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Nikon 16mm f/2.8D AF Fisheye Nikkor

 
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(From Nikon lens literature) Full frame 180 degree fisheye coverage with Nikon's advanced D-type autofocus lens technology. Bright f/2.8 aperture for photographing in dim light or with fast shutter speeds. High-contrast images even at full aperture. Lens Hood: Built-in flower type. Rear bayonet filters included: L37C, A2, B2, O56.

Nikon 16mm f/2.8D AF Fisheye Nikkor User Reviews

9.5/10 average of 2 reviews Build Quality 9.0/10 Image Quality 9.5/10
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by (31 reviews)
    no flare, no CA
    actually none, only a little distorsion :-)

    I didn't like this lens on D2x. The definition is not enough for a print photo.
    But with my D700 the 16mm fisheye is fantastic!
    I don't see any cromatic aberration, nor flare (and the flare's critic in a lot of conditions), and the definition is high from f4.
    I bought my sample very used, but I haven't any problem with AF or other feature.
    I'm shooting with this Fisheye more than I thought.

    After i wrote this review, I've upgraded my gear with a D800 and a D600... and this FishEye still works perfectly. :-)
    a_

    reviewed December 8th, 2008 (purchased for $510)
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (7 reviews)
    I really like the modest fisheye FUNK this lens gives when mounted on a 1.5x sensor DSLR.
    I don't really have any Cons

    AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D

    All of my lens test/comparisons were performed on a Nikon D2x (reduced frame, 1.5x 12.2MP CMOS sensor). The camera was set to mirror lock-up, mounted on a tripod and fired with the MC-30 cable release. The test exposures were captured as NEF raw files and compared with no image sharpening.

    When I first bought this lens I was using a film SLR, so naturally I found the 180 degree diagonal field of view quirky. However, I’ve gone on to buy a few reduced frame DSLRs. Initially, I only used the fisheye on a reduce frame DSLR a few times, because I felt as though it was like using a wide angle lens without aspherical lens elements to correct barrel distortion.

    Basically I felt like the 16mm fisheye lens produced sloppy wide angle results when mounted on a DSLR. At the time this deterred me. More recently I thought about selling the lens, but in a last ditched effort I took it along to photograph some live music.

    I didn’t end up selling this lens, because I now really appreciate the subtle curvature at the edges of the frame. In fact I now find fully blown fisheye lenses kind of grotesque. Add to this the fact that it’s wide, fast and light to travel with.

    For PC users, you can also take advantage of the free PT Lens plug-in, which allows you to fully correct the barrel distortion and render the final image with a field of view that’s equivalent to approx a 15mm lens with aspherical elements. (The components of PT Lens can be downloaded for FREE from here: http://www.epaperpress.com/ptlens/index.html

    Viewed in these terms, I now see the 16mm fisheye as a great quality and versatile wide-angle lens.

    The best results arrive with this lens set to around f/5.6. Even wide open (f/2.8) this lens performs better than the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G at 12mm OR 15mm when it’s set to f/4. Likewise on a reduced frame SLR I find the chromatic aberrations to be less pronounced on the 16mm fisheye, than those produced by the 12-24mm DX lens.

    Note: these are subjective results that may not reflect your particular sample OR use of this lens.

    Das Bosun

    reviewed November 23rd, 2005