Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Zuiko Digital Fisheye
(From Olympus lens literature) Shoot by land or by sea with the 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens. Designed 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.
Olympus 8mm f/3.5 Zuiko Digital Fisheye User Reviews
8 out of 10 points and recommended by xeroxparc79 (5 reviews)Built like a tankA lot of purple fringing
This lens is incredibly rugged, solid and heavy. It's far bigger than my previous Zenitar 16/2,8 that covers full frame, maybe due to water & dust seals. Good sharpness, but not stellar, and A LOT of purple fringing (not CA). For fisheye fans only.reviewed February 22nd, 2009
9 out of 10 points and recommended by smak (2 reviews)Incredible build quality, high image-quality, great fun to use.Not cheap, relatively heavy and large, of limited use.
The first thing I noticed with this lens is it's incredible build quality. The barrel is all metal, it is weathersealed, there's a nice metal lenscap, and it simply says "quality item" from every angle. The downside of this is that it is relatively heavy, and large-ish. (especially for a 4/3 lens)reviewed December 24th, 2006
Optically this lens is very good; it focuses very close too, which is useful with a fisheye. The downside is there's some purple fringing in high-contrast areas on the edge of the frame, but this seems hard to avoid with fisheyes. The effect becomes less with the aperture stopped down a bit. Flare-resistance is truly excellent.
The huge 180-degree angle of view is great fun to use, but the fisheye-distortion may make this lens of limited use to some people; but, the images can be "de-fished" automatically using Olympus Studio software, which makes this lens into a normal superwide.
The price is high, but considering the good build-quality and good optical quality not outrageous. The results are unique, and it can be a real "problem solver", or simply a very nice toy...