Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Lens

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With The 8mm f3.5 Fisheye Lens

Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Digital LensDesigned for digital photography, this full frame 8mm fisheye lets you view and compose dramatic ultra wide-angle "fisheye" images of 180 degrees for dramatic photos with edge-to-edge sharpness.

These results are further enhanced due to ED lens elements that minimize chromatic aberrations, a circular aperture diaphragm for natural-looking background blur, and multi-coating to reduce flaring and ghosting. The dust- and splash-resistant design lets you shoot no matter the weather.

The fascinating effects produced by barrel distortion and an extensive depth of focus, as well as the ability to capture superb wide-angle macro shots as close as 5.3 inches, can also be harnessed underwater.

The 8mm fisheye can be combined with the EVOLT E-300 and the PT-EO1 and PPO-E04 underwater housing and port for impressive capabilities below sea level. The close focus and 153 degree angle of view will let you capture sea life up close as deep as 196 feet.

A fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that takes in an extremely wide, hemispherical image. Originally developed for use in meteorology to study cloud formation and called "whole-sky lenses", fisheye lenses quickly became popular in general photography for their unique, distorted appearance. They are often used by photographers shooting broad landscapes to suggest the curve of the Earth. Hemispherical photography is used for various scientific purposes to study plant canopy geometry and to calculate near-ground solar radiation.

The first types of fisheye lenses to be developed were "circular fisheyes" lenses which take in a 180 hemisphere and project this as a circle within the film frame. Some circular fisheyes are available in orthographic projection models for scientific applications. These have a 180 vertical angle of view, and the horizontal and diagonal angle of view are also 180. Most circular fisheye lenses cover a smaller image circle than rectilinear lenses, so the corners of the frame will be completely dark. 

Features

This high-performance Fisheye Lens has a 180 field of view, and a focal length equivalent to 16mm on a 35mm camera. With great depth of field, exaggerated perspective and extreme deformation, the marvelous image of this fisheye lens broadens your shooting palette. The incorporated ED lens elements greatly reduce chromatic aberrations to provide the highest image quality with high resolution and contrast.

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Specifications
Overview
Lens stylePrime lens  
Max Format Size FourThirds  
Lens focal length8 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Four Thirds  
Angle of view 180  
Aperture
Largest aperture opening F3.5  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 7  
Optics
Total Elements 10  
Number of Groups 6  
Coatings / special elements 1 ED glass lens element  
Focusing
Minimum focus distance 0.14 m (5.31")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.22 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Micromotor  
Full time manual focus No  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale No  
Physical
Overall weight485 g (1.07 lb) 16.1 oz.  
Lens diameter 79 mm (3.11")  
Overall length 77 mm (3.03")  
Sealing Yes  
Lens color Black  
Filter annotations no filter  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code built-in hood  
Tripod collar included No

Lens Includes
Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Digital Lens for Olympus Digital Cameras (Four Thirds System)
Front & Rear Lens Caps
LSC-0814 Lens Cap
1-Year U.S.A. Limited Warranty
Accessories

Reviews
A must to push your creative boundaries

By Ivan Gomez from Redmond, Wa on 9/7/2008

Describe Yourself:Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Pros:Consistent Output, Durable, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction

Best Uses:Special Effects

Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Digital Lens:

this lense as a prime is excellent in terms of color and sharpness. I am very happy as it compliements my kit to push creativity. The quality of the lense construction is great, very sturdy and the lense cap is made out of metal, giving me a lot of confidence to take out on the field. I[...]

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Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Digital Lens

Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye ED Zuiko Digital Lens

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