Just six (6) months ago, in the review of the Tokina atx-m 56mm F1.4 X lens, I wrote in the “Personal Thoughts” section: “…small but capable, bright aperture lenses with affordable price tags (especially after the pandemic) are potential winners..” (you can read it here).
Tokina SZ 8mm F2.8 Fisheye Lens is exactly that: a very small, lightweight, capable and bright lens with a (very) affordable price tag.
Although the Fisheye effect will not be of everyone style, still it is a lens that can do wonders when used properly.
Personally I do not use very often Fisheye lenses, but there are times that I need to use a fisheye lens. A good example is in commercial Real Estate Photography.
I have often encountered rooms and indoor areas on houses and villas that are way too small that even a focal length of 14mm (in FX) cannot capture everything.
In these occasions, a Fisheye lens is a must, otherwise you simply cannot do the job right. And keep in mind that if it is used properly, you can get rid of the distortion in post.
I honestly enjoyed this lens, as it can create some unique perspectives and honestly, it is so small that you can leave it on your camera bag just in case.
Oh, did I mention that it is ideal for Vlogging?