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Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D

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#1 Dallas


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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:04

Have you used this lens? If so, let others know what you thought about it by summarising your experiences as a reply to this thread.

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#2 Ann


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Posted 06 December 2009 - 15:27

I have it and have been delighted with it.

It is remarkably small and light but performs brilliantly. (It even netted me a POTW!)

You can use the Hemi Photoshop plug-in to "de-Fish" images if you want to and thus avoid making people near the edge of the shot visually gain 200lbs (as they do if you photograph a scene like that with regular rectilinear wide-angle lens like the 14 - 24 mm).

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 13:22

It's a very fun lens, and it's daaaamn sharp.  use it a lot for my concert photography w/ my D700.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 13:45

I've had it for a couple of years (replacing the 10.5 when I moved to FX from DX).

I always carry it in my bag or pack, and use it constantly. Can't think of the last time I went on a shoot and didn't use it, in fact.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 14:09

I have had this lens ever since I purchased my D3. It is well-built and sharp. No plastic parts in the lens body.

I have the 10.5 for DX bodies as well so one fisheye is always in the bag wherever I go.

I have the Hemi plugin for Photoshop for the situations where "a fishy look" is not desired. It works reasonably well in controlled situations (i.e. one needs to figure out where to put all horizontal or parallel lines when composing the picture).


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Posted 13 March 2010 - 15:33

Built like a tank.  Not a big user in my bag (feel ashamed from above comments that its not).  Lens cap needs to be replaced with a lenscoat Hoodie.

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#7 gsandberg


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Posted 13 March 2010 - 16:59

I have had one for ages, even added a coupling prong for my pre 1977 bodies.
I chose the af-d version over the ai-s only for the matrix metering CPU, the AF feature seems rather useless to me.
Its image quality beats the 6 2.8 fish-eye hands-down.
(I admit I have not been able to compare the two, for lack of availablility, grin)
Regards, Gilbert

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 20:00

Very sharp, well made, small and surprisingly useful. I have the AFD version, and this thread has reminded me to get it out more often  :)

Here's one where I tried to manage the horizontals...

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and a crop of the boat....

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 00:36

i bought mine after hearing the rumors of FX. it was one of the first lenses i tried out when i got my D3. as the others have stated, it's sharp with good contrast. i haven't used it as much as i would like to because i haven't mastered wide angle (still!) and the fisheye distortion. but it is fun on those instances that i have used it.

one piece of advice: watch out for your feet, the FOV is so wide that you can accidentally photograph them.


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#10 Ann


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 00:43

Zoomer mentioned that

Lens cap needs to be replaced with a lenscoat Hoodie.

The provided lens cap does slip-off rather easily but lining it with self-stick velvet (the kind that is sold for replacing light-trapping in film cameras) firms up the fit and I haven't lost mine …… YET ……!

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 02:26

I don't have the D version, instead I have the manual focus AIS version. But this lens never disappoints!

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 02:38

Amazing ulrawide lens with excellent center sharpness and contrast, though a little soft at corners. I really love it. I am selling mine on FM 's trading post: http://www.fredmiran...m/topic/968502/

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 07:42

I found a well priced one on KEH and it's waiting to replace the 10.5mm when I move to FX. Currently seeing use on an FE2. Like all fisheyes it's difficult to use well. ie composition not technically.

@stm: strange, my plastic cap stays on tight on my AIS version. Guess it's manufacturing tolerances.

@mshi: love the first three. great use of a fisheye where the distortion adds to the composition and not just novelty effect.


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Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:33

Always been a favorite of mine. Very sharp and contrasty and very useful. Like all fisheyes the look can get old after a while, the main reason why I don't own the lens. I work in a camera store and I borrow the lens when I need it and never not once has it failed to disappoint. If you will use the lens more than a few times a year for what you do pick one up otherwise maybe rent it from time to time.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:14

I purchased a new copy of this lens as a potential replacement for my 16/2.8 AiS. In my observation my sample of this lens was optically superior to my 16/2.8 AiS...with one caveat(see below). Unfortunately, when I operated the manual focus ring on the brand new AF 16/2.8D, the image in the finder noticeably juddered from side to side. Unacceptable. This effect did not occur when using AF, only manual focus. I'll examine another copy at some point, and simultaneously hope that Zeiss will offer a FF Fisheye in the future.
Keith B.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 19:27

Absolute razorsharp lens. Fun to work with. Some examples from my Iceland trip 2011:

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