For this article, we are going to be looking at the best fisheye lens for Canon 1300d cameras currently available on the market. As the 1300d is more of an entry-level camera, we are going to be focusing on the fisheye lenses with a lower price tag. This will allow you to capture some great fisheye photographs with your camera that have some great image quality without needing to break the bank to get your feet wet in this unique photography niche.
We were unable to settle on one single lens and ended up deciding to feature two in our article as we honestly feel they both deserve the title of the best fisheye lens for your camera. Both lenses provide very similar image quality, a similar build quality, similar functionality, and a similar price tag. Both of these lenses will also fit directly to the lens mount on your 1300d’s camera body allowing you to quickly mount or unmount the lens as required.
The Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Edit – Since publishing this article, we have published a dedicated review of the Opteka 6.5mm fisheye lens that you may find helpful.
The lenses popularity and selling points mentioned above have resulted in plenty of reviews being posted online (click here to read some of them) by other independent photographers who have picked up the lens for fisheye photography. We know that our readers are busy but if you have a few minutes spare we would recommend that you read a few of those reviews to get an independent opinion of the lens.
Due to the 6.5mm focal length of the lens, you really are able to get a unique angle of view when compared to most other lenses on the market. This offers you some unique photographs with excellent image quality that help your photographs stand out from the competition. Additionally, the 6.5mm focal point is very easy for you to focus the lens using the manual focus ring without issue.
As the lens is an entry level lens it does have a flaw, in the case of the Opteka 6.5mm, it is its low light performance. Although you are able to get some great photographs in good and variable light conditions, the image quality can suffer a little in lower light conditions but the photographs are still decent considering the price point of the lens.
Adding the Opteka 6.5mm to your collection of lens accessories will allow you to dabble in fisheye photography with your Canon 1300d without the need to break the bank. One thing that we would like to point out is that this is an Aspherical lens meaning the actual front element of the lens is convex and sicks out from the body of the lens. This means that you are not able to mount traditional lens filters to the lens and further customise its performance but in all honesty, the lens performs well enough anyway and chances are you won’t be wabting to mount and lens filters anyway.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Opteka 6.5mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Meike 8mm f/3.5 Ultra Wide Angle Fisheye Lens
Again, the Meike 8mm is a very budget friendly lens that will mount directly to the lens mount on your Canon 1300d camera body without issue. It has a solid build quality, provides some decent functionality for its price, and it also has above average performance for its price point in the market.
Again the main drawback of the Meike 8mm is its low light performance. The f/3.5 aperture of the lens does not do much in low light situations but for the price of the lens, there has to be one downside. That said, try to use your Meike 8mm in decent light or variable lighting conditions wherever possible for optimal image quality and you should be fine. Sometimes tweaking the manual focus ring of the lens or putting it on a tripod in low light conditions so it is perfectly still can help improve the low light performance of the lens.
Adding the Meike 8mm to your lens accessories for your Canon 1300D will allow you to capture images at a very unique angle of view without needing to break the bank or spend money that could otherwise be spent on other camera accessories to improve your photography capabilities in other ways. Again, this is an Aspherical lens so you are unable to mount any lens filters on it to customize its performance but for fisheye photography, there is little to no need to do this anyway.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Meike 8mm f/3.5 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.