Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Last updated (28 May’10):
- Review by KenRockwell

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye is a wide angle lens. The lens features 15mm fisheye at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 8 elements in 7 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 180 degrees. Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with AFD, Closest focusing distance at 0.7 feet and has a filter size of Rear gel holder. The Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens weighs 11.6 ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter, 2.4 inches long.

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Reviews reviews the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye and writes;
“The Canon 15mm f/2.8 fisheye is the sharpest fisheye I’ve used. It’s always sharp, getting best by f/5.6 in the farthest corners. Lateral color is more of a detriment to sharpness than sharpness itself here. If you’re shooting distant flat landscapes, there is a tiny bit of curvature of field. “
rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye and writes;
“The Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye is a very fine lens. Wide open, it is probably a bit sharper than the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L in the corners. Vignetting is apparent wide open but less than the 16-35mm which is also a good news!”
rating: N/A reviews the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye and writes;
“..the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye is a very decent performer with high resolution figures and good construction quality (apart from the cap design). However, there´re some question marks whether the APS-C format doesn´t destroy most of the fisheye effect ..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆ reviews the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye and writes;
“I am impressed with the image quality from a lens this wide. If you don’t mind the severe distortion or are willing to post-process the distortion out, the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens will make a very nice wide angle lens for you.”
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User Opinions

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye User Reviews

Good fisheye but not an L | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I have been a fisheye fan for years. Photos taken with this type of lens can be very striking because they enable a viewer to see all at once a scene that cannot be viewed as a whole normally. A fisheye or other superwide lens is often the best way to capture a big landscape. No other lens has better depth of field making it possible to take photos in sharp focus from a few inches to infinity. Barrel distortion is largely eliminated or disguised in a landscape photo by putting the horizon in the center of the shot. “ – by George

Totally Fun | Rating: ★★★★★
“This has been an Amazingly fun lens. Although the quality is not an “L” series canon, the very minor lack in sharpness and contrast, is made up by the awesome “fisheye” images produced by this lens. Talk about seeing things differently, this lens will will do that and some. “ – by Reece

Canon Fisheye 15mm | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Fantastic!!! I have often wondered why they don’t bring out a newer version of this lens as this is fairly old now and what with the specifics of the digital camera I was expecting to have to be careful how I used this lens (especially as I am using the 5D). In actual fact the quality is amazing. No picture fall off like you can get on the zooms with the large sensor (such as 24-105 for example). I must however add that this is just based on my first impressions and first experiments with the lens but my feeling is that it won’t let me down. “ – by Andrew Johnson

Very, Very Sharp Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have used this lens at Division 1A football games this season. I use it on a 5D to take shots of the stadium. It is tack sharp. Last night I saw a six foot wide (!) canvas print the university had made I shot with this lens; even with close inspection it held up nicely. If you must have a sharp lens this is the one. “ – by pro foto

Great lens for reasonable price | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens performs at top quality levels in terms of contrast, resolution, and color rendition. It is a full-frame fisheye design, i.e., on a 24x36mm sensor (or film) the diagonal angle of view is 180 degrees, and the full frame area is covered (not a “circular fisheye”). Autofocus is a bit “buzzy” – it’s not an ultrasonic motor type – but quick and accurate. For landscape work this wouldn’t be an issue anyway, but good AF is very useful when making use of the possibilities for extreme close perspective portraits of animals, etc.” – by Jess I. Levin

Beautiful Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This wildly wide fisheye takes gorgeous pictures and is excellent for nightlife, events and gatherings. The wide aperture works well in low light and the distortion provides a great effect. Now that I’ve moved up to full frame I can see even more of the distortion now. The lens is so small, I always pack this one no matter what event I do.” – by jonny I. “designcentric”

A good diagonal fisheye | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Fisheye lenses come in two varieties. Both types create a heavily barrel-distorted image that provides a roughly 180 degree field of view. Circular fisheyes create a circular image that falls entirely within the frame, leaving black around the edges. The circular image covers a full 180 degrees in all directions. Diagonal fisheyes, which fill the frame, give a 180 degree view only along the frame’s diagonals. With both types, a crop-frame camera such as a Canon Rebel or 50D will reduce the field of view significantly unless the fisheye lens is specificially designed for a crop-frame sensor. This will have the effect of significantly reducing the fisheye effect, which is at its most dramatic around the edges of the image (precisely the area lost by crop-frame sensors)… Image sharpness, contrast, and color are quite good, and the lens can focus down to 20 cm (about 8″), which allows for the kind of dramatic perspectives that fisheye lenses are famous for. There are some chromatic aberrations around the edges, but these can be easily corrected in software if you’re shooting digital. Every once in a while, when the sun is just out of the frame, I will see a bit of flare, though oddly this never seems to happen when the sun is actually IN the frame. “ – by Craig Dickson

I prefer more fisheye distortion | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“This is a good quality canon lenses. The pictures are clear and sharp but this lenses is more like a wide angle than a fisheye. When I had my Nikon the Nikor fisheye lenses 10 mm gave me the circular look that I wanted from a fisheye lenses. “ – by J. Moore

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Features & Specifications

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Specifications

Love the fisheye effect? Turn to the Canon EF 15mm fisheye lens, which offers an ultra-wide 180-degree angle of view for capturing scenes well beyond your natural field of vision. As with all fisheye lenses, the 15mm provides a ton of unique and interesting effects, with a minimum focusing distance of 8 inches giving new meaning to close-up shots. Best of all, the lens is tack-sharp throughout its entire focus range. The lens–which includes a fixed petal-type hood and a built-in rear filter holder that holds up to three gel filters at once–carries a one-year warranty.

* Focal length: 15mm fisheye
* Maximum aperture: f/2.8
* Lens construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
* Diagonal angle of view: 180 degrees
* Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with AFD
* Closest focusing distance: 0.7 feet
* Filter size: Rear gel holder (accepts up to 3 precut gel filters)
* Dimensions: 2.9 inches in diameter, 2.4 inches long
* Weight: 11.6 ounces

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

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