Zoom Range of the Nikon AF-S 8-15mm Fisheye Lens

The zoom range of this lens isn’t your typical closer-and-further-away views. Here are some practical examples.
Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom Range Examples
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The Nikon AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is fisheye zoom lens that gives an extraordinary wide perspective. It’s definitely a niche product that’s not useful in all situations, but the zoom makes this lens unusual (most fisheye lenses are prime lenses).

Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED F/4.5-29 Fixed Zoom Camera...
  • Widest NIKKOR fisheye Lens yet and the first with zoom capability
  • Capture EPIC 180 Degree circular images and traditional frame-filling fisheye images

Demonstrating the zoom range of this lens isn’t with your typical closer-and-further-away views. Below are some practical examples.

Zoomed out to 15mm, the image fills the full frame. Like this:

Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom Range Examples

But because of the extraordinarily wide 8mm focal length, it doesn’t cover the whole frame. In fact, it actually only covers a circle in the middle. And not only does it look further away—it also dials up the optical distortion. This is not the lens you want if you need straight lines. Here’s an example:

Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom Range Examples

Here are some more examples:


Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom Range Examples

Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom Range Examples


Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom Range Examples

Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom Range Examples

More Sample Images

I’ve posted some more sample images from the Nikon AF-S 8-15mm fisheye lens separately.

Things Worth Knowing

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.

Nikon AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED F/4.5-29 Fixed Zoom Camera...
  • Widest NIKKOR fisheye Lens yet and the first with zoom capability
  • Capture EPIC 180 Degree circular images and traditional frame-filling fisheye images

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