Canon's full-frame, wideangle-to-fisheye zoom lens attempts to offer more than just a one-trick effect. Mat Gallagher finds out whether this lens really should have a place in your kit bag

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Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

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Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM review

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£1,180.00

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Our verdict

The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM remains a slight oddity and yet an extremely fun lens to use. The optical quality is impressive for such a wide lens and the performance is exceptional, from the autofocus to the weather-sealing.

For full-frame users, having the combination of a circular and full-frame fisheye in one optic will no doubt be appealing, although its use is limited by the subjects it will suit and the novelty of severe distortion can wear thin over time. APS-C users and, in some respects, APS-H users (EOS-1D range) are provided with a far less extreme effect and therefore a more widely usable lens.

The results still contain rather severe distortion, however, so remain suited to dynamic scenes and would need heavy lens correction for any landscape or architectural shooting.

Those seeking a controlled lens for APS-C should probably opt for the less expensive Sigma 8-16mm model, but those looking for extreme effects on both APS-C and, particularly, full-frame will really enjoy the possibilities this Canon lens has to offer.

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Filter size:No filter thread
Diaphragm Blades:7
Weight:540g
Max diameter x length:78.5x83mm
Min Aperture:f/22
RRP:1,500
Max Aperture:f/4
Construction:14 elements in 11 groups
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features and build
  3. 3. Handling
  4. 4. Image quality
  5. 5. Distortion control
  6. 6. Resolution
  7. 7. Our verdict
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  • Duncan Dunnit

    Hello,
    I find with this lens, were I to set the lens at infinity it is not always in focus. I would be grateful were you to advise me as to what would you focus on when you are setting your 8-15mm lense to infinity. When I align it directly as it shows on the lens it is not always 100% sharp, we are only talking about 1mm to the left or to the right of it to correct things. But I now connect my nexus 7 to the camera and would like to perfect my infinity thus would be grateful to know as to what should one focus on to achieve this. Thanks for any input.