Although I could be happy mounting this lens on my camera and using it exclusively for an entire week, such merriment would be “self indulgent.” For the majority of people, the fisheye effect (like its namesake), begins to smell funny rather quickly. Consequently, I use it somewhat sparingly — though I still press it into “non standard” service (such as portraits) whenever possible. Also, with a little post-processing, it’ll de-fish nicely into an ultra-wide angle alternative. This is one sharp tube of glass.
Its only fault (and it’s minor) is the “friction fit” lens cap that, more often than not, detaches itself from the hood, leaving the bulbous front element exposed. Though it’s still perfectly unmarred, I live with a certain modicum of fear whenever I take this lens into the field.
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