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Sigma15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens for Nikon AF
 
4.7

(based on 40 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (28)
  • Lightweight (25)
  • Consistent output (19)
  • Strong construction (17)
  • Easily interchangeable (16)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Low light (16)
  • Night photography (8)
  • Weddings (8)
  • Macro photography (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (10), 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

XCLNT! LENZ

By Jack Custoe

from New York City

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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                      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

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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

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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

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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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                              5.0

                              Perfect fisheye for FX Nikon

                              By Gug Underwater

                              from Fort Lauderdale, FL

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                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography

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

                                Up until recently, I was using only DX cameras/leses for one single reason - I shoot fisheye 95% of the time (I'm a full-time underwater pro shooter), and I wanted to continue using the Tokina 10-17, which is the ultimate for underwater. I got the D800E, and decided to pair it up with the Nikon 14-24, but outside the center, it had terrible sharpness when wider than f14, plus its minimum focus distance was too far off the lens. So I got this Sigma 15, and its got far fewer issues with corner sharpness (f5.6 and smaller is perfectly acceptable) and the minimum focus distance is comparable to the Tokina 10-17 that I was so reluctant to give up. I just got done with a few days of shooting underwater, and love the results. Corners are great, AF speed was acceptable, vignetting is not noticable at all, and without uber-detail scrutinizing at 1600% magnification, it looks like the resolving power is fine for the 36MP D800. So yeah, I'd like the zoom capibility of the DX sized Tokina 10-17, but despite that, I'm quite happy with this lens, and will end up sig it much more often that the Nikon 14-24.

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                                5.0

                                Fun affordable fisheye

                                By Pro Nature Photo

                                from Seattle, WA

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                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Distortion

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography

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

                                •good lens for night photography and unique perspectives
                                •closest focus for a fisheye I've found
                                •distortion is strong so be ready for it

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                                5.0

                                Must have Fisheye Lens

                                By WJ

                                from San Jose, CA

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  This full time auto focus is quite the deal.

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                                  5.0

                                  A deal by a wide margin

                                  By Buffalo

                                  from Lopez WA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  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 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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