Samyang 8mm F2.8 Manual Focus Lens

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The Samyang 8mm is a very wide angled lens; a fisheye lens. I have always wanted to try something like this but on a Canon, it’s quite expensive. The Samyang on a Fuji fit was about £200, so it doesn’t break the bank.

The lens its self is very well put together, feels strong and sturdy, has a good weight to it and the aperture ring has a nice resistance, although the manual focus dial is far too hard to turn for my liking – this does mean it doesn’t get knocked and the focus shifts.

The lens has no Autofocus and is manual; which when you are so used to autofocus, takes some time to get to grips with.

Near where I work is one of the Nottingham Trent University sites, I thought I’d see if I could capture some of the interesting buildings using the fisheye lens effects.

As you can see, this lens can really give a great effect to your pictures. What I did find is the lens is difficult to get sharp being manual focus. I ended up sticking the lens on F8 and infinity on the focusing ring. This does mean the ISO has to be pushed up to get a handheld shutter speed, but in the sunshine this isn’t an issue, in darker conditions, this might mean an ISO of 6400 – which is easy for the little Fuji’s!

By far and away my favourite shot of the day was the one taken in the shopping mall under the council building in Market Square.

This shot gives me a headache…. It’s so wide that it pulls in from behind me…

Andy