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Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye CS II : Specifications and Opinions

Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye CS II

The Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye CS II is a fisheye lens for APS-C, manufactured from 2013. The focus is done by Manual Focus, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 341 €;
74 users have given it an average vote of 8.9 out of 10.

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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Canon EF.

Canon EOS M: this lens is compatible with mirrorless APS-C Canon EOS M.

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Nikon.

Sony E: this lens is compatible with mirrorless APS-C Sony.

Sony A-mount: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Sony A-mount.

Fujifilm X-mount: this lens is compatible with mirrorless APS-C Fuji.

Micro 4/3: this lens is compatible with mirrorless micro-4/3.

Pentax: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Pentax.

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 Focal lenght   8 mm
 Angle of view   180°  (equivalent to a 12mm in Fullframe 24x36mm format)
 Format   APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/3.5
 Aperture blades   6
 Lenses/Groups   10 elements in 7 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.3 meters
 Reproduction ratio  

 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Manual Focus
 Internal Focus   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   417 g
 Dimensions   75 x 77 mm


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sent on May 08, 2014

Pros: Price, price, price!! Sharpness

Cons: Large bulbous front, some plasticky parts (hood and cap), manual focus

Opinion: I desperately needed full-frame fisheye for my D7000, but which would compare performance wise with the Nikkor 16mm f2.8 I use for my almost deceased D700. Secondhand Sigma 10mm and Nikkor 10.5mm were constantly in my Ebay saved search but they still too expensive, for my present financial circumstances. I use full frame fisheye more than is good for me, for music and street capture too, where AF is useful and what I was used to. For architecture and tripod work, MF is fine. At first I was not happy having only f3.5 and not f2.8. The level of detail at f5 and beyond is pinsharp and extraordinary, even at f4 it is good. I was blown away by the quality of a lens one-third cost of the Nikon. Flare resistance is also very good but not quite up to the extraordinary level of the Nikkor 16mm. The Nikkor 16mm was also such a small lens, size of a 50mm f1.4, so that it could be popped into a pocket and carried 'just in case'. The bigger front element of the Samyang means that it's a pouch or lens case, but that is a small price to pay for the lens' sheer usability at the price. I really thought it was going to be a compromise that I'd have to put up with until I could afford something better, now I probably won't bother!

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sent on April 04, 2022

Pros: Fun, build quality, lightweight

Cons: you have to go on a diet, otherwise in the vertical photos, you risk taking the belly in the shots ;)

Opinion: It was perhaps the most apt purchase I have ever made in the photographic field. Taken out of curiosity, I fell in love with it immediately. Despite being manual focus, it is easy to use, just close the aperture a little and you have everything in focus. The particular distortion allows you to exploit unusual and creative points of view. For me it is a must have. Moreover, the image quality is also good.

sent on February 24, 2022

Pros: Sharpness, distortion, build quality

Cons: Flare, loss of sharpness at max. aperture

Opinion: Recently purchased, it immediately struck me for the sharpness found in the entire frame, including margins and qualitatively greater than many other more noble focal lengths. The excellent distortion for an APS-C sensor and the good quality of the materials, do the rest. So far, the only two problems encountered are; the ease with which you find yourself having to face the flares (but I think this is due to the amplitude of the angle of view) and the sharpness that drops drastically giving the idea of being perpetually out of focus when you set the aperture to the maximum aperture. This last problem can also be solved with the sole closure of a stop of the diaphragm itself. Rating 9

sent on November 07, 2021

Pros: Perfect distortion, materials and construction

Cons: A bit dark, lack of exif data on Canon

Opinion: New or used, it's always money well spent. Focal "spatial" to say the least, creativity to "throttle" and pure fun in use. It has the ideal distortion mounted on Canon APS-C, good color rendering. The only drawback; the machine does not recognize the type of optics and therefore the correct exif data is missing. The duty to set in manual adds further charm in its use. Fun, easy and creative! RATING 9

sent on February 09, 2020

Pros: Light, fun, good quality materials, removable lampshade

Cons: Cap too voluminous, optical quality does not excel but you know.

Opinion: Owned for a short time, it's not bad very funny! Bought rebranded walimex, I do not know for which market is branded so, in any case identical to the Sammy. I confirm that the optical quality is decent from f5 to f8, the focus is not a problem given the focal point, maybe the distance scale is a bit inaccurate. The colors are not bad, the deformation is clearly obvious but I repeat you can have fun to try!

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