Comparing 3 Nikkor 16mm fisheyes


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I have a special craving for these lenses, especially the older one, the f/3.5.
I compared an old f/3.5 non Ai, a f/2.8 Ais and the latest AF f/2.8D. I just wanted to know which one is the sharpest at center and border to decide once and for all which one will remain in my bag.


I used a Nikon Df on a tripod, with Aperture Priority. This is far from a complete and scientific test.

 

First batch are pictures of a map in my wall, with the camera placed 1m away from it, so focus may not be perfect. 100% crops from the center and upper left side, lens wide open and two other apertures (f/5.6 and f/8).
Second batch are from my window, lens at infinity and 100% crops from center and border (close). Only at f/5.6.

They are all in this sequence (older at the top, newer at bottom).
1- NIKKOR 16mm f/3.5 non AI
2- NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8 Ais
3- AF NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D

 

WIDE OPEN
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@f/5.6
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@f/8
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FOCUS AT INFINITY AND @ f/5.6
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      Last week I decided that I was going to take another risk. I put my remaining Nikon D700 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens up for sale. While I was doing that I checked out the shutter count on both cameras. The D700 had done just shy of 30,000 frames in almost 5 years. The OM-D had done over 18,000 frames in 15 months. Those numbers translate into 1200 shots a month with the OM-D versus 500 shots a month with the D700. More than double with Olympus. Any misgivings I had had up until that discovery flew right out the window because here was the bald faced truth in numbers that even the most inventive of statisticians could not argue with.
       
      A couple of days ago that D700 of mine went to a new home and yesterday so did the Nikon 24-70/2.8 (my most used Nikon lens). For the first time in nearly a decade I do not own a Nikon camera. I have since placed an order for the E-M1, the Olympus 12-40/2.8 and also the Olympus 75-300mm which I have been hearing very good things about. I will use it as a walk around 150-600mm equivalent until I get the 40-150/2.8 Oly next year. That will bring the total number of lenses I have for m43 up to 9, all of which can fit into a very small bag and which cost way less than the equivalent lenses for the F mount.
       
      Many people are asking me why I didn’t just hang onto my D700 and wait for Nikon to bring out something that would fit more with my needs. Some of them even call me crazy and shake their heads. I don’t care. The thing is I’ve been waiting for Nikon to bring out this mythical D700 replacement for many years. It ain’t happening. What has happened while I was waiting for Nikon to produce something that meant something to me though is that I have had a mind shift when it comes to what I need to work as a photographer. I don’t need the hassle of a big heavy system of bodies and lenses, nor do I need to “look the part” of being a pro photographer. It’s a pain having to drag heavy gear around with you all the time. All I need is the knowledge that the equipment I am using is capable of performing and right now I am very happy with the performance of the OM-D system and Olympus’ m43 lenses. They make me want to take my camera everywhere and that’s something I just haven’t ever wanted to do with my D700.

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    • By Kyle
      So over a month ago I vowed to "post more" from my mountain trip....one fixed keyboard later and a new CPU, here I am. Enjoy. 
       
       




    • By Andrew L (gryphon1911)
      I've dabbled a little with adapted lenses on my mirrorless cameras.  Those lenses have always been of the modern type.
       
      Bumbling into one of the local camera shops here in town, I started looking through the old Nikon lenses (AI/AIS).  With Nikon Df and adapted PEN-F in hand...I walked out of there with a Nikon 105/2.5
       
      The lens is just so much fun and easy to use on either camera.  That same day, even with the weather being as "meh" as it was, I got some good results and can see a lot more use of it for me.  Perhaps some additional dedicated manual focus lenses are in my future.
       
      Here is the lens.  Well worn on the outside, but the glass is in very good shape considering.  Focus ring is very smooth and aperture ring is tight and clicks nicely.

       
       

       
      A few samples from a walk around my neighborhood.  These are from a Fotodiox adapted PEN-F.
       

       

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