While wide angle lenses are a staple of landscape photography, the wide angle fisheye lens can offer the same expansive views and perspectives, but with a unique twist. The distortion created by a fisheye lens can present a fun change of pace that you might enjoy. A fisheye is probably not a lens that you will use as often as some of your other lenses, but in the right situation it can be very useful.

On this page we’ll take a look at some of the best fisheye lenses that are available for Canon users. Fortunately, fisheye lenses are quite affordable and you can get a decent lens without breaking the bank. Also, they are very small and lightweight, so they won’t add too much bulk to your camera bag or backpack.

Before we take a look at the specific lenses on this list it is important to understand the differences between fisheye lenses. You’ll see some described as “circular” and others described as “diagonal”. It is very important to understand the difference and know what you want, because the images will look completely different. A circular fisheye lens will produce a circular image in the center with black edges around it, like the image shown below.

Circular Fisheye

Photo by Nigel Howe / CC BY 2.0

A diagonal fisheye, on the other hand, will cover the entire frame of the image. With the diagonal fisheye you don’t get that circular effect, but you do get significant distortion, especially at the edges.

Diagonal Fisheye

Photo by Marc Andre

The type of effect that you want will have a big impact on the lens that you choose (our top-rated lens is capable of both circular and diagonal effects on full frame sensors).

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The Best Fisheye Lenses for Canon

7. Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens

This fisheye lens from Lensbaby uses a wide 5.8mm focal length and creates a circular image. The lens is most ideal for APS-C sensors. The lens will create circular image with either APS-C or full frame sensors, but with full frame sensors the image will be smaller in the center of the frame. This is a manual focus only lens. It is priced very low and a good entry-level option, especially if you are using a camera with an APS-C sensor.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 5.8mm
  • aperture range: f/3.5 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: no
  • weight: 10.5 oz.
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Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens

6. Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens

The Rokinon 8mm fisheye will create a circular image on full frame cameras, but gives a 167 degree diagonal field of view on APS-C sensors. The lens hood can be removed (if you’re using a full frame camera the lens hood can interfere). Like the Lensbaby 5.8mm this is a manual focus only lens, and the aperture ranges from f/3.5 to f/22. This is an extremely affordable lens that is capable of quality images. It is a good buy for the money.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 8mm
  • aperture range: f/3.5 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: no
  • weight: 15 oz.
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Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens

5. Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Lens

The Rokinon 12mm fisheye lens produces a 180 degree rectangular angle of view on full frame sensors, and can also be used with APS-C sensors. Like the others mentioned so far, this lens is manual focus only. Although this one steps up a bit in price compared to the 8mm Rokinon fisheye lens, it is still a very affordable lens and a great value.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 12mm
  • aperture range: f/2.8 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: no
  • weight: 18 oz.
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Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Lens

4. Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 AF DX Fisheye Lens

The Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens is only for APS-C sensors. It provides a 180 degree diagonal field of view. It is the first lens on our list that has zoom capabilities, and also the first with autofocus. This lens is priced a good bit higher than the lenses we have ranked #5 – #7, but it is still priced pretty well. The autofocus and zoom make it an attractive option if you are using an APS-C camera.

  • For APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 10-17mm
  • aperture range: f/3.5 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: yes
  • weight: 12.3 oz.
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Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 AF DX Fisheye Lens

3. Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens

The Sigma 8mm fisheye lens was designed to create a circular image with a 180 degree angle of view for full frame sensors. With an APS-C sensor the edges will be cut off, so it does not have the circular effect. This lens does have autofocus and is a quality lens that is capable of excellent images. It is one of the more expensive lenses on this list, but a good option if it fits within your budget.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 8mm
  • aperture range: f/3.5 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: yes
  • weight: 14 oz.
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Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens

2. Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens

Unlike the Sigma 8mm fisheye lens, this Sigma 15mm fisheye is designed to create a diagonal distorted effect on full frame cameras, rather than a circular effect. It offers a 180 degree angle of view. It also offers autofocus and is reasonably priced. If you’re looking for a diagonal fisheye with autofocus, this lens offers a very good combination of quality and value.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 15mm
  • aperture range: f/2.8– f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: yes
  • weight: 13 oz.
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Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens

1. Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens

That brings us to our top rated fisheye lens, the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L. This is an excellent quality lens, as you would expect from an L series lens, and it is also the most expensive lens on our list. It is one of only two lenses on our list that offers zoom, and the only one that does so for full frame sensors. This lens produces a diagonal fisheye image for APS-C sensors. With full frame sensors you’ll get a diagonal fisheye effect at 15mm, and a circular fisheye effect at 8mm. With a 180 degree angle of view this lens is as good as it gets for fisheye effects.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range:8-15mm
  • aperture range: f/4– f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: yes
  • weight: 1.2 pounds
Reviews of the Best Fisheye Lenses for Canon DSLRs

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens

How to Choose the Right Fisheye Lens for You?

There are a few factors that you will want to consider when choosing a fisheye lens. First, budget is always something you will need to think about. The lenses featured on this page start at just a few hundred dollars, so it is possible to get a good fisheye lens without spending a lot. But some of our higher-ranked lenses do step up in price a good bit. For landscape photographers we recommend that you prioritize a wide angle lens, standard zoom lens, and telephoto zoom lens over a fisheye lens. A fisheye is a fun lens to have, but most landscape and nature photographers will not use it as often as the wide angle, standard zoom, or telephoto. For that reason, make sure that you allocate your budget accordingly.

Next, it’s very important to decide if you prefer a circular or diagonal fisheye. Make this decision and you can cut the choices in half.

It’s also good to consider if autofocus is important to you. If you are ok with manual focus, the lenses we have ranked #5 – #7 are all pretty good quality lenses at very low prices. If you need autofocus you will need to be willing to up the budget.

Are you a Nikon user? See our Reviews of the Best Fisheye Lenses for Nikon DSLRs.