Olympus M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO Review – Ultra-Wide Goodness

For the budding landscape photographer, they know that the wider the lens that they’re using, the more scenery they can get; and perhaps one of the widest on the market is found on the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO. It is an excellent choice for photographers who are looking for a premium fish-eye lens with a wide aperture and can also capture a wide area for their images. It has a weather-sealed design, and also the ability to focus at a very close distance.

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO Review - Ultra-Wide Goodness

The Olympus M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO is Perfect for Landscape Photography

The Olympus M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO measures in at 3.2 x 2.4-inches and weighs 11.1-ounces. This is bigger than Panasonic’s 8-millimeter fish-eye lens which has dimensions of 2 x 2.4-inches and 5.8-ounces. It has a bulbous front element which precludes the use of filters, but it does not capture a full 180-degree field of vision. Nonetheless, it does offer quite the amazing field of view.

It has a metal barrel which give the lens a luxurious and pro feel. It also has a large, knurled manual focus ring for those times wherein you don’t want to use your camera’s autofocusing system. One downside here is that the lens itself has no optical stabilization feature but that’s not something that you can find often for a lens this wide. Oftentimes, landscape photographers would just use their steady tripods, along with a remote shutter trigger, to take crisp pictures without the worry of blurring due to camera shake.

For its image quality, the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 8mm lens has a wide aperture, which is very uncommon for a fishe-eye lens. Thankfully, even at f/1.8, you are still able to take crisp pictures even when the lens is at wide open. Still, tests show that the center and midparts of the frame do lag a bit at the center as compared to other lenses, but it still does a pretty good job in providing sharp images overall.

 

Its image quality makes it an appealing choice for landscape photography. For those who want to get the lens because of its wide-angle properties but do not want the fish-eye look can still rectify the barrel distortion with a photo-editing software such as Photoshop.

With the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO, it is an appealing choice for photographers who are seriously looking to get that fish-eye look. With its wide aperture, excellent build quality, and close focusing capabilities, it all amounts to one great lens for multiple purposes.

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