Saturday was a photo excursion with a fellow Flickr bud Michael S. and my mission was testing some new gear and busting some brackets. I recently was blessed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III full-frame, so I decided to sell a few odds and ends, one sale was my favorite Empress lens, the Tokina 10-17 Fisheye. Sad to see it leave the bag.
So what do you get to replace a great Tokina fisheye…hmmmmm. Maybe the widest Fisheye Zoom lens for a Full Frame DSLR on the planet, I introduce you to my new favorite lens, the Canon 8-15 F4 L Fisheye Zoom….. These first few bracketed HDR’s were at MAPS air museum, always a great place to shoot when it’s cold in Ohio. This new lens made MAPS a whole new world to photograph, meet my new toy the Canon EOS 8-15 F4 L USM Fisheye.
This lens is Crazy Cool if you like shooting wide. I thought my 16-35 2.8 L was gonna be sweet on the new full-frame, it was sweet until this baby arrived. This has to be the most unique lens I have owned, and like I said my new favorite. Most people who know and follow my work know I am a bit different, that’s just me and what makes me me, but this lens is definitely gonna compliment my style.
Knowing I was going to MAPS, I had this next shot in my mind, I shot it a few years ago, but needed to revisit with the new gear. This is the Spirit of Akron Goodyear blimp Gondola, on display at MAPS.
So, lets get a bit closer to the cockpit of the Spirit of Akron…..
Now….Lets see what this beast REALLY can do-
I set up mt 5D on a tripod with the new 8-15 glass, approximately 3 inches away from an antique time clock, here are the setup pics that show how close the lens is to the actual clock…I had to extend the third leg of the tripod to get the camera as close as I wanted due to the legs hitting the base of the clock. I could have gone in closer if it were not for the tripod legs.
Here is the 15mm version from the 5D positioned 3-4 inches from the antique clock glass case pictured above, no crop or editing-
Let’s zoom this out to 8mm now on a full-frame sensor, notice a FULL 180 degree angle of view, you can see tripod legs, my flat screen on the wall, wires on the back of my surround system, and dog hair! This is the same position as the previous shot, just zoomed out to 8mm. Yes, there is some purple fringe at 8mm, but a closer look zooming in on the PC and the lens is as sharp as ever, true signs of the “L”.
There you have it, the first look at a really fun lens through my eyes. If you are looking for a fun, really WIDE lens for a full-frame sensor Canon, look no more, this lens rocks. More to come with this baby!
Thanks for looking!