Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED Fisheye Zoom Lens Sample Images

Here’s a collection of sample images I’ve taken with the Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens to give a sense of its performance in real-world shooting.

Nikon AF-S 8-15mm Fisheye Lens Sample Images
Nikon AF-S 8-15mm Fisheye Lens Sample Images
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The Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens certainly isn’t for every situation. As a fisheye zoom lens, it’s very much a niche piece of kit. It’s not the only zoom fisheye out there—Canon has one similar (albeit with a constant maximum aperture), and there are a few other options available, even for Nikon mounts, but they’re few and far between and well outside the mainstream.

I’ve covered Nikon’s 16mm ƒ/2.8 fisheye lens for full-frame cameras and used Nikon’s 10.5mm ƒ/2.8 for DX cropped-sensor DSLRs. Both of those are prime lenses that create fisheye views that fill the frame.

Something that sets this lens apart from many other fisheye lenses, including Nikon’s other fisheye lenses, is the zoom. Zoomed in, it fills the entire frame. Zoomed out, it creates a full circular image in the center surrounded by black. I have some practical examples of the fisheye zoom range here.

If the frame-filling fisheye is a niche option, the zoomed-out circular fisheye is even more so. There are several examples of the zoom range below, and I’ve also posted some examples separately.

It’s also an autofocus lens—some of the other zoom fisheyes are manual focus.

I’ll be posting a detailed review of this lens shortly with many more details on using this lens and its performance. These sample images are designed to complement that review.

These were all taken with a Nikon D850. You can click on each image for a full-size version. They were all shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom, but I haven’t applied any post-processing optical corrections such as adding extra sharpness or reducing distortion, vignetting, or chromatic aberration.

Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
The text inscriptions at the top corners of the frame are still surprisingly sharp, even with a wide aperture. I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/5.6.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/10.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 8mm and ƒ/22.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 8mm and ƒ/13.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
Another good test of edge-to-edge sharpness, with some chromatic aberration magnets thrown in (the high-contrast windows along the top of the frame). I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/4.5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
A good illustration of how absurdly bent the fisheye perspective makes straight lines near the edge of the frame. I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 8mm and ƒ/5.6.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 8mm and ƒ/4.5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
There’s spot flaring here, but that’s almost certainly from dust on the lens rather than an optical flaw. I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/20.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/4.5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 8mm and ƒ/10.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/13.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this shot as a test of the sharpness (with the text). I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/4.5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 8mm and ƒ/11.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/4.5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/5.6.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/10.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/8.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/11.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 8mm and ƒ/11.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 8mm and ƒ/6.3.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/4.5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 8.5mm and ƒ/22.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
An illustration of why fisheye lenses don’t always create curved lines. The curves are exacerbated near the edges. Lines in the center of the frame—in this case the vertical Washington Monument and the horizontal horizon remain quite straight.
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/4.5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 8mm and ƒ/4.5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/11.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/4.5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 14mm and ƒ/5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I often use a variation of this shot, with the high-contrast ceiling skylight is a magnet for chromatic aberration (purple fringing). What I found surprising here is how little there is and how sharp the lines remain—impressive for such a wide-angle lens. I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 14mm and ƒ/4.5.
Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens sample image
I took this photo with a Nikon AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom lens on a Nikon D850 @ 15mm and ƒ/4.5.

Things Worth Knowing About the Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Lens

Lens Hood. The lens comes with a lens hood, and it comes into play when zooming. That’s because when you zoom out, the lens hood comes into view through the frame with some drastic vignetting. Like this (you can even see the ridges of the inside of the hood at the bottom and sides):

Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom Range Examples

So you’ll want to remove the lens hood to get that circle-shaped fisheye view.

Full Frame / APS Sensor. I shot all of the examples on this page with a Nikon D850. The lens will work on an APS-C cropped sensor camera, but the effective focal lengths will be 1.5x what you see here—in other words, a tighter crop.

Accessories for the Nikon Fisheye 8-15mm Lens

Lens Hood. This lens comes with its own, dedicated lens hood. The model number is HB-80.

Lens Cap. The lens cap is, again, a dedicated model for this lens. It attaches with a combination of slipping over the front and snapping into place.

Its model number is LC-K102.

Nikon LC-K102 8-15 mm Fisheye Front Lens Cap - Black
  • Protect the protruding glass of the front lens element
  • Connects directly to Nikon’s HB-80 bayonet lens hood

Filters. This lens isn’t compatible with most traditional filters on the market. Because of the curved front element, there’s no way to attach glass filters to the front of the lens.

Where to Buy

This is a niche product that many smaller camera stores might not carry in stock. But you can find them at B&H Photo, Adorama, and Amazon.

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by David Coleman

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