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eteless

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may as well get the 7.5mm which you can open up a bit, it's not really that much more expensive...
 

ahinesdesign

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I seem to recall seeing the lens announced some time ago from a Chinese (?) manufacturer, not Rokinon/Samyang, but can't find anything about it now.

The 9mm seems to be available from several different online retailers, and B&H seems to include the most info on it. Only has 4 lens elements?!

At $199 why wouldn't you just buy the 7.5mm fisheye for $50 more, or buy the 9mm body cap lens for $100 less???

If it were priced at $99 or so, it might be of some interest....
 

wjiang

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Toda Seiko. It looks looks suspiciously like an updated one of these:

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/dorr-12mm-f-7-4-fisheye-wide-angle-lens-review-24147

  • APS-C: 12mm, f/7.4, 167 degrees
  • m4/3: 9.3mm, f/8.0, 168 degrees
  • Nikon 1: 7.5mm, f/8.0, 162 degrees
Same 4 element design, same fixed aperture, same hood, same almost flat front element, same focussing ring area design, same lettering, same dimensions, same mass. Except they appear to have updated it with a better grip on the barrel.

Here's one of the updated design for Nikon 1:
http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/08/28/rokinon-offers-affordable-manual-focus-fisheye-lens-for-nikon-1-mount

Judging from that first review, the IQ is nowhere near the 7.5mm from Samyang. In some respects even the BCL fisheye looks better!
 
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