Canon has designed a fisheye lens for EOS R cameras

Fishy business! A Canon RF 8-15mm f/4 Fisheye has been designed for EOS R cameras
(Image credit: James Artaius)

Something smells fishy… and it could be because Canon has designed a fisheye zoom lens for the Canon EOS R family of full-frame mirrorless cameras. 

The manufacturer has been hard at work on the Canon RF 8-15mm f/4 Fisheye – which is a mirrorless version of one of the best fisheye lenses (opens in new tab), the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM (opens in new tab) for DSLRs. 

While there are plenty of creative options among the best Canon RF lenses (opens in new tab) – from the bokeh-tastic Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L DS (opens in new tab) lens to the Lensbaby Composer (opens in new tab) – something that's notably absent from the current lineup is a fisheye lens. 

So we're grateful that Canon is revisiting its classic EF optic, which boasts a 180-degree angle of view that enables you to create circular fisheye images at 8mm (giving you that distinctive "porthole effect", as shown in the image above) as well as shots with full-frame coverage (which fill the entire frame) when the lens is zoomed right in.

Canon usually makes a tweaks to something, or adds an extra bell or whistle when it produces RF equivalents of EF lenses, so it will be interesting to see if it does anything dramatic here or if it's a straight-up translation of the existing DSLR optic. 

Here are some of the details from the optical formula, unearthed from the Japanese patent registration that was spotted by Canon News (opens in new tab)

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Focal length8.1011.9715.07
F number4.104.104.10
Half angle of view91.5190.0090.32
Image height11.5017.0021.50
Lens total length111.33107.33108.91

Canon is showing no signs of slowing down with its madcap maturation of the RF mount lineup. Already we've heard that there's an Canon RF 35mm f/1.2 (opens in new tab), a Canon RF 35mm f/1.2 Defocus Smoothing (opens in new tab) version, a Canon RF 300mm f/2.8 (opens in new tab) and another RF super-telephoto coming in 2021. 

We're bowled over by how much effort the manufacturer is putting into the RF mount. Now, if it would just give us a 1:1 macro lens… 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.