The Canon m50 is one of the most popular mirrorless camera bodies on the market right now and although its market share is not as large as some of the cameras from the Sony Alpha range just yet, its exponential growth is on track to match the more popular Sony Alpha cameras soon. With the Canon m50 having a massive user base split between the photography, videography, and vlogging communities we always see questions from all three communities about the m50 for various camera accessories.
For today’s article, we are going to be taking a look at what we feel is the best fisheye lens for Canon m50 cameras on the market right now as we have noticed a fair few people reaching out about fisheye lenses for the camera recently. With a massive number of travel vloggers and travel social media influences using the m50 as their camera body of choice, a fisheye lens can be a great way to capture locations that are commonly photographed with the more unique fisheye look.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing at least, there is no native fisheye lens available for the EF-M mount that the Canon m50 uses. In our opinion, the best option by a long way is the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0 but as it uses a regular EF lens mount, you will also need to purchase an EF to EF-M adapter. Although this does increase the cost of the lens by a small amount, in our opinion, it is well worth it.
Additionally, our recommended adapter has an excellent build quality and forms a solid, seamless connection between your Canon m50 and the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0 offering an image quality as if it was a regular native lens for your m50. This ensures that you can get some excellent fisheye photographs and video footage in the fisheye aspect right from your m50.
Since its release onto the market, the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0 has managed to become one of the more popular fisheye lenses for the Canon camera range. The lens has managed to go from strength to strength and see almost exponential growth when initially released while still seeing solid growth today. The lens has one of the best reputations amongst the community when it comes to fisheye lenses and we will now be taking a more in-depth look at what the lens has to offer to go into why it is our primary recommendation.
Performance And Functionality
The aspherical lens element on the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0 has been specifically designed from the very start to offer the user the absolute best fisheye aspect image quality available without the need to break the bank. The 8mm focal length of the lens is perfect to work in conjunction with the aspherical element to offer a wide-angle view of the subject or landscape even with the APS-C sensor on the Canon m50.
The f/3.0 aperture on the lens is snappy too and offers some excellent image quality when using the lens in low light conditions too. This allows you to use the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0 in pretty much any situation that you may encounter and get the sharp, crisp, and clear photograph quality in that fisheye perspective. This helps to score the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0 some points over the compeating lenses on the market in this price point at the time of writing as some can have very poor low light performance that can really spoil the potential of the lens and restrict what you are able to do with it.
The lens is a fully manual lens that has no autofocus capability but with its fast aperture and wide field of view, the lens is extremely easy to manually focus even as a run and gun lens. This allows you to mount it to your Canon m50, walk down a street and capture the sites in the fisheye aspect while quickly and easily manually focusing in on the subject of your photograph without having to waste any time at all.
Additionally, the manual focus ring on the lens offers you some solid bokeh manipulation too that you can put to good effect to help blur backgrounds and draw the viewer’s eye to the subject of your photograph. This offers another advantage for the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0 over the compeating fisheye lenses in this price range as very few of them offer the level of bokeh manipulation as the Altura Photo lens.
Being able to easily tweak your field of view and levels of bokeh to meet your needs also helps to add to the unique look of how you are able to capture some locations that you may see if you are traveling around. This can help your content stand out on social media over the compeating influencers out there and potentially help your accounts grow by converting viewers into followers.
Altura Photo has done a solid job with the layering technology on their lens elements too ensuring that the lens has minimal flare and ghosting during use too. This lets you use the lens outside in direct sunlight or to capture a frame with reflective surfaces in it without issue scoring the lens even more points over what the competition is offering. The petal lens hood that comes included with the lens as standard is solid too and can also help to block out sunlight as required if you are outdoors using your lens.
When you look at what the other fisheye lenses on the market right now at similar price points offer you, there is no surprise that the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0 is so popular due to it offering you the most bang for your buck with ease. This has resulted in a large number of photographers who use the lens publishing with own dedicated review offering their own opinions on it as well as sharing their experiences with it too.
If you do have some time free then reading over a few of those reviews is well worth the time in our opinion. They have been left by a large number of photographers who have used the lens in a large number of situations and offer some great insight into the image quality and fisheye performance that it can offer you.
User Interface And Control System
Altura Photo has made their 8mm f/3.0 as user friendly as possible and although they have put a high priority on making the lens perform as best it can for its price point in the market, they have also done a great job of prioritizing the ease of use for the lens too. This means that anyone will be able to add it to their collection of camera accessories for their Canon m50 can easily learn how to get great quality fisheye photographs with ease.
There is no need to have to waste time reading the user manual that comes included with the lens as everything is easy to work out. We are confident that the majority, if not all of our readers will be able to just look at the lens after taking it out the box and be able to operate it efficiently. You can simply mount it to your m50 and you are essentially good to go with you just having to tweak the focus now and then as required.
The manual focus ring on the lens is great too and is not only very easy to rotate but it also has a nice level of resistance. This means that you can quickly and easily tweak the focus levels of your lens when using it but the slight levels of resistance on the manual focus ring offer a nice level of push back to allow you to accurately adjust focus without over-rotating accidentally too.
Build Quality And Design
The lens sticks to the standard aspherical fisheye lens design with no major changes or tweaks in any way. That said though, in this day and age this is common due to the standard fisheye lens design having been refined over the years to the highly effective design that delivers the great image quality the modern lenses offer.
When it comes to the actual build quality of the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0, Altura Photo has done a great job of offering an excellent level of build standards without having to increase the price point of the lens. It is based around six diaphragm blades, eleven elements, and eight groups all working together to ensure that the aspherical element works seemlesley and offers the best possible image quality possible.
The mount on the lens is made from cast metal too so it will hold its shape for many years to come and not end up causing you any issues in the future. Although rare on these more modern lenses, some of the older entry-level lenses on the market use heat treat metal lens mounts that are a pain and can end up slightly changing shape over the years. This can result in the lens getting jammed to your camera body or potentially damaging it but thankfully, this is not a risk with the metal mount on the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0.
Unlike other lenses, the aspherical element on the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0 prevents you from mounting an aftermarket lens filter. This tends not to be an issue for fisheye photography anyway though although it is often nice to be able to mount a UV lens filter to add some additional protection for the front lens element on the lens. This is not necessarily a negative for the lens as this is very common for fisheye lenses anyway.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best fisheye lens for Canon m50 cameras to an end. As we said back at the start of the article, at the time of writing, there is no native EF-M fisheye lens available and we doubt that one will be released anytime soon. This is why you have to also purchase the EF-S to EF-M adapter if you do choose to go with the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0. We feel that this combination is definitely the best option for your Canon m50 as it offers the best blend between image quality, performance, and price point.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, there are a whole bunch of reviews online for the lens that has been published by independent photographers using the Altura Photo 8mm f/3.0 as their fisheye lens of choice. If you have not made your mind up yet then they are well worth reading as they offer a great insight into just how well the lens actually performs from other photographers who have added it to their camera accessories.