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Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II APS-C Lens (2014)

Neoscore 31%NEX score 54%

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Product Overview

Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II is a manual-focus ultra wide-angle prime lens for Canon EF-M-mount, Fujifilm X-mount, Samsung NX-mount, and Sony E-mount. It covers the APS-C image circle. Introduced by Samyang in 2014, it has 11 elements in 8 groups.
Manual focus may be limiting to some, but purists will find it much more engaging. There are also fewer things to go wrong on the long run. Unfortunately, Samyang has opted to omit weather sealing for this lens, so owners should pay extra attention when shooting in incremental weathers.
As an ultra wide-angle prime lens that happens to have relatively small maximum aperture, it is best suited for landscape photography. Even though the lens is not stabilized, at this focal range it does not usually matter. In fact, some may be able to get cleaner corners without image stabilization. Those who like sunstars (sun bursts) will be pleased by the lens' even-numbered aperture count, though conversely those who find sunstars distracting may have the opposite feeling.
Some photographers may be disappointed by the fact that the lens does not accept front screw-on filters.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 31% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • 180° FOV
  • Reasonably well built
Cons
  • Lacks front filter thread
  • Lacks weather sealing

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 54% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very good build quality
  • Reasonable price of 360 euros
Cons
  • Build quality is a little bit less good and more important colors are very saturated and dark
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
6 blades
Colors
Silver, black
Form Factor
Ultra Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Image Size
APS-C
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring, Distance scale
Lens Mount
Canon EF-M-mount, Fujifilm X-mount, Samsung NX-mount, Sony E-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
11 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
8 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
2 aspherical + 3 ED, Ultra Multi Coating groups

Dimensions

Size | Diameter
60 mm / 2.36 in
Size | Length
65 mm / 2.56 in
Weight
265 g / 9.36 oz

Function

Angle Of View
180° Diagonal (fisheye)
Aperture
f/2.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
No
Crop Factor
1.5
Focal Length
8 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
12.0 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
No

Performance

Min Focus Distance
300 mm / 11.81 in

Production

Debut
2014-03-21

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External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 54%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
All photos taken with Sony A6000 and without post processing are available in full size (24Mpix) in the following Flickr album. Samyang has 10 manual lenses for Sony APSC bodies with E mount like A6000. 6 out of 10 were specially designed for mirrorless and achieve globally very good performances with a small size and reasonable price.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good build quality
  • Compact & lightweight Excellent sharpness Fisheye with Stereographic projection, and filling the entire image frame so much more natural looking images and much more usable
  • Reasonable price of 360 euros
Cons
  • Build quality is a little bit less good and more important colors are very saturated and dark

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2018/07/16/samyang-8mm-f2-8-umc-fisheye-ii/. 2018-07-16. Retrieved 2022-01-29.

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