Samyang 8mm f2.8 UMC fisheye and NEX 7, no tripod allowed

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10 Responses

  1. Corwin says:

    Heh, not much to say. Nice pics. When I was in front of cathedral I thought that TS-E lens and tripod would be handy. Still never tried.. Seems that fishey works too and gives it quite interesting view.

    For inside, dunno but maybe 15/2.8 and SSS in A99 would help? 🙂 I know I can handhold 1/4 with my ages old camera which has same technology (just older). Kinda miss that “always ON” stabilisation.

    Easy to understand shooting on base ISO. Current mainstream is “cleanest at high ISO”, while I would rather prefer noiseless at base ISO (which actually very few cameras are). Its like SD1M is frown upon for not being able to work over ISO 200. So what, it does work on base ISO and can give you something that almost nothing else can.

    Mainstream thinking is problem cause its quite a lot times what manufacturers think photographers want, but sometimes its just what those loudest want.

    I want camera that is noiseless on base ISO, has 20 mpix of real resolution, great DR (14 eV at least), near-perfect colors and obviously its FF at least (36x36mm would be nice). Can I have it? No, cause its pretty far from mainstream.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Welp, this is the second of your blog posts I have read (the other being the portrait lens-guide, really great, thanks for all the testing!) and hell, this one was fun to read!

  3. Wiktor says:

    Great article!

    I currently have the Samyang 12mm on a A6000 and I am really amazed at the resolution and the rendition of that lens but now having seen your photos I am really considering if I should maybe get the 8mm as well!

  4. Maher says:

    Nice review.

    I had fun and enjoyed reading this review. I got excited and am thinking of going for this lens for my a6000.

    As mentioned towards the end of the post, I would like to support this page and upcoming reviews; however, the affiliated links you include are only for the black lens. I am interested in this lens but silver color as I do consider my camera to be a part of my image. Can you update your links to include this?

    • verysmalllobo verysmalllobo says:

      Hi Maher, thank you for your kind words and decision to support us through using our afilliate links. You can use the published one and then change to your preffered product and your purchase will be still tracked. Thank you once again and Happy New Year to you.

  5. Morty Eisenberg says:

    So the Rokinon is better than the Samyang?

    • Hi Morty,
      I don’t know how you got that idea, but I can’t comment on Rokinon at all. It is supposed to be same lens as Samyang but named as a private label Rokinon on US market. (There are other private labels used for the same lens such as Wallimex e.g.)
      We don’t have them in Europe though and original lens producer brand is Samyang.

  6. Jana says:

    Excellent review, I really like your thought process because it seems to be close to mine. Great to see your results, I love your shots. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  7. Patrick says:

    it’s always fun to use such fisheye lenses in cathedrals. The tripod ban might sound harsh but nowadays in nearly any European tourist place you got dozens of people using selfie sticks and it can get very annoying. However sometimes it is just about not taking a pro-like shot for free, and I don’t like it too much… I remember visiting a castle in Germany and I got scolded by security for using my camera. I put it in my bag and followed the rule… and then I found out at the end that you could use your camera for 2€ more. It just was silly, why did the security guy say it was forbidden…
    Anyway I think I’m going to buy that lens upon your review.

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