Friday, September 16, 2011

Trying out the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM zoom lens

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.

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