The X-Pro 1 from Fujifilm is one of those cameras that many photographers lust after. This new DSLR is getting a lot of love from people like Zack Arias, and it continues to show it has the chops to play with the big boys like Sony/Canon/Nikon. Now it appears third parties are finally getting on board and developing lenses for this new system.
Samyang is producing an 8mm (12mm in 35mm format) f/2.8 fish-eye to the X-mount system. This lens provides a 180-degree angle of view, eight groups of ten elements, a minimal aperture of f/22, and a minimal focal distance of 11.81 inches. The optics are multi-coated and a built-in petal-type lens hood is included as well. Overall, this is a very pretty lens!
As this is a Samyang, there is no image stabilization or autofocus built into the lens. This may deter some people, but a tripod reduces the need for image stabilization and it’s easy to focus thanks to the crazy wide angle of view. Any photographer that shoots on prior lenses from this manufacturer, or uses lenses from a manufacturer like Carl Zeiss, will have no issues utilizing this glass. This lens is currently up for pre-order and retails for $350, which is crazy when you consider many fish-eyes start at $600 and work their way up from there.
The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is still a young camera, so seeing a third party starting to embrace it is a great showing of confidence in both company and product. It should not be long before the likes of Tamrom and Sigma join in and we start to see a lot of attractive options dropping for this system. This is an exciting time for Fujifilm and their fans.