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Sigma15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF
 
4.6

(based on 44 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (31)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Consistent output (20)
  • Strong construction (18)
  • Easily interchangeable (17)

Cons

  • Difficult to clean (3)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (24)
  • Low light (18)
  • Weddings (9)
  • Night photography (8)
  • Macro photography (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (10)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A deal by a wide margin

I am using this lens on a D700 and lovin it. I shoot a lot of performance and people shots and I have always shot wide. I had a Tokina 11-16* for...Read complete review

I am using this lens on a D700 and lovin it. I shoot a lot of performance and people shots and I have always shot wide. I had a Tokina 11-16* for my D300 but when I switched to the D700 my 17-35 Nikon(my basic lens) wasn't always wide enough. This lens is fun and sharp. It will focus almost twice a close as the Nikon 16mm and is solid, a oz. heavier. I didn't know if I wanted to try this lens or not with all the reviews from D700 shooters complaining about the lens not being full frame. When I ordered it I realized they hadn't removed both pieces of the lens cover. The cover will come off as one piece or two, a little wierd but saves you a buncha extra bucks. Buy this lens if you are shopping for a diagonal fish eye.*By the way that Tokina f2.8 11-16 is a great lens for you DX photogs. I got mine used from B&H.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

NOT AS EXPECTED

The lens just did not do what I expected on my full format Nikon D700s. Perhaps the fault was mearly in my expectations. However it also seems very light weight in construction compared to...Read complete review

The lens just did not do what I expected on my full format Nikon D700s. Perhaps the fault was mearly in my expectations. However it also seems very light weight in construction compared to my other Nikon lenses. The pull off ring required for the lens cap was cumbersome when I am dealing with multiple lenses and cameras.

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5.0

Great lens

By Mart Cheval

from Montreal

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Show
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

    Very very satisfied. Very fast lens, work very great.

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    4.0

    Nice Lens

    By Simone

    from Coastal Alabama

    Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

    Good performance. I usually purchase Nikon glass but chose this lens to go with an Aquatica Underwater Housing due to smaller size and therefore smaller port size for the housing. Took it for a test shoot today. Happy with it.

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    5.0

    One love lens in my bag.

    By LBCupertino

    from Cupertino

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

      I use this lens for landscape wedding.

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      4.0

      Fun lens

      By Paul C

      from Boston

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

        I always wanted to try out a fisheye so I rented the Sigma lens and I liked it enough that I bought one. It's small, lightweight, auto focusses well and it's sharp enough. You wouldn't likely use this as your every-day walking around lens, but the unique perspective a fisheye gives opens up some interesting creative possibilities. It's fun to make those prototypical bulging pictures of people and things - for about the first hour. The real fun begins after that, when you can use the fact that straight lines going through the center of the lens stay straight, to get some landscape and interior shots that otherwise couldn't be done. You can get really close with this lens, and it is so wide that pretty much everything in the frame is in focus on most shots. You do have to be careful to keep your feet out of the frame and watch how you hold the lens so you keep your fingers out of the frame, too. 15mm is pretty wide. It's also critical to make sure the camera is dead-level (or whatever other angle you are trying to achieve) because of the nature of the fisheye distortion - straightening out the horizon later doesn't produce the same result as shooting level. There is a learning curve to using a fisheye, and I'm still learning. I've gotten some pretty good results "de-fishing" the images using the Fisheye-Hemi plugin and PT Lens. All in all, an enjoyable addition to my toolkit. Glad I bought it.

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        5.0

        XCLNT! LENZ

        By Jack Custoe

        from New York City

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

            On full frame dslr this is a true fishy fisheye! Slightly softer than the Nikon 14-24 zoom but the tradeoff being the great clichéd perspective

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            5.0

            Does what it is advertised to do

            By Tony

            from Cary, NC

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            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                Excellent images with this lens. Priced right.

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                5.0

                Love this lens!

                By Stwo

                from NYC

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                  Everything I was looking for... and super affordable

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                  5.0

                  It's a wide, wide world!

                  By The PhotosWork guy

                  from Houston, Texas

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Build Quality Seems Good
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • Can't Use Uv Protection

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                  Before going 100% digital I shot Nikon F5 35mm film camera. I had a full complement of Nikkors including the 16mm 2.8 fisheye. When I went digital it was the APS-C cropped sensor that made the fisheye pretty much useless. So I sold it. Now, I am once more full frame with a D600 and D610. I wanted another fisheye and since it won't get the hard use of my other lenses and based on the B&H sales person's recommendation, I went with the Sigma which is considerably less expensive. As has been my long-time experience with B&H, the sales person was correct that the images are comparable to the Nikon. I am not suggesting that the Nikon and Sigma would be equal on an optical test bench. I am saying that in "real-world" photography, I don't see much of a difference. The Sigma is sharp, fast, and has the distortion you would expect of a fisheye lens. Some of that is mitigated by keeping the horizon centered in the frame. It is a fun lens and is surprisingly handy for candids in, say, a crowded space.

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                  4.0

                  very nice

                  By Saxaphoto

                  from Sunnyvale, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                    I like it so far, but you have to love fisheyes and know how to take advantage of them. I found it nice for doing midnight panoramas and stitching them together. Lightroom will also do some corrections to make the pictures rectilinear, but you also have to keep in mind the angle at which you hold the lens is *way* more important than a longer lens. i.e., sometimes you also need to do vertical adjustments in lightroom as well. But this is typical of wide/fisheye, not of this particular product.

                    The lightness is really nice as well!

                    It *IS* difficult to focus on stars, however, due to the wideness. This again is a problem with the focal length, not the product.

                    It can also be nice for macro-like pictures as the focus distance is pretty short.

                    I will probably still eventually buy a rectilinear prime or zoom that will take filters. (This one doesn't.)

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                    5.0

                    Surprisingly sharp!!! Worth the $$$

                    By DPsharpeyes

                    from Los Angeles, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                      Very sharp... Interesting bokeh at 2.8

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                      5.0

                      Sigma 15mm Fisheye

                      By YneGrwr

                      from Cloverdale, Calif.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Special Effects

                        Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                        This is a fun little lens to play around with. I'm impressed with the sharpness. I had expected softer edges. So far seems built solid.

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                        4.0

                        Excellent choice for UW full frame

                        By Dan the rebreather man

                        from Englewood, NJ

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                          I used to shoot underwater with the Tokina 10-17mm and the Nikon D300, but when I upgraded to the D800, this lens is the way to go. Recently on a month long cave dive trip, this lens performed flawlessly. I was shooting between f.8 and F.5.6, and the shots are incredibly sharp. While I miss the zoom capability of the 10-17mm, I recall I always had it set on max wide anyway. 15mm Sigma is the way to go underwater!

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                          5.0

                          Razor sharp

                          By gnagel

                          from Orland Park, IL

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                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                            Until this purchase, all of my lenses have been Nikon. I was hesitant to go with Sigma. But, nearly all of the reviews led me to believe that the Sigma fisheye was at least equal to the Nikon fisheye. After shooting with this lens for the past month or so, I am very impressed with it. It's razor sharp. And, it's small and light...very easy to bring along to every photo shoot. It has opened up a whole new world of creative compositions for my photography. Highly recommend.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome fisheye lens

                            By TrigPhotography

                            from Acushnet, MA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to Clean

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                            Excellent novelty lens. Perfect fisheye with amazing image quality.

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                            5.0

                            Perfect!!

                            By Felipe

                            from Denver, CO

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to Clean

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light

                            Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                            The Sigma 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye is excellent for Pano real estate pictures.

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                            5.0

                            Magnificent when you need to go wide!

                            By Bowtie

                            from Osaka, Japan

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Not So Crisp At The Edges

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                            When you need to go wide, this does it. I have taken shots of some tiny interior spaces that I could not have done with my 24mm.

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                            5.0

                            Right tool. Right price.

                            By Sportshooter guy

                            from Houston, Tx.

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                              If you need a 15mm 2.8, this fits the bill at a reasonable price. Build quality seems very high. IQ is very high at this price. Focus speed is is not fast, but doesn't need to be. For sports establishing shots and occasional wide specialty shots, this is the right lens at the right price. You can spend more, but no need to.

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                              5.0

                              A very well designed lens

                              By Terry

                              from Santa Clara, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Sharp
                              • Strong Construction
                              • Well built

                              Cons

                              • Difficult to Clean

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                              I am using this fisheye lens with my Nikon D800 and 35mm SLR. This Sigma 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens is very similar to Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens. Personally, I am not a big fan of Sigma lens. But I think this Sigma fisheye lens is as good as Nikon's if not better than. This lens is as sharp as Nikon's fisheye with a closer focus distance but less expensive than Nikon's 16mm fisheye. I especially like the front cap of this lens. It is far better designed than Nikon's fisheye lens. It is well attached to the front of the lens and very easy to take off. I would strongly recommend this lens.

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                              4.0

                              good value for the money

                              By crjonc

                              from Smithville, NJ

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                                  quality is decent

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                                  4.0

                                  Better than expected

                                  By EJPhoto.com

                                  from Chandler, AZ

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Good Image quality
                                  • Good value
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Chromatic abberation

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF:

                                    I purchased this lens for some specialty shots in my photo business. After doing the research on full frame fish-eyes I chose this one. The lens performs very well. it does has some strong chromatic aberation in the corners which is common for this type of lens; however, checking the box to remove CA in Photoshop CS6 and ACR completely eliminates it. Overall an excellent value.

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