Nikon 8-15mm

FX AF-S f/3.5-4.5E ED Zoom Fisheye

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Nikon 8-15mm

Nikon 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED (rear slot for filters, 17.2 oz./485g, 0.5'/0.16m close focus, about $1,247) bigger. I'd get mine at Adorama, at Amazon, at B&H or at Crutchfield.

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This Nikon 8-15mm fisheye covers full-frame cameras. On full-frame it lets us show anything from a full circle fisheye view floating in a sea of black, to zooming-in to fill the entire frame with a view that covers 180º from corner to corner.

It works on DX, but we won't be able to zoom far enough out to get the full circle to fit in the frame.

This is the same as the Canon 8-15mm, at which you can see sample images.

 

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It has a new electronic diaphragm; that's the "E" designation.

It works on all FX Nikons, and works well on DX Nikons introduced since about 2007.

It won't work properly on older DSLRs or any 35mm camera; they won't be able to work with the electronic diaphragm and will only shoot wide-open.

Since fisheyes have almost unlimited depth of field, there isn't that much wrong with shooting wide open, so go ahead and shoot it on older cameras if you like. Even on a 1959 Nikon F you can focus manually and shoot wide open.

It won't work with any of the Nikon 1 series (even with the FT1 Mount Adapter) or Pronea cameras — but who cares?

See Nikon Lens Compatibility for more.

 

Nikon 8-15mm

Nikon 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED. bigger.

 

Specifications

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Name

Nikon calls this the Nikon AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED.

    AF-S and SWM: Silent Wave Autofocus Motor.

    Fisheye: Crazy curved-image special effect lens.

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

    E: Electronic diaphragm. Silent operation, but only works with cameras introduced since about 2007.

    ED: Magic Extra-low Dispersion glass for reduced secondary chromatic aberration.

Also has:

    D: Couples distance information to the Matrix Meter.

    IF: Internal focusing; nothing moves externally as focused.

    Aspherical: Specially curved glass elements for sharper pictures.

    Nano Crystal Coat (N): Magic anti-reflection coating that has a variable index of refraction that's far more effective against ghosts and internal reflections than traditional multicoating.

 

Optics

Nikon 8-15mm construction

Nikon 8-15mm internal construction. Aspherical and ED elements.

15 elements in 13 groups.

2 aspherical elements.

3 ED extra low dispersion elements.

Nano Crystal coating.

Fluorine coatings to repel dirt and fingerprints.

Nikon's claimed MTF charts show super sharpness:

Nikon 8-15mm MTF

Nikon 8-15mm MTF at 8mm.

 

Nikon 8-15mm MTF

Nikon 8-15mm MTF at 15mm.

 

Diaphragm

7 rounded blades.

Stops down to f/22-29.

 

Focal Length

8-15mm.

At 8mm, makes a circular image with black sides covering 180º in every direction on FX.

At 8mm, fills part of the DX frame with black corners.

At 11mm (the dash on the zoom ring), fills the entire DX frame with a 180º diagonal view.

At 15mm, fills the entire FX frame with a 175º diagonal view.

 

Angle of View

180º

 

Autofocus

Internal focus: no external movement as focussed, so no air or dust is sucked in.

 

Focus Scale

Yes.

 

Infinity Focus Stop

No.

 

Depth of Field Scale

No.

 

Infrared Focus Index

No.

 

Close Focus

0.5 feet (0.16 meters).

 

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:2.9 (0.34 ×).

 

Filters

Rear slot.

 

Hood

HB-80 bayonet.

 

Case

CL-1218.

 

Size

3.05" maximum diameter ×3.27" extension from flange.

77.5 mm maximum diameter × 83.0 mm extension from flange.

 

Weight

Nikon specifies 17.2 oz. (485g).

 

Announced

12:01 AM, 31 May 2017, NYC time.

 

Promised for

June 2017.

 

Included

Lens.

Special LC-K102 slip-on front cap.

Standard LF-4 rear cap.

HB-80 bayonet hood.

CL-1218 case.

 

Nikon's Model Number

20066.

 

Price, USA

$1,247, May 2017.

 

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Versus Nikon Fisheyes

Nikon's 8mm f/2.8 fisheyes do the same thing and they are faster, but much bigger, more expensive and don't zoom. This new lens most likely has superior optics.

Nikon's oldest 8mm f/8 and 7.5mm f/5.8 mirror-up fisheyes are smaller, but much harder to find. You have to lock (or push) the mirror up to use them, or adapt them to mirrorless cameras.

Nikon's 16mm f/2.8 AF fisheye, as well as the very similar but older manual-focus 16mm f/2.8 and oldest 16mm f/3.5, are all from film days. None of them will be as sharp as this lens on the sides, but they are smaller and have protected front elements much less likely to be damaged in actual use compared to all the other ones.

Nikon's 10.5mm is for DX cameras only. It covers 180º diagonally and fills the entire rectangular image. It's your best best for a DX camera, but its AF system only works with Nikon's better DX cameras.

 

Versus Canon

The Canon 8-15mm is very much the same, just made a little more nicely and of course fits Canon, not Nikon, cameras.

 

Versus Tokina

The Tokina 10-17mm zoom fisheye was the first of this kind. It only works on DX cameras, and never goes circular. Oddly it lets you zoom-into a rectangular image for less-distorted effects than either the Nikon or Canon 8-15mm lenses.

 

Recommendations

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Finally Nikon has a modern fisheye for its modern cameras.

I've owned fisheye lenses since the 1970s. I've never found much to do with them creatively that says anything other than "look at me, I bought a fisheye lens."

Fisheye lenses are very, very difficult to use well. Their best application is to use sparingly inside very large train stations and theatres, or in downtown Manhattan shooting buildings.

I'd get mine at Amazon or at B&H.

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