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CONCLUSION: Time to wrap is this review of the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fish Eye, in a nutshell;
BUILD QUALITY: It’s top notch, especially for something priced like this, granted, its manual focus, but both the focus and aperture rings are smooth and well dampened and given the depth of field of a fish eye lens, focus is less of an issue when the lens is stopped down to f/5.6 or f/8. For build, we thoguht it was really solid and gave it a 9/10.
OPTICAL QUALITY AND THE QUALITY OF THE RESULTS: There’s noticeable edge softness at f/3.5, but that really cleans up nicely stopped down to f/5.6 or f/8 which is where you’re most likely to use a fish eye lens anyway. The focus can be a bit tricky, but if you implement your camera’s live view function and then zoom in on what you’re wanting to focus on, the Rokinon can come through with some really great and sharp results. We gave the Rokinon a 9/10 for both optical quality and the quality of the results.
VALUE: If you’re in the market for a niche lens like a fish eye, then the Rokinon is nothing short of an amazing value – given the price point relative to the competition out there. Great build, very good optics and a price point that’s 2 to 3 times less it’s nearest competitor. When you sum it all up, the Rokinon is a great deal and an exceptional value, we gave it a 9.5/10
OVERALL: 36.5/40 – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
THE FINAL WORD: If you can get past the somewhat tricky focus and the lack of any electronics – manual focus and aperture settings – then you’re going to love the Rokinon 8mm Fish Eye, and your wallet is going to love you right back! It’s a really nice package at a really great price. Nice work Rokinon, it’s a job well done!This is Darren Miles with Darren Miles Photography here in beautiful, sunny Naples, FL, don’t forget to subscribe…. and until the next time… Happy Shooting!