Canon's EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM interchangeable lens has been honored in Japan with the prestigious Camera Grand Prix 2012 "Lens of the Year Award." It is the second award to date for the Canon fisheye lens, which was also named "Best Professional DSLR Lens in 2012" in Europe by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).
The Camera Grand Prix is organized by the Camera Journal Press Club, comprising journalists from major Japanese photography and camera magazines. Separated into four award categories, the 29th Camera Grand Prix honored Canon's EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM with the "Lens of the Year Award" based on a review of lens products introduced in the Japanese market during the past year.
The lens was also selected for one of TIPA's awards "Best Professional DSLR Lens in 2012." Canon can be really happy with these awards and the two awards confirm that right now Canon is indeed making great camera lenses.
And here is the description of the lens (via Canon):
Delivering both 180-degree diagonal angle of view and 180-degree circular fisheye in a single zoom lens, Canon's EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM enables a wide range of stunning imaging possibilities with unique and interesting perspectives. The lens was selected for this year's Camera Grand Prix award thanks to such factors as its 8-15mm focal length range,and its high-image-quality performance made possible by the incorporation of UD (ultra-low dispersion)-glass and high-precision glass-mold aspherical elements to correct for aberrations. The lens was also recognized for its Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC), which minimizes the occurrence of ghosting and flare; its compact design delivering enhanced portability; and a dust-proof, moisture-proof structure for reliable shooting even in harsh weather conditions.