In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best fisheye lenses for Sony a6000 cameras currently available on the market right now. With fisheye photography becoming more and more popular and the Sony a6000 being such a popular camera it is no surprise that we see a number of people reaching out for assistance on what lens they should be using with their camera.
We have selected a number of different fisheye lenses that all have excellent reputations within the photography community while also being fully compatible with the a6000’s e type lens mount. Thankfully, advancements in ultra wide and fisheye lenses over the last decade or so have helped bring the prices of the lenses down and make them much more budget friendly.
The Rokinon 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye II Fixed Lens for Sony E-Mount
One thing that we would like to point out about the Rokinon 8mm is that it is the exact same lens as the Samyang 8mm, it is just released under a different brand name in different regions of the world. For example, in North America, you are more likely to see it under the Rokinon brand whereas in Asia the Samyang brand is more popular and in Europe, both are popular depending on the country that you are in. No matter the branding of the lens, they are exactly the same performance and functionality wise and are both credited for the relatively sudden influx in photographers doing fisheye photography as this lens massively lowered the price tag and set the standard for fisheye lenses upon its release.
In our opinion, the budget-friendly price, excellent performance, 8mm focal length, and its ability to naturally fit sony e-mount cameras without the need for a converter has made this lens the best fisheye lens for Sony a6000 cameras on the market. Its build quality is excellent with the lens having been made from a mixture of high-quality plastics and metal to help keep the weight of the lens down while increasing its robustness allowing it to take its share of knocks in your photography bag when traveling to new locations.
One of our favorite factors of its high-build quality is its metal lens mount as shown in the image to the left. If you are a regular reader of our blog you will know that we are not fans of plastic based lens mounts as they have a higher chance of cross threading and potentially damaging your camera when mounting.
Metal lens mounts are usually reserved for higher price lenses but thankfully, Rokinon has seen fit to give the 12mm lens a metal lens mount without needing to increase its cost. This means the lens has solid threads on it and is much less likely to cross thread when you mount it on your camera helping to increase the expected life spans of both the lens and your camera.
The Rokinon 8mm is a fully manual lens that offers no communication with your camera to help optimize its aperture or focal settings when in use. Now we know many entry-level photographers seem to be almost scared off by lenses that are fully manual but the ultra wide angle and focal range of this lens make both manual focus and manual aperture settings very easy making it an ideal first fully manual lens.
Speaking of manually controlling the performance of the lens, the aperture ring on the Rokinon 8mm is very simple and easy to use while the manual focus ring is responsive and smooth with just enough resistance to allow you to easily tweak your focus without over or under-focusing. This allows even entry-level photographers to get some excellent ultra wide-angle fisheye style photographs with little effort as shown in the image below.
One thing that we would like to point out about the Rokinon 8mm is that it is available in a number of different lens mount styles for various cameras. If you choose to pick it up from anywhere other than the links on the page to the lens that will take you to the correct lens mount be sure to get the Sony E Mount fitting, this will ensure that the lens will fit on your Sony a6000 without issue.
You do get a lens hood included as standard with the lens to help you better control the way light can enter your lens but in most situations, it is not essential. Additionally, due to the overextending lens on fisheye camera lenses, you are not able to attach any lens filters but again, with fisheye photography, this is not needed anyway but we just wanted to point it out.
The Meike 6.5mm Ultra Wide f/2.0 Fisheye Lens
The build quality of the Meike 6.5mm is small, solid, and simple helping to keep costs down while ensuring the lens is as robust as possible for the price. This offers a very budget friendly circular fisheye lens that will work with your a6000 while offering you a 190-degree field of view. We would like to point out that the 190-degree field of view can end up becoming a pain as it can see slightly behind you while also being prone to picking up your fingers, feet or hands as shown in the image below.
That said, this is still a good fisheye lens for Sony a6000 cameras that can offer you some truly unique photographs. With the rise of social media sites like Instagram, circular fisheye lenses have seen an increase in popularity due to their photographs better fitting the dimensions required for Instagram as the traditional landscape fisheyes end up having to cut off the majority of the image.
The f/2 aperture of the lens offers great performance with excellent image quality in various low light conditions such as indoors or night time photography. Again, the lens is fully manual with zero communication between the lens and your a6000 but this is totally acceptable for a lens that is priced as low as this.
Thankfully, both the manual aperture and manual focus rings are very responsive and easy to use although in our opinion, they could do with a little bit more resistance on them to help you overturning. Again though, the lens is very easy to get in focus allowing even entry-level photographers to capture some excellent quality fisheye photographs with this lens.
One thing that we would like to bring to your attention with the Meike 6.5mm is the fact that its front element is very vulnerable to scratches when in use. The image to the left shows a close up of the element and due to the nature of this type of fisheye, finding a UV protection filter is a nightmare.
A basic lens cap is included as standard with the lens upon purchasing and we would advise you to apply to lens cap as soon as you stop taking photographs to help reduce the chances of the front element getting scratches. With this style of lens, a scratch totally ruins the performance of the lens and it can be a total pain to have the element replaces on less popular lenses like this.
The Meike 6.5mm is very small and relatively lightweight for the performance it offers making it ideal for anyone who wants to take fisheye photographs while traveling. It is very easy to store in your photography bag and it will not bring much attention to you while using it to take photographs as some other, larger lenses can.
Surprisingly, the Meike 6.5mm comes with a metal lens mount as standard that is pretty rare at this price point. The threads on the mount are solid and will help to reduce any cross threading on your cameras threads when attached. The lens is also very quick and easy to attach to the Sony E mount system that the Sony a6000 uses allowing you to easily switch between lenses when required.
All in all, the Meike 6.5mm is a good fisheye lens for Sony alpha a6000 users as well as any uses of other mirrorless cameras provided you ensure you get the correct mount type for your camera brand. The links on this page will take you directly to the Sony E mount variant of the lens but versions for Canon and Nikon are also available.
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