Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 Lens review at photodo

"The shallow built-hood serves to protect the front element if the lens is placed face down on a flat surface and the lens construction is generally very good, with high quality plastics being used for much of the lens barrel and the lens mount being constructed from metal.

No claims for weather resistance are made by Panasonic for this lens, and there is no way to attach filters

to the front of the lens due to the extremely wide angle of view, just like with other fisheye optics. A holder for sheet filters is provided in the lens mount, which 22mm square pieces of material can be placed inside.

Autofocus is very fast on the G3 body used for testing and the manual focus ring provides just the right amount of resistance for making fine adjustments easily. The minimum focus distance of 10cm makes the lens suitable for close up images, where the fisheye perspective can be exploited to create other-worldly looking images.

Sharpness in the centre of the frame is outstanding from maximum aperture, with the quality towards the edges starting off very good here. Stopping the lens down a little improves the quality from edge to edge, with peak sharpness across the frame occurring at f/5.6. Beyond this aperture, resolution is reduced due t diffraction, although the lens still performs well down to f/16."

 

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