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Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

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93% of reviewers $560.65
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.58
8.27
9.2
ef15mmf_28_1_

Specifications:
Fisheye lens with a 180 angle of view for unique and intriguing effects. The wide depth of field makes it even more interesting. The short minimum focusing distance of 8 in. (20 cm) gives new meaning to close-up shots. The lens has a fixed petal-type hood and a gelatin filter holder at the rear.


 


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vince
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Registered: Mar 18, 2002
Location: China
Posts: 306
Review Date: Mar 18, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Decent build, excellent sharpness, color and contrast.
Cons:
Front element is very easy to damage or get your fingers on.

I am surprised at others complaining about barrel distortion of this lens. The lens is DESIGNED to perform that way. It's a fisheye lens, in case you've all forgotten.

I was quite pleased with the results from this lens. The optics are outstanding, and the color saturation and contrast are excellent. I'd recommend this lens without a hesitation. Of course you have barrel distortion but remember this is a fisheye.

The front element is so big and unprotected it's very easy to get your fingers on it or scratch it, so I had to be very careful when using this lens.


Mar 18, 2004
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dbarthel
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Registered: Dec 13, 2002
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Review Date: Jul 21, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $560.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Only way to go wide on a 10D
Cons:
Barrel Distortion of course by design

I use the 15mm with ImageAlign from Grasshopper Software in NZ to get really wide architectural shots. The 15mm on the 10D is about the same as the 14mm on a full frame camera, and much less expensive, even including $200 for Imagealign. The nice thing about ImageAlign is it is WYSIWYG. No regrets on this purchase

Jul 21, 2003
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Jack Flesher
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Registered: Oct 23, 2002
Location: United States
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Review Date: Apr 7, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $480.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Incredibly sharp, relatively compact, can filter it with gells from the rear
Cons:
Significant barrel distortion ;)

This lens is surprsingly sharp, and shows essentially no optical flaws such as CA with my 1Ds. It is also a bunch of fun to play around with! While the fisheye effect can get over-played, interestingly if you compose with care you can often generate images that apear almost "normal" with no obvious barrel distortion.

As an aside, I also have played around with correcting the barrel distortion with the "Panotools" plug-in for PS. When done correctly, you end up with what is essentially a FOV equivalent to that from a 12.5mm rectilinear wide angle lens. Very cool!


Apr 7, 2003
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Martin
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Registered: Jan 1, 2002
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Review Date: Mar 29, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Extreme wide angle view. Great since image multiplier still makes this lens very wide angle.
Cons:
Need to use software(Imagealign) to remove fisheye appearance.

For those of us who don't have a full frame DSLR, this lens provides a good way to get those extreme wide angle shots. The Imagealign software does a great job of removing the curvature normally produced by this lens. When used with some cropping of the edges of the frame, a very wide angle image can be produced which does not resemble a fisheye image.

Mar 29, 2003
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John MacLean
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Registered: Jan 11, 2002
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Posts: 391
Review Date: Mar 29, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $720.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp as a tack
Cons:
none that I can think of

sharper than the 14mm with little to no CA. Not your everyday lens, but a nice departure when used sparingly!

Mar 29, 2003
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Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
69 182355 Jul 17, 2014
Recommended By Average Price
93% of reviewers $560.65
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.58
8.27
9.2
ef15mmf_28_1_


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