Vintage And Modern Non-C/EF Ultrawide And Fisheye Lenses Worth An Adaption To Canon EF - Canon EOS Technoclopedia

Ultrawide & Fisheye Lenses (7-18mm) Mounts1 Angle Of View2 Max. Magnif. Aperture
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Min. Dist. (cm) Filter (mm) Diameter (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) IR3 Lens Hood Produced Comments Tests4
Accura 8mm F8.0 Fish-Eye     T (circ.)                     1977 - 1982    
Accura 12mm F8.0 Fish-Eye (small type)     N/F | T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 73 57 255***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; not clearly marked as Sigma product in the SN; comes with a doomed lens cap detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Accura 12mm F8.0 Fish-Eye (big type)     T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 83 59 325***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; comes with a two-part lens cap assembly (big ring + flat cap) detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Admiral G.M.C. Fisheye     M42                            
Asahi Opt. Co. 15mm F3.5 SMC (Auto) Takumar (-M)     M42 | P/K     22   0.3 built-in 58.4 78.7 559   built-in 1975 extremely rare in M42, approximately 500 pieces were produced  
Asahi Opt. Co. 15mm F3.5 SMC -A     P/K                     built-in      
Asahi Opt. Co. 16mm F11.0 Fish-Eye-Takumar     M42                            
Asahi Opt. Co. 16mm F2.8 Fish-Eye (Auto) (-A)     P/K 180 (diag.)   22   20           built-in      
Asahi Opt. Co. 17mm F11.0 Fish-Eye-Takumar     M42 180 (diag.)   32                 1962 fixed focus, apertures to set via perforated disks  
Asahi Opt. Co. 17mm F4.0 (Auto) Fish-Eye-Takumar     M42     22   20 built-in     228     1967    
Asahi Opt. Co. 17mm F4.0 S.-M.-C. (Auto) Fish-Eye-Takumar     M42     22   20 built-in                
Asahi Opt. Co. 17mm F4.0 SMC (Auto) Fish-Eye (Fisheye Takumar?)     P/K     22   20 built-in     228     1971    
Asahi Opt. Co. 18mm F11.0 Fish-Eye-Takumar     M42 (circ.)   32   0.26 built-in     98 (?)     1962/3 fixed focus, apertures to set via perforated disks; very rare  
Asahi Opt. Co. 18mm F3.5 SMC (Auto)     P/K                            
Belomo 8mm F3.5 MC Peleng A Fisheye   M42 180 (circ.) 1:7.7 16 9 22 R26.5 73.5 65.5 400 yes built-in БелОМО might protrude too far into the body resulting in damage of the mirror, so the rear element must be removed - this is possible but results in loss of infinity focus PhotoZone; center/corner resolution: 55/15lp/mm (according to BelOMO)
Belomo 17mm F2.8 MC Peleng A     M42 180 (diag.)   16   30 R 75 92 620 yes built-in БелОМО 1996    
Beroflex 12mm F8.0 Super Wide Fish-Eye (small type)     M42 ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 73 57 255***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; both versions with unsigned SN and with Sigma (Σ-...) signature; comes with a doomed lens cap detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Beroflex 12mm F8.0 Super Wide Fish-Eye (big type)     L/R | M42 | T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 83 59 325***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; Upsilon (Υ-...) SN signature; comes with a two-part lens cap assembly (big ring + flat cap) detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Berolina 12mm F8.0 Super Wide Fish-Eye (small type)     L/R | M42 | T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 73 57 255***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; Sigma (Σ-...) SN signature; comes with a doomed lens cap  
Carl Zeiss 15mm F3.5 Distagon T*     C/Y 110   22   16 built-in 83.5 94 875   built-in   if "Made in Japan", it's manufactured by Kyocera; also available for Rolleiflex 3003 (w/ HFT coating)  
Carl Zeiss 16mm F2.8 F-Distagon T* (Fisheye)     C/Y | R/B 180 (diag.)   22   30 built-in turret 70 61.5 454   built-in   if "Made in Japan", it's manufactured by Kyocera; filter turret includes UV, Orange 57, Yellow 50 and Blue 11 Modern Photography (16.5mm F2.78 ...)
Carl Zeiss 18mm F4.0 Distagon T*     C/Y 100   22   30 70 70 51.5 354       if "Made in Japan", it's manufactured by Kyocera; feat. floating elements Modern Photography (18.4mm F4.1 ...)
Carl Zeiss 18mm F3.5 Distagon T* ZF/ZK     N/F | P/K 99   22   30 82 87 84 470     Cosina 2008    
Cosinon 12mm F8.0 Fish-Eye Ultra-Wideangle (big type)     L/R | M42 | T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 83 59 325***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; Sigma (Σ-...) SN signature; comes with a two-part lens cap assembly (big ring + flat cap) detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Ewar 12mm F8.0 Ultra-Wide-Angle-Lens (small type)     M42 180   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 73 57 255***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; Sigma (Σ-...) SN signature; comes with a doomed lens cap  
Fuji Photo 16mm F2.8 EBC Fujinon Fish Eye     M42 180 (diag.)   22   25 built-in     425     1978 - 1980* *source: usedprice.com  
Hanimex 7mm F5.6 Fisheye     N/F 180 (circ.)   45*   fixed -/-     700 (?)   -/- 1970 - 1975 straight long barrel with a front lens element quite narrow in diameter, but protruding significantly out of the barrel; mount is exchangeable (screw-on type, little wider than T2); shows extreme CAs even at its center; Hanimex was the Spiratone label for the UK;
*as seen on some lenses, the Hanimex Lens Guide sais F22
 
KMZ 8mm F3.5 Zodiak-10     M42 180 (circ.)           ~60 ~65 360     КМЗ ~1980's center/edge resolution specified to 50/30 l/mm; did not make it into serial production (not sure about actual existence)  
KMZ 15mm F3.5 Mir-51M     M42 110   16   20 R 148 90 860   built-in КМЗ 1980   center/edge resolution of 55/16 l/mm (primary source unknown)
KMZ 15mm F3.5 Zodiak-2M     M42 180 (diag.)   16   20 R28 103 90 750   built-in КМЗ 1975 (- 1979?) see a picture of the first ever made Zodiak-2M at USSRPhoto.com center/edge resolution of 48/18 l/mm (primary source unknown)
KMZ 15mm F3.5 MC (Auto) Zodiak-2M-2     M42 180 (diag.)   16   20 R28 103 90 750   built-in КМЗ 1983    
KMZ 16mm F2.8 Zenitar-M /-H /-K Fisheye Snapshots of KMZ 16mm F2.8 Zenitar-M Fisheye C/Y | M42 | N/F | P/K 180 (diag.)   22   30 R26.5 62.5 49 310 yes built-in КМЗ 1986 - 2008 gelbfilter.de hosts an article about fixing some problems; features rear focus; "-M" lenses = natively M42, "-H" = natively Nikon, "-K" = natively Pentax; further available with C/EF David Kovaluk's Making Not Taking (Review); Ken Rockwell Review; center/edge resolution of 60/23 l/mm (primary source unknown)
Leitz Wetzlar 16mm F2.8 Fish-Eye Elmarit     L/R 180 (diag.)   16   30 built-in     460   built-in 1974    
Mamiya 14mm F3.5 Fish-Eye Sekor     M42 180 (diag.)   16   30 built-in     295   built-in   identical to Rollei 3.5/14 F-Rolleinar & Voigtländer Color-F-Skoparex (QBM)  
Panomar 12mm F8.0 Gefilta Fish-Eye (small type)     M42 | T2 ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 73 57 255***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; not clearly marked as Sigma product in the SN; comes with a doomed lens cap detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Panomar 12mm F8.0 Fish-Eye (small type)     M42 | T2 ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 73 57 255***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; all three SN versions found: not marked, with Sigma (Σ-...) and with Upsilon (Υ-...) signatures; comes with a doomed lens cap detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Prinz 12mm F8.0 Ultra-Wide Fish-Eye 145° (small type)     N/F | T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 73 57 255***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; Sigma (Σ-...) SN signature; comes with a doomed lens cap detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Regnon 12mm F8.0 Fish-Eye (big type)     T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 83 59 325***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; Sigma (Σ-...) SN signature; comes with a two-part lens cap assembly (big ring + flat cap) detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Sigma 8mm F4.0 (MF)     C/Y | N/Ai | P/K 180 (circ.)   22   20 R22.5* 59.5 73.5 374     - 1998 *internal filtermatic like  
Sigma 12mm F8.0 Fish-Eye (small type)     M42 ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 73 57 255***   -/- 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **incl. lens caps; fixed focus; exchangeable mount piece; lower SNs, advanced coatings, but said to be of inferior optical quality; comes with a doomed lens cap;
was also sold under Accura, Beroflex, Berolina, Ewar, Panomar, Spiratone, Upsilon and Vemar brands
detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Sigma 12mm F8.0 Fish-Eye Ultra-Wideangle (big type)     T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 83 59 325***   -/- 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; Sigma (Σ-...) SN signature;higher SNs, simple coatings, but said to be of superior optical quality; comes with a two-part lens cap assembly (big ring + flat cap);
was also sold under Accura, Beroflex, Cosinon, Regnon, Universa, Upsilon and Vemar brands
detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Sigma 15mm F2.8 [474]     C/Y | O/OM | P/K 180 (diag.)   22   15 R-Gel 72.5 63.5 328     1991 - 1995    
Sigma 16mm F2.8 YS Filtermatic Fish Eye Multi     T 180 (diag.)   22   15 built-in 72   350   built-in 1974 - 1977   one of them was covered in What Camera Weekly 11/04/1981
Sigma 16mm F2.8 XQ Filtermatic Fisheye Multi-Coated     N/F | P/K     22   15 built-in         built-in 1976* *according to Monaghan, sigmauser.co.uk dates this lens back to 1978
Sigma 16mm F2.8 Filtermatic Fisheye Multi-Coated     N | P/K     22   15 built-in         built-in    
Sigma 16mm F2.8 Filtermatic Fisheye Multi-Coated Ø22.5     C/Y | O/OM | N/Ai     22   30 R22.5/built-in/58*           1980 *with originally included slip-on front adapter; last of the filtermatics, has the lens type imprint on the front lens ring
Sigma 18mm F3.5                             1977    
Sigma 18mm F3.5 Widerama YS Auto     M42                       1977    
Sigma 18mm F3.2 XQ Multi Coated     M42 | N/F                            
Sigma 18mm F2.8 XQ Filtermatic                 built-in           1977   What Camera Weekly 11/04/1981
Sigma 18mm F2.8                                  
Soligor 17mm F3.5 MC     M42 104   16   appr. 20 72 appr. 80 appr. 70 appr. 350   built-in 1976    
Spiratone 7mm F5.6 Fisheye     N/F     45     -/-     700 (?)   -/- 1970 - 1975 long barrel with the front lens element being very small in diameter (straight barrel design from rear to front), but protruding out of the barrel significantly; mount is exchangeable (big screw-on type); also sold as Hanimex  
Spiratone 12mm F8.0 Fish-Eye (small type)     N/F | T     8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 73 57 255***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; comes with a doomed lens cap  
Spiratone 12mm F5.6 Fish-Eye (small type)     N/F | T     5.6-8-16   (fixed) -/-         -/- Sigma exchangeable mount piece; Sigma (Σ-...) SN signature; comes with a doomed lens cap like the 8/12 small type  
Spiratone 18mm F3.5 YS     M42 | N/Ai | N/F     22   15 72         -/- Sigma ≥1971 comes with either Sigma (Σ-...) or Upsilon (Υ-...) SN signatures; according to Modern Photography identical to/a renamed version of the earlier F3.2 YS (non-multicoated) Modern Photography ?/1971
Spiratone 18mm F3.5 Ultra Wideangle Pluracoat Ø67     N           67         -/-      
Spiratone 18mm F3.5 Ultra Wideangle Pluracoat Ø72     M42 | N/F |O/OM | P/K     16   20 72 83 55 364   fixed, flower Tokina according to Modern Photography a rebadged Tokina 17mm F3.5 David Kovaluk's Making Not Taking (Review); Modern Photography (17.7mm F3.32 ...)
Spiratone 18mm F3.2 YS     N                     fixed, round Sigma Upsilon (Υ-...) SN signature  
Spiratone 18mm F3.2 (Auto) Fisheye Ultra-Wideangle     M42 100   22   15 72 75 57 365   built-in 1977    
Tokina 17mm F3.5 RMC Wide-Auto       103.4   16   22 72 80 80 380   built-in   predecessor of the SL-17  
Tokina 17mm F3.5 RMC II [SL-17]     C/Y | N/Ai | P/K 103.4   16   25 67 70 49.2 305   RH-722 (flower) 1979* - 2004 *according to usedprice.com; sub-versions with aperture scales reading from left > right (F3.5 to 16, older) and from right < left (F16 to 3.5, newer) PhotoZone (tested with a Pentax); What Camera Weekly 11/04/1981
Universa 12mm F8.0 Superweit (big type)     N/F | T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 83 59 325***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; Sigma (Σ-...) SN signature; comes with a two-part lens cap assembly (big ring + flat cap) detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Upsilon 12mm F8.0 Fish-Eye (big type)     N/F | T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 83 59 325***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; Sigma (Σ-...) SN signature; comes with a two-part lens cap assembly (big ring + flat cap) detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Upsilon 12mm F8.0 Fish-Fye (big type)     N/F | T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 83 59 325***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; Upsilon (Υ-...) SN signature; comes with a two-part lens cap assembly (big ring + flat cap) detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Vemar 12mm F8.0 Fish-Eye Ultra-Wideangle (big type)     N/F | T ~ 165   8-11-16*   appr. 30 (?)** -/- 83 59 325***   -/- Sigma 1968 - 1973 (?) *pinhole revolver system; **fixed focus; ***incl. lens caps; exchangeable mount piece; not clearly marked as Sigma product in the SN; comes with a two-part lens cap assembly (big ring + flat cap) detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Vivitar 17mm F3.5 (SC) Auto Wide-Angle     M42 | N/F | O/OM 103.4   16   22 72 80 80 380   built-in Tokina 1977 - 1979 SN ≥377xxxxx  
Vivitar 17mm F3.5 MC Wide-Angle     M42 | N/Ai | P/K 103.4   16 6 25 67 70 49.2 305     Tokina 1980 - 1986 SN ≤376xxxxx What Camera Weekly 11/04/1981
Yashica 15mm F2.8 ML Fish-Eye     C/Y 170 (diag.)   16   30 revolver (3) 75 70.5 445   built-in, flower      

General Notes:
1.) I try to keep this list 'reasonable'. It is therefore limited to lenses, that can be adopted to Canon EF by means of still making sense. That excludes most zoom lenses, lenses without aperture ring, most middle and big format lenses because of their lower resolution and lenses that have to be corrected by using glass elements in the mount adapter pieces (Canon FD and Minolta). These glass elements are often either low quality or the adapter itself is very pricey. You can use the cheap ones without their glass elements, but this will result in less working distance and loss of infinity focus. Since working distance is already very limited with macro lenses and loss of infinity not really makes sense for wide or tele lenses, this method is not considered a real option, when buying a lens for normal usage.
2.) Limited EOS compatibility: Useless to say, all lenses in this list are limited in their EOS compatibility. There will be no AF nor In-Focus-Indication and there will be no time priority nor full auto mode due to missing electronic coupling between lens and body. Auto apertures are not available (while this feature will still be very useful for manual focusing).
Also, I don't make a distinction between fully manual and preset aperture mechanisms, they are just referred to as manual diaphragms.
3.) Asahi production periods: M42 preset Takumars 1957-1962, Auto-Takumars 1958-1962, Super-Takumars 1962-1971, Super-Multi-Coated (S.-M.-C.) Takumars early period and SMC Takumars later period of 1971-1976 (source: Frank Mechelhoff)
Pentax vintage mount versions: M42: 1957-?, SMC-M: 1975 -?, SMC-A: 1983 - ?
4.) Soligor series shorties: The C/D series was the top end line with some very good lenses. C/D stands for Computer Designed. The S/M designation seems to be a marketing gimmick like Vivitar's RL Edition. S/M stands for Special Model/Sondermodell.
5.) A note on Vivitar serial numbers for lenses manufactured between 1970 and 1990 according to Stephen Gandy, complemented with information given by KironKid and Boggy at Kiron-Klub:
  They (most often) consist of 8 digits, whereof ...
  • 1st two digits tell the manufacturer:
    6: Olympus, 9: Cosina, 13: Schneider Optik, 19: Sigma, 22: Kino Precision, 25: Ozone Optical, 28: Komine, 32: Makinon, 33: Asanuma, 37: Tokina, 42: Bauer, 44: Perkin Elmer, 47: Chinon, 51: Tokyo Trading, 56: Kyoe Schoji, 61: Samyang, 75: Hoya Optical, 77: Kobori, 81: Polar
    - still missing in this list are #0 and #41
  • 3rd digit tells the year (so 5 either means 1975 or 1985 ... you need to know the production period to be sure)
  • 4th and 5th digit tell the production week
   
See the processing log. Additions and corrections are welcome.