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C. Lens - Samyang 8mm f2.8 UMC Fish-eye II (Fuji X Mount)

Discussion in 'User Reviews' started by Scphoto, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Scphoto

    Scphoto Well-Known Member

    Samyang 8mm f2.8 UMC Fish-eye II (Fuji X Mount)

    The fisheye lens is one of those marmite things – you know the analogy so I won’t bother. As I’m purely in the positive side of that analogy I’m back in the fisheye game – thanks to a 2nd hand purchase of a Samyang 8mm f2.8 UMC Fish-eye II.

    It’s one of the gaps in the Fuji X system plugged by a few manufacturers so there’s no need for an OEM lens to be rushed out. In the fully electronic world of modern cameras the Samyang is a totally manual lens – anyone that’s ever used a fisheye however will realise this is a non-issue as you often shoot at f/8 and 1m to infinity so the world is pretty much in focus regardless. The only issue with a manual lens is the lack of Exif information being passed back to the body.

    Construction wise, it’s a solid lens – well built, controls move well and the aperture ring is nice and simple. The lens hood is superb with a locking mechanism which Canon could have done with the adding to the old EF 15mm (although that originally came out in the 1980’s – so maybe I’m been too critical of them!). The only odd bit is a clear plastic/metal section at the base – looks a bit odd - but looks are unimportant as this is just a lens.

    Image wise, I’m impressed. It’s a great replacement for my old Canon unit.

    Click on the images below for a larger view.

    Corporation Street – Early morning desolation. (Nik Efex Viveza and HDR Single Image Toned)

    Old Square – Too early for the drinkers (Nik Efex Viveza used)

    A bit short as reviews go, but to be honest there's not a lot to add.
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  2. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Good move, the Samyang is rather excellent value for money, especially secondhand. I have one in Nikon fit and it really does do a fine job when it comes to image quality. Oddly enough it also has lens contacts so I do get EXIF data. As far as I know the Nikon version is the only one that does - presumably because most Nikon bodies don't offer exposure metering with non-electronic lenses leaving one with Manual mode only and the old Sunny-16 rule...:rolleyes:
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