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.
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):
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.
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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