Today we are going to be going over what we feel is the best fisheye lens for Sony a6500 cameras on the market right now. In fact, we are actually going to be covering two of them. This is due to fisheye photography being something that some people rather just dabble in rather than try to add it to their photography niche capabilities.
Both lenses provide a great fisheye capability while also attaching directly to the Sony E-mount on your a6500. The initial lens we will be featuring has a higher price tag but also provides a better image quality, more functionality, and better performance. The second lens that we will be featuring is very budget friendly and is perfect if you are an entry-level photographer or are just wanting to dabble in fisheye photography for fun and aren’t looking to take it seriously.
The Rokinon 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye
Anyway, this excellent little fisheye lens comes with a great build quality making it very robust and easy to use. Its manual focus ring is easy to locate and easy to turn to allow you to quickly and easily adjust the focal level of the lens due to its focal length only being 8mm. Additionally, Sony E-mount on the lens is made from high-quality metal rather than plastic allowing it to quickly and easily attach to the lens mount on your Sony a6500 camera body without issue.
The ultra wide 8mm focal length on the lens gives a truly unique angle of view allowing you to capture some unique fisheye style photographs that have an excellent level of image quality. Although the low light performance of the lens has received mixed reviews, the majority of feedback on its low light performance seems to be positive with only a small amount of it criticizing the lens or being negative.
All in all, if you are wanting to capture some excellent quality fisheye photographs and have the funds available, we would definitely recommend that you check out the Rokinon 8mm and consider adding it to your camera accessories.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Rokinon 8mm F2.8 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product. The lens reviewed in the video is under the Samyang branding but it is the exact same lens as the Rokinon 8mm f2.8 just under the branding of a different region.
The Meike 6.5mm Ultra Wide f/2.0 Fisheye Lens
As you would expect from its small price tag, both the lenses performance and functionality are pretty limited but the build quality is actually decent for its price point. It also has a fully metal Sony E-mount rather than a plastic variant that can sometimes result in damage helping to keep your Sony a6500 lens mount in working order for longer.
The image quality of the lens is decent but you can definitely tell that it is from a cheaper lens and the manual focus ring on the lens is a little too resistant making it a little difficult to turn at times but for the vast majority of fisheye photography situations this will not matter anyway. The low light performance of the lens is surprisingly strong in all fairness and rivals that of the Rokinon 8mm while actually being able to beat it in some circumstances.
As the focal length of the Meike is only 6.5mm it offers an even more unique angle of view providing some extremely ultra wide-angle photographs that can help your photographs stand out from the competition. If you are wanting to try your hand at fisheye photography without spending too much money then the Meike 6.5mm can be a great little lens to wet your feet and get a feel for this unique photography niche without having to spend too much at all.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Meike 6.5mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.