Nikon 16mm f/3.5

Fisheye-NIKKOR (1973-1979)

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Nikon 16mm f/3.5 Fisheye

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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Desert Palms at Night

Desert Palms at Night, 20 July 2017. Nikon D810 with Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 at f/8 at 32 seconds at ISO 100, Perfectly Clear. bigger or full-resolution file or camera-original © JPG file.

Of course with a 32-second exposure, the palm fronds blew around in the wind.

 

P40 Flying Tiger

P40 Flying Tiger at the Palm Springs Air Museum, 24 July 2017. Nikon D810 with Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 at f/3.5 hand-held at 1/4 at ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © JPG file.

 

Red Tail P51

Red-Tail P51 at the Palm Springs Air Museum, 24 July 2017. Nikon D810 with Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 at f/3.5 hand-held at 1/4 at ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © JPG file.

 

ERCO Ercoupe

ERCO Ercoupe at the Palm Springs Air Museum, 24 July 2017. Nikon D810 with Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 at f/3.5 hand-held at 1/4 at ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © JPG file.

 

Ryan at the Palm Springs Air Museum

Ryan in the Flying Boxcar at the Palm Springs Air Museum, 24 July 2017. Nikon D810 with Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 at f/3.5 hand-held at 1/4 at ISO 400, Perfectly Clear. bigger.

 

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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.

 

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This is a full frame FX lens, and I'm reviewing it as such.

The fisheye effect is much less pronounced on DX cameras. For best results on DX, use the 10.5mm DX or ideally the new 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E.

 

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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.

 

Specifications

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Name

Nikon calls this the Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5.

NIKKOR is Nikon's brand name for all their lenses.

 

Optics

8 elements in 5 groups.

Unit focus.

 

Diaphragm

Nikon 16mm f/3.5 Fisheye

Nikon 16mm f/3.5 at f/5.6. bigger.

7 blades.

Stops down to f/22.

 

Angle of View

170º diagonal on FX and 35mm.

101º diagonal on DX.

 

Focus Scale

Yes.

Focus ring rotates 160.º

 

Infinity Focus Stop

Yes.

 

Depth of Field Scale

Yes.

 

Infrared Focus Index

Yes.

 

Close Focus

1 foot (0.3 meters).

 

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:13.4 (0.075 ×).

 

Filters

Three internal filters selected with a lever.

 

Hood

None, just the protective ridges seen above.

 

Caps

Nikon 16mm f/3.5 Fisheye 64K cap

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.

 

Case

Optional CL-31, No.54 or CP-1.

 

Size

2.68" maximum diameter × 2.01" extension from flange.

68 mm maximum diameter × 51 mm extension from flange.

 

Weight

11.6 oz. (330 g).

 

Quality

Made in Japan.

 

Announced

1973.

 

Price, USA

$ xx, July 2017, if you know How to Win at eBay

$400 used in August 2013.

 

 

Performance

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Overall   Manual Focus   Breathing   Bokeh   Coma  

Distortion   Ergonomics   Exposure   Eyeblow

Falloff   Filters  Finder   Flare & Ghosts   Flash   Frame Rates   High ISOs   

Auto ISO   Auto White Balance

Image Quality  Lateral Color Fringes    Macro   Maximum & Minimum Apertures

Mechanics   Noise & Vibration

Quiet Mode   Sharpness   Spherochromatism  Stabilization   Sunstars  Teleconverters 

Tripod Collar  Vibration Reduction   Zooming    Movies   

Top LCD   Rear LCD   Playback   Data   Power & Battery   Clock Accuracy

 

Overall

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Manual Focus

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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

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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

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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).

 

Distortion

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Ergonomics

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Exposure

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Falloff

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Falloff on FX and 35mm is minor at f/3.5, mostly gone at f/5.6 and gone by f/8.

 

Filters

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Nikon 16mm f/3.5 Fisheye Filters

No Filter: Palm Springs Air Museum, 24 July 2017. Nikon D810 with Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 at f/11 at 1/250 at ISO 100. bigger

 

Nikon 16mm f/3.5 Fisheye Filters

Y48 Yellow Filter: Palm Springs Air Museum, 24 July 2017. Nikon D810 with Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 at f/11 at 1/250 at ISO 100. bigger.

 

Nikon 16mm f/3.5 Fisheye Filters

O56 Orange Filter: Palm Springs Air Museum, 24 July 2017. Nikon D810 with Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 at f/11 at 1/250 at ISO 100. bigger.

 

Nikon 16mm f/3.5 Fisheye Filters

R60 Red Filter: Palm Springs Air Museum, 24 July 2017. Nikon D810 with Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 at f/11 at 1/125 at ISO 100. bigger.

 

Flare & Ghosts

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Lateral Color Fringes

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There are no color fringes as shot on Brand cameras, which by default correct for any that may be there.

 

Macro

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It gets close, but because it's so wide it doesn't look that way:

Nikon 16mm f/3.5 Fisheye

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:

Nikon 16mm f/3.5 Fisheye

1,200 × 900 pixel crop from above. bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display full resolution images properly).

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).

 

Mechanical Quality

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Nikon 16mm f/3.5 Fisheye

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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.

 

Hood

Solid anodized alloy.

 

Front Bumper

None.

 

Filter Threads

None.

 

Front Barrel

Anodized and enameled aluminum.

 

Focus Ring

Rubber-covered metal.

 

Focus Helicoids

Feels like brass: smooth and silky with no play or need for damping grease.

 

Depth-of-Field Scale

Engraved into barrel and filled with different colors of paint.

 

Aperture Ring

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).

 

Internals

All metal!

 

Moisture Seal at Mount

No.

 

Mount

Dull chromed metal.

 

Markings

All engraved and filled with paint.

 

Date Code

None found.

 

Noises When Shaken

Very mild clicking.

 

Made in

Japan.

 

Sharpness

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The only limitation to picture sharpness will be your skill as a photographer.

 

Image Stabilization

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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.

 

Sunstars

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With a classic 7-bladed diaphragm, it makes classic 14-pointed Sunstars on brilliant points of light.

 

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Don't use this on a DX camera. Use the 10.5mm DX Fisheye instead. On DX, this 16mm lens isn't really much of a fisheye.

 

 

 

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