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NikonAF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens
 
4.9

(based on 131 reviews)

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    (115)

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    (14)

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    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (95)
  • Lightweight (90)
  • Consistent output (67)
  • Easily interchangeable (65)
  • Strong construction (65)

Cons

  • Difficult to clean (4)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (86)
  • Weddings (43)
  • Low light (38)
  • Night photography (36)
  • Sports/action (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (42), Photo enthusiast (32), Pro photographer (32), Semi-professional (6), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (92), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nikon Fullframe fisheye is a WOW! lens

Some lenses are simply fun to even look through -- let alone take pictures with. And the Nikon 16mm f2.8D Autofocus is squarely in that category: FUN! Unlike earlier fisheyes that produced circular...Read complete review

Some lenses are simply fun to even look through -- let alone take pictures with. And the Nikon 16mm f2.8D Autofocus is squarely in that category: FUN! Unlike earlier fisheyes that produced circular images, the fullframe version does what its name implies -- it fills the frame, from top to bottom, left to right and the corners. The resulting image is stretched into the corners, and if you want to center to be undistorted, you must hold the camera absolutely level. Used properly, and it takes an FX-format body to take full advantage, it essentially captures just about everything in front of you. I used it the other day to photograph the western horizon criss-crossed with multiple contrails, using it in a newspaper to illustrate the science behind condensation creating ice crystals at high altitudea and to introduce the concept of the adiapatic lapse rate as a function of temperature change. In other uese, you can crowd in closely with a group anc create a sense of intimacy -- hold it at arm's length ofer a group of just-victorius football players and you can feel the excitement. Shoot from the foul line under the basket and the resulting photo is a "6th man's" viewpoint. The Nikon lens is typical of its brand -- sharp, extremely well made and professional quality. But it is small, light and unobtrusive. Depth of field is from inches to infinity at f/11. It's a special use optic -- but when you need a wide field -- it delivers. BTW - It's wider than the 14mm end of the 14-24mm.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Jury Is Still Out

I got this lens for a different look of images to go into my portfolio of images... and that different look it offers. If i would have had to do it again I...Read complete review

I got this lens for a different look of images to go into my portfolio of images... and that different look it offers. If i would have had to do it again I probably would have spent a little more and got the 14-24 f2.8 Personally I like the straight lines over the fisheye's curved lines.

Pros:
small, light and quick focus. unique look and definable fisheye look

Cons:
more of a novelty lens, only a couple of shots per session is what i use this for.

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5.0

Looking for a different look?

By EPNAC

from Washington DC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Expo
    • Tradeshow Floor

    Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

    I use this lens when I shot concert type of vents and Expo floors / Tradeshows. A lot of time I will put my camera on a monopod with the 16mm with a wireless remote and click away. The clients love the look, it is something they are not use to seeing.

    I think this lens is a great value for sure. Not priced to high. The images are super clear, the lens is small and easy to pack in my camera bag.

    I highly recommend this lens for the right content.

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    5.0

    Great lens for artistic shots

    By fillbox

    from Albuquerque, NM

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

      I wasn't sure how much I would use Nikon's 16mm fisheye lens, but it is now one of my favorite lenses and use it for many different effects. Great lens for artistic and everyday use!

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      5.0

      Fantastic Lens But Not 180° Field of View

      By Gumshoe009

      from Washington State

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

        I am amazed that so many reviews here refer to the 180° field of view that Nikon touts in their literature regarding this lens. There are many sample images in these reviews that prove the field of view is NOT 180° but rather approx. 165° which is nothing to be disappointed with. One of the samples in these reviews, an image of the White House, clearly shows the angle of view is less than 180°. Having said this, I will state without reservations that this is an outstanding lens that opens up many creative possibilities. Here is more food for thought: This lens can be used with a Canon full frame camera using a Fotodiox conversion ring and obtain full frame coverage. I have used this lens with a Canon 5DS R with outstanding results and it is much lighter and one third the cost of Canon's new 11-24mm lens and wider coverage too. You will be truly amazed by the endless possibilities with this lens.

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        4.0

        Nice lens

        By Old Marine

        from Wilmington, NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

          I do not like the aperture interface with my D800, and wish they had invested a little more in building a lens that offered full automatic aperture adjustment as I have on every other lens.

          That said, everything else about the lens is first class. It has a fast, quiet, accurate focus and is very lightweight.

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          5.0

          Otra manera de ver el mundo

          By Tottó Avilés

          from Guayaquil, Ecuador

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

            Excelente para dar más variedad a las fotos de cualquier sesión en exteriores o interiores.

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            5.0

            AMAZING!

            By Pic Chick

            from Irving, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

              Just returned from Crater Lake NP and Redwoods SP/NP. I used the lens with my D750 with great results! I highly recommend this lens for anyone who has thought about adding a fisheye lens to their repertoire.

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              5.0

              Beautiful lens

              By Lindsey

              from Portland, ME

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                As wedding photographers, we were looking for a fisheye to add to our gear bag. Just used this at a wedding and it was exactly what we needed to bring a different perspective to to the reception part of the evening.

                Don't skimp on your glass and go for this lens!

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                5.0

                very good

                By Armando O

                from Panama

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                good sharpness and focus speed.

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                5.0

                A must have lens for doing events

                By brianric

                from Pennsville, NJ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                  I'm a volunteer charity event photographer and have had way to many times where I cannot get what I want in one shot because the sheer number of people coupled by the fact that I can't back up far enough. I've already used the lens at three recent events for about 10% of my shots. I realize there are times distortion will show in a shot, but I like the effect, and bottom line, getting the shot is what counts. I no longer use my 14-24 when I'm in an outdoor event. I was surprised how flare resistant this lens is. My only drawback on this lens is I can't use a flash outdoors because of the 180 degree of view. Took awhile to break myself out of the habit of having my fingers near the focusing ring. This is my first "D" lens, where the focus ring moves when focusing in auto focus. Wish I bought this lens years ago.

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                  4.0

                  Nice Specialty Lens

                  By Patrick

                  from Westland, MI

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                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                    This is a lens that I always have in my bag because I never really know when I might need the extreme angle of view. This lens is really something that I utilize for landscapes mostly, but anytime the story may require this type of look, I pull it out and give it a try. You do need to make sure that you are compact with this lens when shooting. I now have in my collection a few shots of fingers and toes that did not get tucked in. :) It is lightweight and as shown, has the shade attached. It cannot use any filters, so you need to make sure you keep the front element clean if shooting starbursts or you will have plenty of UFO's (Unidentified Flaring Objects). Overall, I like this lens and have been happy with the results.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    A+ Fisheye Lens for Nikon FX

                    By Dan

                    from Denver, CO

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Loose Lens Cap

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                      Super crisp
                      Beautiful wide coverage
                      Fast focusing

                      The lens cap fits loosely, so you may have to improvise a way to securely keep it on the lens. I've lost my lens cap for this lens and had to order a replacement after owning it for less than a week.

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                      5.0

                      I would buy t his lens again.

                      By Art

                      from Stocibridge, GA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                        This is a great wide-angle lens, with approximately 180 degrees capture on the horizontal. So far I am very well pleased with it. Lightweight, and sturdy build. Distortion nothing that cannot be corrected in Lightroom. Clarity appears to be very good corner to corner.

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                        5.0

                        I love the effect of a fisheye lens.

                        By Bobby

                        from Philly

                        Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                        Now that I have a full-frame sensor camera (Nikon D610), I needed to upgrade my DX fisheye lens. I took side-by-side shots with each version, using my D610, and the improvement realized by using the new, FX version, was noticible.

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                        5.0

                        Fisheye!

                        By Cameron

                        from San Rafael, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Tough To Attach

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                        Loved it from the first shot! Bumped into a guy with a D800 when I was eating lunch last week. Asked him if he wanted to try it. He said sure so we exchanged lenses for a few minutes. He though it was cool too.

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                        5.0

                        Best Fisheye

                        By CVAmarketer

                        from York, NE

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Video

                          Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                          I love all of the wonderful shots this lens has to offer. We are using it for video too!

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                          5.0

                          Powerful len

                          By Bao Nguyen

                          from Las Vegas

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                              It is so powerful len, you can creat artful distortion with this.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Fabulous lens for landscapes!

                              By JD

                              from New York

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Loose lens hood

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Night Photography
                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                              After a familiarization period I took this lens on vacation to the desert. the shots were breathtaking and perspectives take on a whole new world when you are in canyons versus in open landscapes. Horizon perspectives can easily be modified. The lens took distortion free photos of stars and the milky way. I keep this lens close for pretty much any outdoor shooting now. One con - had to put tape in the lens hood to keep the hood on. Nikon has to fix this minor but irritating issue.

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                              5.0

                              My Dream Lens

                              By Anand Arts

                              from Hackensack NJ

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                                I was long waiting to have this lens for my wedding photography. The result is amazing, superb and sharp. Now I am confident to work my wedding photography with dramatic effects. Already my customers impressed.

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                                5.0

                                Great landscape lens

                                By luv2wander

                                from Atlanta

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                                  I have lots of fun shooting with this lens especially at the ocean and small half moon bays.

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Simple and solid

                                  By the judge

                                  from South Bend, IN

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens:

                                    Easy to use. Lots of fun for exaggerated kids' features.

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                                    • No

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