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.

The images that Nikon’s 16mm f/2.8D 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 photos, and if you’d like a closer look click on an image to open a full-size version.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/4.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/3.2.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/4.0. 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.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/4.0. 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.

This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm 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.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/5.6.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/8.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/5.6.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm 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.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm 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.

This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/4.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/6.3.

This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/5.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/4.5.

This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/4.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm 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.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/3.2.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm 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.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/11.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/3.2.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/5.6.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/3.2.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/5.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/5.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/5.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/8.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/4.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/5.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/8.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/8.0.

This photo was taken with a Nikon 16mm f2.8D Fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/2.8.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/5.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/4.5. Low light in the courtyard of Istanbul’s New Mosque. Hand held.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/5.0.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D810 at 16 mm and f/3.5.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm 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.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/5.6.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/3.2.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/5.6.

Photo taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 full-frame fisheye lens on a NIKON D800 at 16 mm and f/4.0.

Find Them At

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.

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