Review

I had a blast reviewing the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye Lens on the Sony Nex-F3, and In this Sony E-Mount Lens Review I will go over Lens Sharpness, Distortion, Contrast, Design, and Build Quality.


The New Full Manual Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens is equivalent to 12mm with the Nex crop factor, and much smaller than the original E-Mount version I tested on the Sony Nex-7. You may remember it vaguely from a while back, because I got a pretty cool shot of a Covered Bridge!! Nex-7 and Original Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 Lens >> , Crop Factor Tutorial Over Here>>

In any event the New Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye Lens is much smaller which is a much better match for the Sony Nex Cameras. The fast f/2.8 lens is really beefy and very well made. The engineers clearly took there time in developing this lens in my opinion, because the level of build quality is great. The first thing I thought when I took it out of the box was “this is heavy for such a small lens”. Here’s the Open Box Video if you want to check out my reaction first hand: Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye Lens Open Box Video >>

 

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye Lens Review – Sony E-Mount Version

Check out these High Res Product Shots of the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye Lens.

Be Sure to Click on the Photos for a 120opx Gallery style version!!

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Incuded Lens Pouch

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Incuded Lens Pouch

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Incuded Lens Pouch

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Incuded Lens Pouch

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Sony Nex-F3

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Sony Nex-F3

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Sony Nex-F3

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Sony Nex-F3

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Sony Nex-F3

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Sony Nex-F3

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Sony Nex-F3

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens w/ Sony Nex-F3

 

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye Lens – Build Quality

The Build Quality of the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye Lens is excellent! The Engineers clearly had very small tolerances for error in this project, because it’s rock solid and the Focus Ring is heavily dampened for super smooth and  focus. This lens is full manually which really helps keep the costs down, but allows for huge upgrades to Optics and Build quality. Multi-coated lenses also minimize aberration and retain sharpness better. I said it was heavy for my first impression, but it’s actually only 7.65 oz (217 g). For the size it’s a bit hefty for sure!!

The 8mm Rokinon also has a built-in petal-type lens hood which helps prevent unwanted glare, but also prevents accidentally bumping of the lens itself on anything!! Believe me, you will bump the lens hood petals on something, because the minimum focus distance on this lens is only 1′. In other words you can get really cool shots from under flowers looking up, and things like that. The ultra wide 8mm focal length helps with this in particular.

The Aperture Ring has a nice subtle but effective notch that it stops at for each aperture. No good for video if you want to change the aperture while filming, but great for photography in my opinion!

The Finish is also really nice and happens to match the Silver Nex-F3 really well. The red ring also classes up the look of the lens a bit I think.

 

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye Lens – Sample Photos

Here is an example of what the 8mm Fisheye effect actual does to a flat brick wall. Pretty amazing when you think about it!

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens @ f/8, 1/200sec, ISO 200

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens @ f/8, 1/200sec, ISO 200

Here’s a 100% Crop from the top right of the above brick wall photo.

100% Crop - Top Right - Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens

100% Crop – Top Right – Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UCM Fisheye Lens

 

Sample Photos

Be Sure to Click on the Photos for a 120opx Gallery Style Version!!

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens - Sample Photo

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens – Sample Photo

Note the Sony RX100 in my Nephews hands ;)

100% Crop - Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens - Sample Photo

100% Crop – Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens – Sample Photo

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens - Sample Photo

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens – Sample Photo

100% Crop - Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens - Sample Photo

100% Crop – Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens – Sample Photo

Here’s one of my Dad nerding it up on the PC ;) Note the extremely bright window, which normally hurts contrast and can cause flaring. The Rokinon lens handles it fairly well in my opinion.

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens - Sample Photo

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens – Sample Photo

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens - Sample Photo

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens – Sample Photo

 

I get carried away with columns sometimes, but they make for great fisheye subject matter!

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens - Sample Photo

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens Using Nex-F3- Sample Photo

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens - Sample Photo

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens – Sample Photo

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens - Sample Photo

Sony Nex-F3 w/ Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens – Sample Photo

 

Next we have an all terrain tracked vehicle with a bucket for doing high tension power line work, and stuff like that, in remote locations.

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens - Sample Photos, Jpeg Fine

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye lens – Sample Photos, Jpeg Fine

 

Here’s a bunch more sample photos if you want to take a look through ;)

 

Conclusion

I must admit, the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye Lens was a lot of fun to use, and compared to the Sony 16mm VCL-ECF1 Conversion Lens, it’s a significant step up in image quality. It makes sense as it sells for approximately $350 US at the time of this review. For a full manual lens that might seem a bit pricey, but for what you get it’s a fair value in my opinion.

After looking at the 100% Crops closely, you’s see the sharpness holds up quite well in the corners and the Chromatic Aberrations are well controlled. Much better than the Sony version! It’s not razor blade tack sharp, but it’s a very sharp lens overall. The Vignetting is noticeable at f/2.8 and starts to fade by f/4 although still visible.

Overall, if you like manual lenses I would highly recommend this lens for a Higher Quality replacement or alternative to the Sony VCL-ECF1 Conversion Lens. Although for the Money that lens is not bad at all either. It’s only $109 US these days. The nicely notched aperture stops and super smooth focus ring make this lens not only a pleasure to use, but it really feels like quality in your hands.

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Jay

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