Photos Taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye Lens

Here's a collection of photos I've taken with the Nikon 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye lens to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.
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The images that Nikon’s 16mm f/2.8D fisheye lens produces can be dramatic and punchy. Its ultra-wide-angle viewpoint crams a lot of information inside the frame and adds a lot of the distinctive fisheye distortion.

With a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8, it’s fast enough to work well in low-light interiors. And it’s a lot smaller and lighter than something like the Nikon 14-24mm—so much so that it can make a real difference in putting together a lightweight travel kit. It’s small enough just to throw in the bag without having to displace something else. Overall, it’s a very appealing package, and I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how useful I’ve found it.

I have a detailed review of the Nikon 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye Lens here. The photos below go along with that review.

Sample Images taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye Lens

Here’s a collection of photos I’ve taken with the Nikon 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye lens to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.

The lens’s shooting data is under each photo, and if you’d like a closer look, click on an image to open a full-size version.

Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/4.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/3.2.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/4. The lens came in very handy here in a very tight space of a zodiac charging through icy waters in Antarctica. We were zipping along at full speed, and the light was fading, but I was still able to get a shot.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/4. The natural curvature of the lens can help accentuate the natural curves in a circular space like the main hall of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8. The wide aperture and wide focal length combine well to enable hand-held shots where a longer focal length might not such as this shot of London’s Tower Bridge at dusk.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/5.6.
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and ƒ / 2.8.
Main Hall of the Science Museum in London
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and ƒ / 2.8.
The Great Court of the British Museum
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and ƒ / 8.0.
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and ƒ / 3.5.
Polar Sea Ice
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and ƒ / 11.
Washington National Cathedral Apse Mosaic by Philip Frohman Called Resurrection
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and ƒ / 2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/8.0.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/5.6.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/5.6. For this shot of the bridge of a ship in Antarctica, I wanted to include some of the icebergs in the channel we were navigating through along with the inside of the bridge.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8. The distortion can be useful. This shot shows off the scarred heat shield on the belly of the Space Shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/4.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/6.3.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/5.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/4.5.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/4.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/7.1. So long as you get the horizon in the center, it is possible to get straight horizons. But the further away from the center the more pronounced is the bowing.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/3.2.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8. Winston Churchill’s wartime bedroom and office in the Churchill War Rooms in London is both a tight space and dimly lit but has a lot of interesting information on the walls to capture.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/11.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/3.2.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/5.6.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/3.2.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/5.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/5.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/5.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/8.0.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/4.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/2.8.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/5.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/8.0.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/8.0.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/5.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/4.5. Low light in the courtyard of Istanbul’s New Mosque. Hand held.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/5.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16mm and f/3.5.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/11. This shot, taken of royal barges at Istanbul’s Naval Museum, demonstrates how the barrel distortion is strongest away from the center of the frame. If you keep the horizon in the center of the frame you can get it straight. The more you tilt away from the center of the frame, the strong the bend.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/5.6.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/3.2.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/5.6.
Nikon 16mm f2.8 Fisheye Sample Images
Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16mm and f/4.

Where to Buy

You can find the Nikon 16mm ƒ/2.8D at B&H Photo, Adorama, and Amazon. If you’re after a used copy, you can often find them at big used-gear sellers like KEH.

They’re also available to rent at LensProToGo.

Accessories for the Nikon 16mm ƒ/2.8D Fisheye Lens

Filters. Because of the curved front element, this lens doesn’t take traditional screw-in filters. Instead, it uses dedicated drop-in filters at the rear bayonet. It comes with four filters included: L37 UV, 056 Orange, A2 Amber, B2 Blue.

Lens Hood. The petal-shaped lens hood is permanently attached to this lens. It helps a little with lens flare from light sources nearly 90 degrees to the lens, but it helps even more with protecting the front glass element from scratches and damage.

Case. It comes with a soft pouch. You can order a replacement part–it’s model number CL-0715–or use pretty much any small lens pouch or case.

Front Lens Cap. The front lens cap is a slip-on cover rather than a more common snap-on filter. It’s a 61mm slip-on front lens cover.

Rear Lens Cap. It uses a standard Nikon F-mount rear lens cap (model LF-4).

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