Today, we are going to be going over what we feel are the best fisheye lens for Canon 80d cameras available right now. As usual, we will be featuring two lenses rather than one just like all of the other fisheye lens recommendation articles we publish.
We will be featuring one premium level lens that really does offer some excellent image quality for your fisheye photography. The second lens that we will be featuring is more of an entry-level budget friendly lens as fisheye photography is one of those things that a whole bunch of people just want to try their hand at without having to spend much money.
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The Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye Lens
The amazing build quality coupled with great performance and excellent functionality on the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 has enabled the lens to exponentially grown in popularity while earned an excellent reputation. Its customer base has chosen to post their own reviews (click here to read some of them) online that you can read to get an independent view of the lens and see how highly photographers regard it.
The high-quality build of the lens is solid meaning that its manual focus ring is very easy to locate and rotate with minimal effort when required. This can allow you to quickly tweak your focus without needing to waste time and the resistance on the focus ring is perfect preventing you from accidentally overturning and having to waste additional time.
The lens mount on the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 will natively attach directly to the lens mount on your Canon 80d camera body allowing you to quickly mount or unmount the lens as and when you need to use it. This can help save you time during your photography session if you are having to quickly hot swap between lenses on the fly to capture different types of photograph or video footage.
The 4.5mm focal range of the lens is a pretty unique focal length with very few other lenses offering it at the time of writing. This ultra wide angle lens allows you to capture the subjects of your photographs with a truly unique angle of view with perfect image quality. Being a prime lens it offers no zoom capability at all but this is not an issue with a fisheye lens anyway as you are specifically using it for its fixes ultra wide angle images.
If you are looking to seriously get involved in fisheye photography with your Canon 80D then the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 should definitely be seriously considered. Yes, it has a high price tag but the performance and functionality it offers is second to none in the fisheye lens niche.
The Rokinon 8mm F3.5 Fisheye Fixed Lens
The lens mount on the Rokinon 8mm F3.5 will allow you to mount it directly to the lens mount on your Canon 80D lens mount without needing to purchase anything like an adaptor or a converter. The build quality of the Rokinon 8mm F3.5 is solid and you are able to easily mount and unmount it from your camera quickly whenever required too.
The 8mm focal length offers a slightly different angle of view than the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 covered above but it is still and ultra wide angle lens that offers some crisp fisheye image quality. Although some people have tried to knock the Rokinon 8mm F3.5’s low light performance, it really isn’t that bad, especially considering its price tag but if low light fisheye photography is something you will be looking to do then the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 covered above is the lens for you.
If you are looking to pick up a very budget friendly fisheye lens for your Canon 80D then chances are that the Rokinon 8mm F3.5 is the lens for you and we would definitely recommend you consider it.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Rokinon 8mm F3.5 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product. Although the lens in the video is under the Samyang brand, it is just down to regional branding and it is the exact same lens as the Rokinon 8mm F3.5 just under the Samyang branding.
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mangMangW – Use fisheye to look at fish 🙂 – https://flic.kr/p/AmhEQW
mangMangW – autumn in a fisheye – https://flic.kr/p/BjTfCj
Nigel Howe – Avalon – https://flic.kr/p/asqkSo