Sigma 15mm f/2.8 ‘Fisheye’ lens review with samples (Full-frame and APS-C)

Here’s a fun old Sigma lens that gives a fisheye projection on full-frame cameras. It’s getting on a bit these days, though – is it still good enough to be relevant today?

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All pictures and footage shot by me on Canon 6D and 70D cameras. This video’s been sitting on my hard drive for a while, so it was made back when I still had a 70D.

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Stepan sopin says:

This lens is making a lot of back-focus issues in the dark even with 2 led st-e2 assist focus beams 🙁 Maybe it’s just my case but it’s very sad because i’m a nightclub photographer

Rudy Effendy says:

Which one the good brand? Sigma or samyang?

Terence Chan says:

Still prefer the Samyang 12mm over the greater field of view and more ED elements despite loss of AF. It still works with AF confirmation on Nikon but sadly not on Canon

Jurica Drezga says:

wheres sigma 10mm f2.8 review?

w dio says:

Sigma 15 or samyang 15?

ted tedsen says:

the 15mm sigma fisheye on sd1 merril is not 3rd party lens it is orginal a friend of mine has the sd1 merril sigma bodey and 15mm fisheye and some Art lenses the sd1 is a good camera and the lenses are orginal

xRABIDxWOLFx Gaming says:

No macro test for this lens?

acedenach says:

Great review!  I would love to see you review the Sigma 24-105 f4.  I really want to know how it stacks up against the legendary Canon variety!

auxmike says:

Can you do a crop sensor fisheye lens review?

robbyboyo says:

Nice test.

Keepsaix Qri says:

Eventhough I use a Nikon cameras. I enjoy you reviews:) Thanks for the effort. I appreciate it. Have a nice one:)

Jibran Ali says:

I was seeking a review of this lens couple of days before but i didn’t find any good tutorial.
Really happy to watch this.
Thumbs up.

Joe's Photo & Video Channel says:

Another great review.. Thumbs Up!

Dirk Engelke says:

Can you please do a review of the tokina 10-17 thanks. Love the reviews



gsboss says:

video on that lens is pretty much beer goggles

Samuel Granger says:

I have the opportunity to get a Samyang and a Sigma for the same price. I like how subtle the Samyang is, but the Sigma does have autofocus which helps when shoot from the ground or from the hip. What would you suggest?

Alex Wong says:

Can you test the Sigma 70-200 2.8 EX DG OS HSM?

Joshua Breyfogle says:

Why no review for the 70-200 2.8? it is the most popular configuration among professionals.

barbaquadro says:

Nice lens and nice review method, like your other videos.
I have just bought a Tamron SP 17-35 f2.8-4.0 Di Af IF, designed for full frame cameras. It’s a very good lens, have you ever heard it?
If I were from your country, I would have sent you this lens to review it. Have you ever considered to do a review of this lens? 🙂

leslie dean brown says:

Excellent review. I won’t be buying it. Focus speed too slow. I expected it to be faster than that…

cymagen says:

THANK YOU FOR THIS REVIEW! The best one i have found on this lens.

George Silver Hawk says:

Until recently, I shied a way from 3rd party lenses, but I must concede, that the latests Sigma lenses, especially their wickedly amazing Art Lenses and their latest macro lenses are equal to or surpass the very best from Nikon & Canon.  This is an older Sigma, but still a very good lens.  However, I still recommend the Samyang Fisheyes… no auto focus, but it’s simple not needed for this type of lens, and it’s optical quality is as good an the other lenses in their class… and the pro-built quality is better then most… while saving you a nice bit of money.  Best wishes Chris…

Nick Tashnim says:

Manual focus?

MrRapala91 says:

Always love watching your reviews Chris 🙂 In a week or so, I’ll be purchasing the Canon EF 15mm F/2.8 Fisheye. One catch is that the autofocus has stopped working so it will practically work as a Samyang lens; fully manual (^_^) I’ll get it for 150£ which I think is a perfect deal. I’ve already tested the lens and it doesn’t suffer from any optical defects.

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