Fisheye Lens

When looking for a suitable fisheye lens, find one that captures at least 180 degrees on the long edge of your camera’s sensor. This can be determined by finding a sample photo of that particular lens/camera combination or testing out the lens in person. If you see a circular image with black regions surrounding, then it means the fisheye is capturing at least 180 degrees in that direction. It’s okay if the short edge of the sensor crops the circle a little, but if it’s heavily cropped (likely on video cameras or still cameras in video mode) you may not have enough horizontal FOV to create a PanoMoment with a natural viewing angle (see Virtual Reality support below).

Virtual Reality Support

VR playback will be limited to PanoMoments with a minimum of 115 degrees horizontal x 150 degrees vertical captured to ensure compatibility with head tilting. This means that circular fisheye lenses (with black areas fully surrounding the image) are the best choice as they capture 180+ degrees in both horizontal and vertical directions. It is possible to maintain VR support with a partial circular fisheye lenses (cropped edges of the circle) but this will depend on the amount of the crop. Fisheye lenses are heavily compressed towards the edges so even a tiny crop can result in a large loss of usable FOV. If you don’t care about VR support, you can capture with a full-frame / diagonal fisheye (ie. no black areas) or an ultra-wide rectilinear lens. The resulting viewable horizontal and vertical field of view will be limited depending on the captured FOV and number of photos. If you choose to capture with an ultra-wide rectilinear lens, we recommend a maximum of 14mm (in 35mm equivalent) to provide enough field of view to produce an engaging PanoMoment.

Electronically Coupled Lenses

Lenses that are electronically coupled to the camera can actually cause a slight flicker between subsequent shots due to the aperture blades not closing exactly the same way for each shot. Thus, we recommend shooting with fully manual lenses, or lenses adapted from one system to another. Note that this is not an issue if you're shooting video as the iris maintains a constant aperture throughout the shot.

Recommended Lenses per Mount

Mount Recommended Lens FOV Video Mode Compatible
Micro 4/3 Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 190 x 125 degrees Depends on sensor crop (usable on GH4/GH5 in 4:3 or 1:1 crop, not usable in 16:9)
Fuji X Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 190 x 190 degrees Yes
Fuji GFX Rokinon/Samyan 8mm f/3.5 HD + 35mm Adapter 180 x 180 degrees Yes
Sony E Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 190 x 190 degrees Yes
Sony FE Rokinon/Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 + Nodal Ninja Conversion 180 x 180 degrees Yes
Sony Alpha Rokinon/Samyan 8mm f/3.5 HD 180 x Unknown degrees No
Pentax K Rokinon/Samyan 8mm f/3.5 HD 180 x Unknown degrees No
Canon EF-S Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 180 x 180 degrees Yes
Canon EF Rokinon/Samyan 8mm f/3.5 HD 180 x Unknown degrees No
Canon EF-M Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 190 x 190 degrees Yes
Nikon FX Rokinon/Samyan 8mm f/3.5 HD 180 x Unknown degrees No
Nikon DX Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 180 x 180 degrees Yes

Fisheye Lens and Format Compatibility

Lens Image Circle M43 APS-C Full Frame Electronically Coupled
Rokinon/Samyang 8mm ~33mm - - Cropped Circular No
Nikon 10.5mm 28.4mm - Diagonal Cropped Circular Yes
Pelang 8mm ~25mm - Diagonal Circular No
Canon 8-15mm Min ~24mm - Diagonal Circular -> Diagonal Yes
Rokinon/Samyang 7.5mm ~23mm Diagonal Cropped Circular - E-mount only with adapter Cropped Circular - FE-mount only with adapter No
Sigma 8mm 22mm - Cropped Circular Circular Yes
Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 ~16mm Cropped Circular Circular Circular (FE-mount only) No
Yasuhara Madoka 7.3mm 15.1mm Cropped Circular Circular (E-mount only) Circular (FE-mount only) No
Lensbaby 5.8mm 14.6mm Cropped Circular Circular Circular No
Sunex 5.6mm 14.5mm Cropped Circular Circular Circular No
Sigma 4.5mm 12.7mm Circular Circular Circular Yes
Entaniya 2.3mm MFT Fisheye - Circular Circular Circular (FE-mount only) No
Entaniya 3.0mm MFT Fisheye - Circular Circular Circular (FE-mount only) No
Entaniya 3.6mm MFT Fisheye - Cropped Circular Circular Circular (FE-mount only) No
iZugar MKX22 10mm Circular Circular - No
Fujinon 1" C Mount 2.7mm 8.6mm Circular Circular - No
Canon 15mm - Diagonal Diagonal Yes
Nikon 16mm - Diagonal Diagonal Yes
Rokinon/Samyang 12mm - Diagonal Diagonal No
Sigma 10mm - Diagonal Diagonal Yes
Sigma 15mm - Diagonal Diagonal Yes
Nikon 14mm - Diagonal Diagonal Yes