The Sony a6000 is one of the most popular mirrorless cameras at the time of writing and it is still seeing solid growth in its user base even though there are newer additions to the Sony Alpha range available. The a6000 offers some excellent image quality while having a small and light camera body helping make it popular with photographers, videographers, and vloggers as it is a solid, versatile little camera body. Due to its popularity, we always see people asking questions for various camera accessories for the a6000 to try and improve the image quality that you can get when using the camera.
One of the more frequently asked questions that we have seen being asked more and more over the last couple of months is based around photographers who use the camera reaching out and asking for the best fisheye lens for Sony a6000 cameras. As we know that a decent number of our readers own the a6000, we have decided to make this the focus of today’s article as we want to try and help as many of our readers as possible as we know that fisheye photography is becoming more and more popular.
Although there are a number of suitable lenses for fisheye photography with your a6000, we feel that the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 is going to b the best option for the vast majority of our readers. Before we go any further, we just want to say that both the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 and the Samyang 8mm f/2.8 are the exact same lens just with different branding. In Europe and North America, you will likely see the lens under the Rokinon branding whereas you will likely see it under the Samyang branding in Asia but there is a little cross over between the two.
That said, the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 has continually gone from strength to strength with each passing month since its release onto the market. It is now one of, if not the most popular fisheye lens on the market that will natively mount to the Sony Alpha range and it has managed to rightfully earn itself an outstanding reputation amongst the community due to it providing an excellent image quality with the fisheye aspect.
This is why the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 is our primary fisheye lens recommendation for anyone using the Sony a6000 as we feel that it will be a great addition to your collection of camera accessories. We will not be taking a more in-depth look at the lens and what it is able to provide for your a6000 as we know a large number of our readers will likely want to know as much about the lens as possible prior to potentially purchasing it.
Performance And Functionality
Although the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 does have a number of solid advantages over the compeating fisheye lenses that are natively comparable with your Sony a6000, we feel that its main one is the excellent performance and functionality of the lens that directly results in some of the best image quality that you are going to get by a long shot, especially at this price point in the market. The lens delivered a great, sharp, clear, crisp image quality in the fisheye aspect allowing you to easily capture locations that are regularly photographed or recorded in the fisheye look to help make your content stand out.
If you are more on the vlogging or social media influenced side of things then this can offer an advantage over the compeating channels in your space who are just capturing their content via a regular lens. Additionally, we have seen more and more fisheye photography being used in media to try and convey a more urban look to their content too so a fisheye lens can help the more traditional side of photography too while also making a solid little hobby niche for yourself to work in.
In our opinion, the 8mm ultra-wide-angle focal length of the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 is perfect for the niche and wide fisheye look and the aspherical lens delivers a full 180° field of view too ensuring that you can get those epic looking photographs with ease. We know that there are some fisheye lenses out there with a slightly wider field of view but in our opinion, anything lower than the 7.5mm is wasted and can potentially end up spoiling your image due to the lens being able to pick up the rim at times too. This is one of the reasons we feel that Rokinin absolutely nailed it by going with the very popular 8mm focal length on their lens as it is just about as wide as you can do without any contamination of your field of view.
The f/2.8 aperture on the lens is perfect for the lens too and offers some great low light performance without having and issues during use too. This is another strong selling point for the lens as some of the compeating fisheye lenses out their can have a bunch of issues with low light use even if they do have a similar aperture. Depending on the niche that you are working in, this can definitely be a godsend and help you capture the best possible image quality no matter the conditions. We have seen some talented street photographers use this to their advantage when using the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 to get some great urban fisheye photographs with the lens.
When it comes to bokeh manipulation, the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 does offer some solid control allowing you to blur the background and outer edges of your image to naturally draw the eye to your subject. Although it will come down to the niche that you are working in as well as personal preference, we feel that this is a solid little feature as we prefer to try and control our bokeh from the get-go rather than try to add the effect in post-production. We know that this will not matter to some of our readers but we just wanted to point out that the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 offers some solid control right out of the box scoring it more points over some compeating lenses at this price point that have poor bokeh manipulation.
Another thing that we have seen more and more people using the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 for is as a run and gun lens. Although this type of work was pretty rare until around a year or two back, more and more people are starting to do their run and gun photography or videography sessions with a fisheye lens rather than a traditional aspect lens. We feel that this is due to the point we raised earlier in the article about the more unique looking content being able to stand out from the competition when captured in the fisheye aspect.
The lens has a minimum focusing distance of around one foot and although this sounds quite long, this is around average for a fisheye lens due to the aspherical lens and the ultra-wide focal length of the lens. That said though, you will be hard-pressed, especially at this price range to find anything that offers a closer minimum focusing distance and the one-foot mark should easily be able to let you get all of the content you requirements without having any problems.
Depending on the niche you are working in and what you are actually planning on doing with your Sony a6000 and your fisheye lens, the lack of an autofocus on the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 may cause some issues but we feel that this will be very rare. Due to the ultra-wide focal length and the snappy aperture on the lens, it is extremely easy to manually focus with ease allowing you to quickly and easily get the subject of your photograph in focus.
Considering that the lens is usually found around the two hundred dollar point depending on the retailer, it is not surprising that the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 has managed to grow such a large user base in such a short time. The lens has easily managed to establish itself as the dominant fisheye lens for the Sony a6000 and other Sony Alpha range cameras with ease and shows no signs of being knocked off the top spot anytime soon.
As you would expect from such a popular lens, many of the photographers and videographers who use the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 as their fisheye lens of choice have published their own independent reviews of the lens. In our opinion, they are well worth reading as they offer some solid insight into just how well the lens performance as well as the image quality that you can expect during use too. In addition to this, some of those reviews have been published by other a6000 users too offering some direct third-party experience on exactly what you can expect.
User Interface And Control System
Rokinon is known for making extremely easy to use lenses as they priorities the easy of use of their lenses from the very start of the design process to ensure that their products are suitable for both photographers and videographers of all levels of experience. This ensures that if you are new to using a manual focus only lens or a fisheye lens then you will be able to quickly get to grips with it and get the most out of the lens with ease.
Being a prime lens, there is no need to worry about having to control the zoom ranges of the lens as the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 offers no zoom capability anyway. As we touched on earlier, the wide field of view and snappy aperture makes the lens very easy to manually focus, even if you are using it as more of a run and gun style lens too. This gives us confidence that even if you have never used a manual focus only lens before, you will easily be able to get your subject focused quickly and be able to capture some great fisheye aspect photographs or video.
The actual manual focus ring on the lens is great and Rokinon has done a solid job of making sure that it is very easy and smooth to turn when adjusting your focus but that it also has a nice level of resistance too. Although some people do prefer the resistance-free manual focus rings, we always prefer them to have a small amount of resistance to slightly counter your movements as we feel that it allows for more accurate tweaking when adjusting your focus and it would seem the majority of other photographers agree with us too.
Build Quality And Design
Over the years, Rokinon has managed to build up, and maintain their reputation of their lenses having one of the best build qualities possible for their price point in the market and the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 is no different. You can tell that the lens has been put together to the same high standards Rokonin has kept their whole range to and that the lens is as tough and robust as possible too. This offers you peace of mind that the lens is going to last you for many years to come and easily be able to take any punishment coming its way over the years either during use or while in transit.
When it comes to the actual construction of the lens, it is based around eleven elements in eight groups with two aspherical lenses and three ED elements. All of this comes together perfectly to deliver a clear, high contrast image quality that offers you color-accurate images free from any chromatic aberration too. The whole lens works seemlesley together resulting in pleasurable user experience too.
One thing that we would like to point out is that due to the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 having an aspherical forward lens element, a traditional UV filter will not mount to the lens. Although this is far from essential, we know that some of our readers do like to use lens filters with their lens, especially a UV filter to help add some additional protection to their forward lens element. Although there are some unique lens filters specifically designed for fisheye aspherical lenses, we feel they are a waste of time and money.
That brings our article going over our opinion on the best fisheye lens for Sony a6000 and we really do feel that the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 is going to be the best option for the vast majority of our readers who own the a6000. It is an absolutely outstanding lens in our opinion and blows the compeating fisheye lenses on the market at the time of writing out the water and we doubt that this is going to change anytime soon.
Although we did touch on this above earlier in the article, a large number of people who use the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 as their lens of choice have published their own third-party reviews of the lens going over their thoughts and experiences with it. In our opinion, those reviews are definitely worth skimming over as they offer some excellent insight into the performance of the lens as well as the level of performance that other people are getting from it.