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. And it’s much smaller than the Nikon 8-15mm fisheye, which, although an excellent fisheye lens, is much larger and heavier.
Overall, this 16mm ƒ/2.8D fisheye is a very appealing package, and I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how useful I’ve found it. It’s a lens I keep pretty much constantly on-hand when I’m traveling.
If you’re after a used copy, you can often find them at big used-gear sellers like KEH and eBay. (NB: In some of the used listings, you might see an AI-S version. That one is manual focus. The “D” version that I’m discussing here is autofocus.)
Accessories for the Nikon 16mm ƒ/2.8D Fisheye Lens
Filters. Because of the curved front element, this lens doesn’t take traditional screw-on filters, which is a pretty standard limitation of fisheye lenses. 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.
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