Samyang 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

Earlier this week I took delivery of a new lens that shall hopefully give me some artistic flair on my upcoming holidays. It’s a Fisheye lens from Samyang, so it was relatively cheap, but is also completely manual, requiring some learning of how to use the thing before pictures really start to work. I’d been told it’s more a ‘set up for 30 seconds, then snap’ than ‘snap away’ type lens, but I’m doing a little of both and enjoying what I can do with it.

I’m still studying quite hard, so that’s limited my use of it, as has some poor, gloomy weather, but I’d like to share some sample pics so you can get a feel for what it can offer.

Taking a stroll!
Taking a stroll!

As you can see, it’s taking some lovely photos, so long as you don’t zoom in too deeply, as then you see how soft the focus is.  Being completely manual and offering such a wide perspective (167º), it can be very difficult to decipher what is actually in focus when composing the picture.

This might not do much for portraiture, but should yield some great landscape shots.

Author: Sam Heathfield

I'm 29, live on the Gold Coast and have a passion for aviation and Qantas. Currently studying.