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All about Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens has sharp focus, consistent output and 180 degree of viewing. It is unique in its class, has wider field depth and enough focal adjustment for shooting close-ups. This lens has eight elements in seven groups, 15 mm of focal length and gelatin holder at rear. Available with maximum aperture of 2.8, fixed petal lens hood and near focus distance of 0.7 feet, this lens is a value for money in its category.

Canon fisheye lens is excellent in high resolution pictures and photography on move. It is an intentionally distorted EF lens that has heavy barrel distortion to create special effects. It is light in weight, small in size and has both, very effective manual focus and fast auto focus. Canon fisheye has frame coverage of 35 mm and quite reasonable build quality. It produces powerful contrast effects in both landscapes and water, is relatively cheaper and easily interchangeable.

Despite being a distorted lens, Canon fisheye can produce nice quality of even distorted portion of the image. It has moderately controlled flare, good corner sharpness and is suitable for shooting both near and far objects. Since it is convex object lens, the picture quality is like that of fish eyes. On safety part, it is good to protect this lens with Canon metal cap. This cap rests on the hood whose inside material protects the hood from scratches.

There are certain negatives in Canon fisheye lens. None of the standard UV protection filters can be used with this lens. Only supplied gelatin filter fits it well. Canon fisheye is bit noisy in operation and its focus is moderately slow that creates even a loud buzz sound. In heavy contrast conditions, chromatic aberration is an issue. 180 degree of viewing is actually diagonal. The lens cap slips off easily. The front lens element is unprotected and can easily get scratches.

Despite the above mentioned drawbacks, Canon EF 15mm f-2.8 fisheye lens is worthy affair. Its color and saturation quality is impressive. Anything that requires ultra wide viewing like architectures, real estate photography and wide landscapes, this lens is perfect choice. Be it inside home shots or shooting from moving vehicles, Canon fisheye produces appealing output.

This lens also calls for creativity at 8 inch focal distance due to certain wild output effects that are produced at this distance. Though there are only five blades in it, its wide lenses never lose the focus of background. At the available price, Canon fisheye is definitely a good bet in its class.

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:37:13 +0000

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