FX AF-S f/3.5-4.5E ED Zoom Fisheye
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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.
It has a new electronic diaphragm; that's the "E" designation.
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.
See Nikon Lens Compatibility for more.
Nikon 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED. bigger.
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.
ED: Magic Extra-low Dispersion glass for reduced secondary chromatic aberration.
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.
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 at 8mm.
Nikon 8-15mm MTF at 15mm.
7 rounded blades.
Stops down to f/22-29.
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
Internal focus: no external movement as focussed, so no air or dust is sucked in.
Infinity Focus Stop
Depth of Field Scale
Infrared Focus Index
0.5 feet (0.16 meters).
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
1:2.9 (0.34 ×).
3.05" maximum diameter ×3.27" extension from flange.
77.5 mm maximum diameter × 83.0 mm extension from flange.
Nikon specifies 17.2 oz. (485g).
12:01 AM, 31 May 2017, NYC time.
Special LC-K102 slip-on front cap.
Standard LF-4 rear cap.
HB-80 bayonet hood.
Nikon's Model Number
$1,247, May 2017.
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 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.
The Canon 8-15mm is very much the same, just made a little more nicely and of course fits Canon, not Nikon, cameras.
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.
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.
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31 May 2017