Samyang fisheye lens review
This 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC lens is the newest model in this series and the first of the Samyang Fisheye lens, which have been designed especially for the Micro Four Thirds Mounts.
Is not only compact, but it also has superior optics and is fully compatible with any micro four-thirds camera system. It provides a 180º angle of view and is ideal for capturing panoramic vistas. It is also excellent for stitching together full 360º views thus making it perfect for exploring.
This Samyang Fisheye Lens is for all those creative photographers out there who wish to experiment. Users can use wide-angle lenses through distortion and exaggeration of normal perspectives and can experiment with its large depth of field.
This makes it a great lens for fun portraits and close-ups. It also has an in-built petal-shaped lens hood which only protects the lens but also makes sure that your photographs remain free of glare and flare.
Moreover, this lens for micro four-thirds cameras is very user-friendly as it is easy to use and carry around. It is also very affordable which makes it a great option for MFT users who wish to explore the photography universe from a fisheye perspective within a budget.
So, let us have a look at the features of this Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fisheye MFT Lens in detail in order to know what makes it so amazing and noteworthy!
From its build to diminutive size and IQ everything is perfect. It has top-notch quality and the surface is not at all prone to scratches. The metal base is fault also really sturdy and strong and has a heft to it to add stability.
The plastic used to manufacture it is also quite robust so basically, there is no fault which can be found in the exterior build. Another thing which is noteworthy is that the aperture ring can turn clockwise from wide open to stoop down.
Moreover, as there is so much DOF, users will find themselves shooting at F22 instead of 3.5 many times because it is excellent! It is a big deal that in such small size and such low cost you get a smooth focus and well-built aperture ring which are a pleasure to use.
Secondly, this lens is also capable of taking photos at ISO 100 with an extremely low light situation. It is only 3.5 aperture but with the wide opening users can take photos without needing extra support even at slow shutter speed than 1:2, 5 and that too without any hassle.
The manual focus can also be handled without any issue. So if users are taking landscape images, it is enough to keep it at infinity to get perfect results.
The optical quality is also exceptional. It is sharp in the center and users will be taken back by its extreme sharpness. The mid area isn’t much fall either. There is some distortion at the corners but it looks really nice as it gives a special effect.
Few other things, you can easily de-fish this lens as well and capture some nice 14mm equivalent results with decent corners too. It is also better in terms of contrast and color. It is snappy and smooth which gives it very good sharpness and overall great results.
Just mind your knuckles and take your time during composition and it will definitely wow you.
Summing it up this is an exceptional lens that comes with a price tag which only a fool will resist. Mark my words, this is the lens which will take some of your favorite shots as it did mine and you will not regret this purchase.
It is a wise investment. Its size may be crazy small but compared to other fisheye lenses I have tried, it has the most features and is also a heck of a lot of fun to use.
• Focal Length: 7.5 mm
• Max Aperture: f/3.5
• Min Aperture: f/22
• Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
• Angle of View: 180°
• Minimum Focus Distance: 0.09 m / 3.54″
• Dimensions: 60 x 48.3 mm / 2.36 x 1.90″ (D x L)
• Diaphragm Blades: 6
• Focus Type: Manual Focus
• Optical Design: 9 Elements in 7 Groups
• Image Stabilization: None
• Filter Size: None
• Weight: 197 g / 7 oz.
What’s in the box?
• 1 x Front and Rear Lens Caps
• 1 x Lens Pouch
• 1 x Limited 1-Year Warranty
• Its mechanical stability is excellent
• it is perfectly compatible with Olympus PEN E-PL5 and E-PL7 bodies
• it offers a built-in lens hood
• the lens cap locks securely and fits nicely
• It focuses from infinity to about 3″ away from a subject
• The contrast and color rendition are very good.
• It also has a nice bokeh at very low F
• It is razor sharp at center
• It is easy to carry around as it is fairly compact
• It has a large depth of field
• It is simple to use
• There are chromatic aberrations and a bit of blur at the very edge
• The focus ring is a little tight to rotate.
• Its protection filter cannot be used properly
• It is completely manual
• After attaching the lens you have to re-check aperture settings and distance.
• Indirect and bright sun it produces lens flare
So this lens is a must have as you don’t find such a good bargain all the time. It is one of the best lenses Samyang has ever developed and has taken the market by storm. I couldn’t be any happier with this investment as it turned out to be quite profitable.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone – see on eBay – as they really ought to give this lens a try as well. It is perfect for both beginners and professionals as it has it all. Do give in your input and I hope that this review was helpful for you.