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Canon 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye

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The 8-15mm f/4 L Fisheye is Canon’s all-in-one fisheye. This lens works with both full frame and crop frame cameras, but there are a couple of limitations: at the wide end, it fills nearly the entire frame on a crop sensor camera, but on a full frame camera it becomes a circular fisheye (a circular image inside the rectangular image with black edges). As you zoom to longer focal lengths, it becomes a standard fisheye filling a full-frame image (see the images below for examples).

Now that we’ve covered that, the Canon 8-15mm f/4 L has a USM focusing motor for fast, silent focus, as well as full-time manual focus override. Optically, it has a floating element (for sharp, close-up photos) and a flourine front element coating that helps keep the front element from getting too dirty.

PLEASE NOTE: This lens cannot use front filters.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

Well, where do I start? A triumph of technology over common sense, perhaps? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good lens. It’s well-built, autofocuses accurately, and is quite sharp. They did a great job building it. I’m not sure why they built it, but they did a great job. So maybe I should call it a great lens in search of a purpose.

Fisheye shots are kind of like tequila shots – a few are fun but too many just make you sick. Which brings up the question: “Who spends $1,500 on a lens you would only use once in a while?” And I have the answer: rental houses. Because everyone wants to try this lens, but I don’t think many people are going to add it to their personal collection. Fun for a weekend or special shoot? Certainly.
April, 2013

The image below should give you an idea of what you get with each type of camera (obviously this lens doesn’t go to 4.5mm).

Filter Size
No front filter
Aperture
f4-22
Length
3.7”
Diameter
3.1”
Weight
1.2 lb
Hood
EW-77 (only usable at 15mm)
Minimum Focusing Distance
0.6 feet
Maximum Magnification
0.39x
Angle of view: (full frame)
180 degrees
Zoom method
Internal
Image Stabilization
None
Focusing System
Internal, Full time active, USM motor
Aperture Blades
7, heptagonal
Groups/Elements
11/14
Low Dispersion Elements
1
Fluorite Elements
0
Aspherical Elements
1
Weather Resistant
Yes
Flare resistance
Not available
System
Canon EF
Compatibility
Crop, Full frame
Autofocus
Yes

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Diagrams

  • Canon 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye Diagram
  • Canon 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye Diagram

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Rental Period Waiver Price Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $8.00 $51.00 $59.00 $19.67
4 days $8.00 $55.00 $63.00 $15.75
7 days $11.00 $73.00 $84.00 $12.00
10 days $15.00 $99.00 $114.00 $11.40
14 days $19.00 $128.00 $147.00 $10.50
21 days $26.00 $172.00 $198.00 $9.43
30 days $32.00 $215.00 $247.00 $8.23
45 days $42.00 $281.00 $323.00 $7.18
60 days $50.00 $329.00 $379.00 $6.32
90 days $64.00 $423.00 $487.00 $5.41
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $51.00 $17.00
4 days $55.00 $13.75
7 days $73.00 $10.43
10 days $99.00 $9.90
14 days $128.00 $9.14
21 days $172.00 $8.19
30 days $215.00 $7.17
45 days $281.00 $6.24
60 days $329.00 $5.48
90 days $423.00 $4.70

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