My Favorite Fisheye Lens Review

My Favorite Fisheye Lens Review

The word “distortion” typically has a negative connotation, however in the world of fisheye lenses, distortion is intentional, and used purposefully to create an illusion of extreme depth. Why do people use fisheye lenses? Because there’s not a better way to showcase the world from a spherical standpoint. Learn the ins and outs of ultra wide-angle photography by reading my favorite fisheye lens review.

three canon fisheye lenses

What Is A Fisheye Lens?

A fisheye is an ultra wide-angle lens that produces visual distortion. Due to the shape of the lens, the photos appear panoramic or hemispherical. Standard camera lenses have a 50 degree angle of view, while a 15mm wide angle lens, or fisheye, has a 180 degree angle of view.

Because of this angle, everything you see in front of the lens will be visible in the image. Much of the distortion occurs at the edges of the photo, making the objects in the center appear unusually large. This creates the distorted perspective unique to fisheye lenses.

The beauty of extreme wide-angle lenses is that straight lines are no longer straight, but become warped and curved. This allows you to get some amazing compositions, whether you’re shooting cityscapes, architecture, or landscapes. When used strategically, the distortion created by a fisheye lens can be used to draw the viewer into the image, making it an effective tool in creating engaging visual stories.

Wide-angle lenses can also be used judiciously to take some interesting selfies and portraits. Keep in mind that distortions can occur in head size or make the subject look heavier than they are. Use fisheyes to comically distort facial features for fun caricatures.

Fisheye Lens Effect

The following are some examples of photos taken with an ultra-wide fisheye lens. I love the circular effect below:

beach with palm trees

This shot is cool too:

fisheye view of city

Love this skyline! Fisheyes lenses are particularly useful for shooting from low angles:

cityscape at night

Distortion can be dreamy:

green glow in woods at night

I love how the buildings on either side of the canal appear to be bending inwards:

canal with buildings on side

Here’s another image shot from a low angle:

city scape form ground view

This photo certainly conveys a mood:

snow covered pine trees at night

Canon Fisheye Lens

As you can see, fisheye lenses make it possible to capture unique shots that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. They for sure wouldn’t be as interesting. There’s no end to the spectacular effects you can create with ultra wide-angle lenses.

My favorite fisheye lens is the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 ultra wide zoom lens. It works on cropped sensors, but is made for full frame cameras in order to get a complete 180-degree field of view along it’s diagonal. This is the only fisheye zoom lens that goes from full circular to extra wide, producing both circular and diagonal fisheye images, and the autofocus is fast, ensuring laser sharp images.

The Canon 8-15mm fisheye performs well in low light, and at night, which is a significant bonus because ultra wide-angle lenses are especially amazing in capturing beautifully lit cityscapes at night.

The 8-15mm fisheye is definitely one of the highest-quality professional Canon wide-angle lenses for full-frame sensors. It’s also one of the best multi-purpose fisheye lenses because of its wide zoom range.

With a 4 1/2 star review, it’s unanimous this lens is a winner. It’s not exactly inexpensive, but then again, not many Canon lenses are, and considering how incredible it performs, It’s well worth the price.

4 1/2 star rating stars


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Key Points

Fisheye lenses incorporate intentional distortion to create unparalleled shots that would be impossible using a regular wide- angle or portrait lens. I love them because they provide limitless creative potential.

I know fixed lenses are fast, with wide aperatures, and I have a couple favorites that I use regularly, but I mostly prefer using zoom lenses. If I’m in a hurry or distracted, I dislike taking the time to switch lenses. If you’re in the market for a fisheye, definitely check out this little beauty by Canon. It may just be your new favorite toy!

Do you have a fisheye lens? Let me know in the comments:)

canon fisheye lens

6 thoughts on “My Favorite Fisheye Lens Review”

  1. I love taking these sort of panoramic shots on my phone, but by reading your article I learned that they are normally taken with a fisheye lens.

    I want to try taking the photo’s from low to high as you have demonstrated, as I haven’t tried that yet and they look stunning.

    Reading this made me miss my Canon camera which I sold because it was cumbersome and I thought I could just take pics with my phone, but it isn’t quite the same quality, unfortunately.

    • Thanks for reading Michel. Panoramic shots are fun, aren’t they? I like experimenting with different angles, especially shooting from a low angle with fisheye lenses. You can get some really unique shots!

  2. I am a lover of photography and I love taking pictures of landscapes and I believe this Canon fisheye lens will be a great lens to bring greater artistic expression, drama and even humor to my images. I like that it has the ability to focus close to a subject, and get a large depth of the field. Great review! Keep it up.

    • Thanks for you comment. I love landscape photography also. Fisheye lenses are great for cityscapes, landscapes, and architectural photography. They’re even pretty fun for portraits and selfies! The depth of field and distortion is amazing!

  3. I have always been interested in learning photography, but the timing just never seemed right to continue learning, due to the many other responsibilities, including work. I am glad that you have provided information here on the basics of fisheye lens/ photography. And oh by the way, your photos are so amazing, makes me feel like I am actually there seeing the view right in front of me.

    • Photography is awesome and so fun to learn about. I understand though that learning takes time, and other responsibilities get in the way. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.


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