We keep seeing people asking about a decent fisheye lens for Canon Rebel T5 cameras as more and more people decide to either try their hand at fisheye photography or add a fisheye capability to the services that the offer. That said, these two options usually have different budgets in mind so we will be featuring two different lenses.
Initially, we will be going over what we feel is the best lens to pick up if you have paying clients and are looking to offer a fisheye photography service. We will then be going over a more budget-friendly fisheye lens for those who are just wanting to try their hand at fisheye photography while keeping their initial costs as low as possible.
The Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye Lens
Due to this and the higher price tag of the lens, it has not proven particularly popular within the community as the vast majority of people who partake in fisheye photography simply want to try their hand at it rather than use it as their main or one of their main photography niches.
Being a prime lens with the ultra wide angle lens focal length of 4.5mm the lens is perfect for all fisheye photography situations. It allows you to capture some excellent photographs with some of the best fisheye image quality that you are ever going to get. The lens is also extremely easy to use and the manual focus controls on the lens are very easy to use as the 4.5mm focal length makes the lens very easy to focus.
The f/2.8 aperture of the lens also offers you some excellent low light performance making this the obvious choice if you have paying clients wanting fisheye photographs. One of the main niches where this will come in handy is with concert photography as they often want the exciting, abstract fisheye look on their photographs but the majority of the entry level fisheye lenses simply can’t perform in low light.
Although we mentioned the build quality of the lens earlier we just want to touch on it again. Being a lens from Sigma it should be no surprise that the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 is a very robust lens that can take a ton of punishment without issue. Depending on what you are planning on using the lens for this can be a major selling point for you.
If you are looking to pick up a solid lens that offers what we feel is the best performance available on the market then you have to check out the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8. Just keep in mind that you will be paying for the privilege of the exceptional performance of the lens.
The Rokinon FE8M-C 8mm F3.5
Although it is based around the 8mm focal length it still provides some great fisheye photographs just with a slightly different viewpoint. Additionally, the Rokinon 8mm is not a circular fisheye lens allowing you to use the lens in more situations and then add the circular effect in post if needed.
The photograph below captured using the Rokinon FE8M-C 8mm F3.5 offers a decent example of the type of fisheye photograph and the image quality that the lens can provide.
A great landscape photograph that was taken using the Rokinon FE8M-C 8mm F3.5 that shows both the landscape and low light photography potential of the lens.
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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