Had an opportunity to take the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM zoom lens out for a try.
This recently available lens is the world’s first fisheye zoom lens offering both circular and full frame images. When paired with a full frame camera, such as the Canon 5D MarkII, photographers are able to capture circular to full-frame fisheye images. My test location was the National Museum of Singapore, and boy! did I have fun with this lens.
|Trees on Fort Canning Road used as a frame|
|Museum's main lobby (set at 8mm)|
Set at 8mm the lens gives you a circular image which can be very interesting but there's some vignetting as is seen in the image above where there's a purplish tint around the edge.
What I loved about this lens is its versatility. At 15mm it becomes a great super-wide angle lens that allows one to take it all in and the image is wow!
|Abbas, 45 years in photography exhibition hall (set at 15 mm)|
It can also be used in a situation if you have an interesting subject in an area that you want to highlight.
Overall, the lens is a great one to have and allows you to get creative. As it is an extreme fisheye be careful not to get your feet, arms, bag, etc into your photo like I did.
This lens is now on my wish list.