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 eBay Price Angle Of View2 Max. Magnif. Min. Aperture Min. Dist. (cm) Filter (mm) Diameter (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) IR3 Lens Hood Produced Comments Tests4
Accura 8mm f/8.0 Fish-Eye   T                       1977 - 1982    
Accura 12mm f/8.0 Fish-Eye (small type)   N/F | T 130€ (US) | ~ 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 f/8.0 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 f/3.5 SMC (Auto) Takumar (-M)   M42 | P/K 1350$ |     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 f/3.5 SMC -A   P/K 612€                   built-in      
Asahi Opt. Co. 16mm f/11.0 Fish-Eye-Takumar   M42 120€                          
Asahi Opt. Co. 16mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye (Auto) (-A)   P/K   180 diag.   22 20           built-in      
Asahi Opt. Co. 17mm f/11.0 Fish-Eye-Takumar   M42   180 diag.   32               1962 fixed focus, apertures to set via perforated disks  
Asahi Opt. Co. 17mm f/4.0 (Auto) Fish-Eye-Takumar   M42       22 20 built-in     228     1967    
Asahi Opt. Co. 17mm f/4.0 S.-M.-C. (Auto) Fish-Eye-Takumar   M42       22 20 built-in                
Asahi Opt. Co. 17mm f/4.0 SMC (Auto) Fish-Eye (Fisheye Takumar?)   P/K 190€     22 20 built-in     228     1971    
Asahi Opt. Co. 18mm f/11.0 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 f/3.5 SMC (Auto)   P/K 356€                          
Belomo 8mm f/3.5 MC MS Peleng A Fisheye M42   180 circ. 1:7.7 16 22 R26.5 73.5 65.5 400 yes built-in   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 f/2.8 MC Peleng A   M42   180 diag.   16 30 R 75 92 620 yes built-in 1996 BelOMA = Belarusian Optical & Mechanical Association (russian: BelOMO = Belarus Optiko Mechanichesckoye Obyedinenie)  
Beroflex 12mm f/8.0 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 f/8.0 Super Wide Fish-Eye (big type)   L/R | M42 | T | 67€ | ~ 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); also available for C/FD detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Berolina 12mm f/8.0 Super Wide Fish-Eye (small type)   L/R | M42 | T | 66€ | 130€ ~ 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 f/3.5 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 f/2.8 F-Distagon T* (Fisheye)   C/Y | R/B 560€ | 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 f/2.78 ...)
Carl Zeiss 18mm f/4.0 Distagon T*   C/Y 350€ 100   22 30 70 70 51.5 354       if "Made in Japan", it's manufactured by Kyocera; feat. floating elements Modern Photography (18.4mm f/4.1 ...)
Carl Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon T* ZF/ZK   N/F | P/K   99   22 30 82 87 84 470     Cosina 2008    
Cosinon 12mm f/8.0 Fish-Eye Ultra-Wideangle (big type)   L/R | M42 | T | 67€ | ~ 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); also available for C/FD detailed review by Ray Lemieux: The strange case of the 12mm Fisheye
Ewar 12mm f/8.0 Ultra-Wide-Angle-Lens (small type)   M42 120€ 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 f/2.8 EBC Fujinon Fish Eye   M42   180 diag.   22 25 built-in     425     1978 - 1980* *source: usedprice.com  
Hanimex 7mm f/5.6 Fisheye       180 circ.   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 (screw-on type); Hanimex was the Spiratone label for the UK  
KMZ 8mm f/3.5 Zodiak-10       180 circ.                        
KMZ 15mm f/3.5 Mir-51M   M42   110   16 20 R 148 90 860   built-in 1980   center/edge resolution of 55/16 l/mm (primary source unknown)
KMZ 15mm f/3.5 Zodiak-2M   M42   180 diag.   16 20 R28 103 90 750   built-in 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 f/3.5 MC (Auto) Zodiak-2M-2   M42   180 diag.   16 20 R28 103 90 750   built-in 1983    
KMZ 16mm f/2.8 Zenitar-M /-H /-K Fisheye M42 | N/F | P/K   180 diag.   22 30 R26.5 62.5 48.2 294   built-in 1986 - 1991 "-M" lenses = M42, "-H" = Nikon, "-K" = Pentax; gelbfilter.de hosts an article about fixing some problems; technical data altered according to Rockwell; features rear focus David Kovaluk's Making Not Taking (Review); center/edge resolution of 60/23 l/mm (primary source unknown)
KMZ 16mm f/2.8 Zenitar-M /-H /-K Fisheye Type 1 Snapshots of KMZ 16mm f/2.8 Zenitar-M Fisheye Type 1 M42 | N/F | P/K 100€ | | 70€ 180 diag.   22 30 R26.5 62.5 50 310 yes built-in rec. 1993 - 2008* *means I only have records about lenses from that period (somewhere I found 1989 - 2003 as prod. period, but I can't remember, where); features rear focus; "-M" lenses = M42, "-H" = Nikon, "-K" = Pentax  
KMZ 16mm f/2.8 Zenitar-M Fisheye Type 2   C/Y | L/R | R/B   180 diag.   22 30 R26.5 63 49 310 yes built-in rec. 2002 - 2007* *means I only have records about lenses from that period (somewhere I found 1989 - 2003 as prod. period, but I can't remember, where); fixed mount; features rear focus; also available for C/EF, C/FD, M/SR  
Leitz Wetzlar 16mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye Elmarit   L/R 500€ 180 diag.   16 30 built-in     460   built-in 1974    
Mamiya 14mm f/3.5 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); there also was a Mamiya CS bayonet version  
Panomar 12mm f/8.0 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 f/8.0 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 f/8.0 Ultra-Wide Fish-Eye 145° (small type)   N/F | T 150€ (US ns) | ~ 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 f/8.0 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 f/4.0 (MF)   C/Y | N/Ai | P/K | | 360$ (250€) 180 circ.   22 20 R22.5* 59.5 73.5 374     - 1998 *internal filtermatic like; also available for C/FD  
Sigma 12mm f/8.0 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 f/8.0 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 f/2.8 [474]   C/Y | O/OM | P/K   180 diag.   22 15 R-Gel 72.5 63.5 328     1991 - 1995    
Sigma 16mm f/2.8 YS Filtermatic Fish Eye Multi   T 142$ (100€) 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 f/2.8 XQ Filtermatic Fisheye Multi-Coated   N/F | P/K 150$ (106€) |     22 15 built-in         built-in 1976* *according to Monaghan, sigmauser.co.uk dates this lens back to 1978
Sigma 16mm f/2.8 Filtermatic Fisheye Multi-Coated   N | P/K 250$ (175€)     22 15 built-in         built-in    
Sigma 16mm f/2.8 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; also available for K/AR, M/SR (FAP version)
Sigma 18mm f/3.5                           1977    
Sigma 18mm f/3.5 Widerama YS Auto   M42 30€ (w/out YS ad.)                     1977    
Sigma 18mm f/3.2 XQ Multi Coated   M42 | N/F 102€ (US) |                          
Sigma 18mm f/2.8 XQ Filtermatic               built-in           1977   What Camera Weekly 11/04/1981
Sigma 18mm f/2.8                                
Soligor 17mm f/3.5 MC   M42   104   16 appr. 20 72 appr. 80 appr. 70 appr. 350   built-in 1976 also available for C/FD, M/SR  
Spiratone 7mm f/5.6 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 f/8.0 Fish-Eye (small type)   N/F | T 100€ (US) | 106€ (US)     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 f/5.6 Fish-Eye (small type)   N/F | T | 150$     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; also available for C/FD  
Spiratone 18mm f/3.5 YS   M42 | N/Ai | N/F 96€ (US) | 40€ (US) |     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 f/3.2 YS (non-multicoated) Modern Photography ?/1971
Spiratone 18mm f/3.5 Ultra Wideangle Pluracoat Ø67   N           67         -/-      
Spiratone 18mm f/3.5 Ultra Wideangle Pluracoat Ø72   M42 | N/F |O/OM | P/K       16 20 72 83 55 364   fixed, flower Tokina also available for M/SR; according to Modern Photography a rebadged Tokina's 17mm f/3.5 David Kovaluk's Making Not Taking (Review); Modern Photography (17.7mm f/3.32 ...)
Spiratone 18mm f/3.2 YS   N 60€ (US)                   fixed, round Sigma Upsilon (Υ-...) SN signature  
Spiratone 18mm f/3.2 (Auto) Fisheye Ultra-Wideangle   M42   100   22 15 72 75 57 365   built-in 1977    
Tokina 17mm f/3.5 TL RMC   M42 (?)   103.4   16 25 67 69 48 303.3   RH-672/-722 (?)   also available for C/FD, M/SR; predecessor of the SL-17, looks identical with only minor technical differences (aperture dial works the other way around: reads f/3.5 to 16 instead of f/16 to 3.5)  
Tokina 17mm f/3.5 SL RMC [SL-17]   N/AiS | P/K 110€ | 105€ 103.4   16 25 67 69 48 303.3   RH-722/-672, flw. 1979*/1980 * listed at usedprice.com; also available for C/FD, K/AR PhotoZone (tested with a Pentax); What Camera Weekly 11/04/1981
Universa 12mm f/8.0 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 f/8.0 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 f/8.0 Fish-Fye (big type)   N/F | T 240€ (South Africa) ~ 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 f/8.0 Fish-Eye Ultra-Wideangle (big type)   N/F | T 240€ (South Africa) ~ 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 f/3.5 SC Auto Wide-Angle   M42 | N/F 45€ | 103.4   16 22 72         built-in Tokina 1977 - 1979 SN ≥377xxxxx; is claimed to provide better sharpness than its successor (see MC version below)  
Vivitar 17mm f/3.5 MC Wide-Angle   M42 | N/Ai | P/K   103.4   16 25 67 70 49.2 305     Tokina 1980 - 1986 SN ≤376xxxxx What Camera Weekly 11/04/1981

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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.