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Updated on December 17, 2016

My lens buying guide to make a virtual tour

Now that you know the choice criteria for your ideal lens, here is a list of interesting lenses and a list of my favorite ones. This list was built along my 10 years-experience as a coach which enabled me to hold in my hands almost all lenses on the market...

Lens Samyang 8mm fish-eyeAs soon as we're talking about choosing a lens, the first thing we think about is its optical quality. It is of course very important but it is also clear that other criterias should be taken into account.
Some of them, like quality of beauty of the beams are completely subjective, but others like quality and easiness of stitching are way more objective. But all lenses are not equal on that criteria. 10.5 mm Nikkor and 8-15 mm Canon fisheye lenses are the best on that last criteria. And despite preconceived idea, 14 mm Canon and Nikkor are a lot more complicated to stitch correctly...
The cheap Samyang 8 mm here on the right for an APS-C sensor can become an excellent offer. Here is typically a lens that is not very attractive at first sight, except for its unbeatable price but it stitches very well and its optical quality gets better when working in RAW...

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Selection of fisheye or wide-angle lenses...

Recapitulative table of fisheye lenses

 
Lenses
Distortions/Easiness of stitching Price
 
Nikkor 10.5 mm FE
******
$750
 
Nikkor 16 mm FE
*****
$750
 
Canon 15 mm FE
*****
SE
 
Canon 8-15 mm FE
******
$1,250
 
Sigma 4.5 mm FE
****
$900
   
Sigma 8 mm FE
****
$900
   
Sigma 15 mm FE
****
$600
   
Samyang 8 mm FE
*****
$300
         

 

 

 

 

 

Recapitulative table of short focal lenses

 
Lenses
Distortions/Easiness of stitching Price ($)
 
Nikkor 10-24 mm DX
***
$1,000
 
Nikkor 14-24 mm
***
$2,000
 
Nikkor 14 mm
**
$1,400
 
Canon 14 mm II
**
$2,200
 
Sigma 10-20 mm DG
***
$650
   
Sigma 12-24 mm DG
***
$875
   
Tamron 10-24 mm Di II
***
$500
   
Samyang 14 mm
**
$400
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And my favorite lenses are...

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Nikkor 10,5 mm DX fisheye

Nikkor 10.5 mm 2.8 DX Fisheye

The best stitching lens with Canon 8-15mm, for Nikon APS body (D7100, D7200, D5300) :

  • Very good image quality but when's the next generation going to be released?
  • Few chromaticism that can be fixed easily;
  • Very good homogeneity;
  • Beams a bit too numerous but pretty and thin.

A safe bet, maybe even a reference!

4 étoiles
$774.95
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Technical specifications

  Manufacturer Focusing distance Format Weight Kg Price $
Nikkor 10.5 mm FE DX
-0.14cm
APS
0.300
$750

Buy the Nikkor 10.5 mm DX Fisheye

   
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Canon 8-15 mm Fisheye

Canon 8-15 mm 4.0 Fisheye

Maybe the lens that stitches better in 24x36 (for Canon):

  • Easy stitching;
  • Excellent image quality in fisheye from F5.6;
  • Few chromaticism (easy to fix);
  • Very good homogeneity;
  • Beautiful, thin beams with light sources.

New safe bet! (replaces the very good 15 mm Fisheye discontinue). The best !

5 étoiles
$1,249.00
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Technical specifications

  Manufacturer Focusing distance Format Weight Kg Price
Canon 8-15 mm 4.0 FE
- 0.15 cm
24x36
0.540
$1,250

Buy the Canon 8-15 mm fisheye

   
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Price
   
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$1,249.00
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£914.00 Buy from Amazon.co.uk
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Samyang 8 mm Fisheye

Samyang (Rokinon) 8 mm 3.5 Fisheye

Best value for money for a digital camera in APS format:

  • Good image quality, even with 18 Megapixels;
  • Few chromaticism that can be fixed easily;
  • Good homogeneity, not incredible but sufficient;
  • Rather nice beams on light sources;
  • Numerous clips: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Olympus.

The sharpness isn't extraordinary by default but it improves a lot by over-accentuating the image from a well-developed hence well-exposed RAW file (on the right). It can now be found in AE version, keeping the exposure automation.

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$220.00
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Technical specifications

  Manufacturer Focusing distance Format Weight Kg Price $
Samyang 8 mm 3.5 FE
-  0.30 cm
APS
0.435
$290

Buy the Samyang 8 mm Fisheye (Canon version)

   
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Price
   
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$219.95
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£229.90 Buy from Amazon.co.uk
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Buy the Samyang 8 mm AE * Fisheye (Nikon version)

   
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Price
   
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$279.00
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