Nikon 16mm f/3.5
Nikon 16mm f/3.5, AI-updated (covers FX, DX and 35mm, internal lever-selected filters, 11.6 oz./330g, 1'/0.3m close focus, about $350 used if you know How to Win at eBay). bigger. I got mine at this direct link to them at eBay.
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16mm f/2.8 AI-s (1979-1998)
16mm f/2.8 AF-D (1993-)
8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E (2017-)
Of course with a 32-second exposure, the palm fronds blew around in the wind.
This Nikon 16mm f/3.5 is Nikon's first 16mm fisheye.
it is also the world's first fisheye designed to fill the entire rectangular 24 × 36mm frame. Earlier fisheyes produced just a small circular image that sat in the middle of a dark frame; while this lens fills the entire frame.
This 16/3.5 also happens to be Nikon's sharpest 16mm lens. For whatever reason, the newer manual focus 16/2.8 and autofocus 16/2.8 have never been as sharp on the sides at large apertures. As you can see in the sample images, so long as it's in focus, this lens is sharp out to the corners even wide-open at f/3.5.
Like all Nikon classic manual-focus lenses, this has extraordinary mechanical quality that will outlast its owner.
Nikon 16mm f/3.5. bigger.
This is a full frame FX lens, and I'm reviewing it as such.
This manual-focus Nikon 16mm f/3.5 works great with most full-frame Nikon cameras, 35mm and digital, so long as this lens is either an AI or AI-updated version. If it's an original F-mount lens, it's not particular compatible with much of anything other than the cheapest DX DSLRs and Nikon's pre-1977 cameras. Follow those links to see which version is your lens.
See Nikon Lens Compatibility for details on your camera. Read down the "Pre-AI,: "AI, AI-s" or "AI Converted" column depending on your lens.
Nikon calls this the Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5.
NIKKOR is Nikon's brand name for all their lenses.
8 elements in 5 groups.
Nikon 16mm f/3.5 at f/5.6. bigger.
Stops down to f/22.
Angle of View
101º diagonal on DX.
Focus ring rotates 160.º
Infinity Focus Stop
Depth of Field Scale
Infrared Focus Index
1 foot (0.3 meters).
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
1:13.4 (0.075 ×).
Three internal filters selected with a lever.
None, just the protective ridges seen above.
64K cap for Nikon 16mm f/3.5. bigger.
Special model number 64K felt-lined metal front cap, which is unique to this f/3.5 fisheye. The f/2.8s take a model 62K cap.
Standard Nikon rear cap.
Optional CL-31, No.54 or CP-1.
2.68" maximum diameter × 2.01" extension from flange.
68 mm maximum diameter × 51 mm extension from flange.
11.6 oz. (330 g).
Made in Japan.
Focus is as smooth as silk, perfectly damped with no play.
Manual focus is flawless, both with a real camera like the Nikon F3, or with the three-way ( " > o < " ) manual focus indicators on newer cameras like the D4, D600, D800, D800E, D3X, D3s, D3, D700, F4, F5, F6 and most professional AF cameras.
Lesser digital cameras, like the D300s and down, usually have just one "OK" focus dot, which is not as precise as two arrows and a dot.
Focus breathing is the image changing size as focused in and out. It's important to cinematographers because it looks funny if the image changes size as focus gets pulled back and forth between actors. If the lens does this, the image "breathes" by growing and contracting slightly as the dialog goes back and forth.
Bokeh, the feel or quality of out-of-focus areas as opposed to how far out of focus they are, is
Davis 6250 weather station, July 2017. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display full resolutions images properly).
Filter Selector, Nikon 16mm f/3.5. bigger.
There are no color fringes as shot on Brand cameras, which by default correct for any that may be there.
It gets close, but because it's so wide it doesn't look that way:
Kienzle Flieger Automat 800/2843, 19 July 2017. Nikon D810 with Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 at close-focus distance wide-open at f/3.5 at 1/2,000 at Auto ISO 100. bigger. or camera-original © file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display full resolution images properly).
The great news is that even wide-open, it's still super-sharp:
If this crop is about 6" (15cm) wide on your screen, then the complete image printed at this same extreme magnification would be about 25 x 38" (65 x 100cm).
If this crop is about 12" (30cm) wide on your screen, then the complete image printed at this same extreme magnification would be about 50 x 75" (1.3 x 2 meters).
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Like all Nikkor manual focus AI-s lenses, the Nikon NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 AI-s is built to the highest mechanical standards of any lens ever made.
Solid anodized alloy.
Anodized and enameled aluminum.
Feels like brass: smooth and silky with no play or need for damping grease.
Engraved into barrel and filled with different colors of paint.
Cast aluminum, anodized and enameled.
Engraved markings filled with different colors of paint coded to the depth-of-field scale.
Automatic Aperture-Coupling Prong
Solid chromed, machined brass (F) or stamped stainless steel (AI and AI-updated).
Moisture Seal at Mount
Dull chromed metal.
All engraved and filled with paint.
Noises When Shaken
Very mild clicking.
It has no stabilization, but it covers such a wide angle that it minimizes camera shake. I get perfectly sharp shots down to about 1/4 second hand-held.
With a classic 7-bladed diaphragm, it makes classic 14-pointed Sunstars on brilliant points of light.
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