Fishy – Samyang 8mm f2.8 UMC Fish-eye II (Fuji X Mount)

The fisheye lens is one of those marmite things – you know the analogy so I won’t bother.   As I’m purely in the positive side of that analogy I’m back in the fisheye game – thanks to a 2nd hand purchase of a Samyang 8mm f2.8 UMC Fish-eye II.

It’s one of the gaps in the Fuji X system plugged by a few manufacturers so there’s no need for an OEM lens to be rushed out.  In the fully electronic world of modern cameras the Samyang is a totally manual lens – anyone that’s ever used a fisheye however will realise this is a non-issue as you often shoot at f/8 and 1m to infinity so the world is pretty much in focus regardless.   The only issue with a manual lens is the lack of Exif information being passed back to the body.

Construction wise, it’s a solid lens – well built, controls move well and the aperture ring is nice and simple.   The lens hood is superb with a locking mechanism which Canon could have done with the adding to the old EF 15mm (although that originally came out in the 1980’s – so maybe I’m been too critical of them!).   The odd bit is a clear plastic/metal underneath section at the base – looks a bit odd, but looks are unimportant as this is just a lens.

Image wise, I’m impressed.   I’ve not gone down the pixel peeping route as frankly I can’t be bothered.   For me it’s a great replacement for the old Canon unit.

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Corporation Street – Early morning desolation. (Nik Efex Viveza and HDR Single Image Toned)
Old Square – Too early for the drinkers (Nik Efex Viveza used)