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The ultimate fisheye lens for ultra-wide-angle perspectives

If you’ve ever worried that a fisheye lens will spend more time in your lens bag than on your camera, just look at the stunning photos taken by the AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D. Its unique yet versatile 16mm perspective and supreme optical performance brings a new angle to landscapes, architecture, interiors—even close-ups. Compact, lightweight and fast enough for low-light shooting, the AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D will inspire new views of your world.
CRC (Close Range Correction) System
Super Integrated Coating

Spectacular new perspectives

Frame-filling 180° viewing angle

Put on the AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D and watch nearly every setting or space open up to a stunning new view. Achieve dramatic 180-degree fisheye coverage with edge-to-edge sharpness, even at the lens’ widest f/2.8 aperture setting. From lanscapes and action to architecture and interiors, the AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D delivers consistently spectacular images.

Stellar optical characteristics

Designed for creativity and performance

The technology behind the AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D assures that every image will meet and exceed your expectations as a photographer. Close-Range Correction (CRC) system enables closer-than-typical focusing—as close as 0.8-ft from your subject. Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) minimizes flare and ghosting while providing rich color balance and contrast. Create stellar images, even in demanding shooting situations.
CRC (Close Range Correction) System
CRC (Close Range Correction) System
The Close-Range Correction (CRC) system is one of Nikon's most important focusing innovations, for it provides superior picture quality at close focusing distances and increases the focusing range.
Super Integrated Coating
Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
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I can't believe it's a fisheye? I've been involved with Nikon equipment for a long time. My favorite lens is my 16 mm fisheye. I purchased it used in NYC back in the 80's. I even use my fisheye as a trade mark for some wedding shots for clients. Five of the photographs displayed were taken with my D700 & Nikkor 16 mm Fisheye. The Wedding photograph was taken with my D200 & Nikkor 10.5 mm Fisheye. April 19, 2011
A great lens While not a lens I use a great deal, it has a vital place in my photographic arsenal. Stunningly sharp, light, and fun. On my D700 it compliments my 10.5mm on my D2X. This lens will remain with me for a very long time. January 3, 2011
Sharp and Contrasty The 16mm 180 degree fisheye is an amazingly sharp and contrasty lens. I have no problem including the sun in my photos, because this lens has no flare or ghosting problems! This lens on my D3 or D700 performs incredibly at f8 or f11. It is great for tight interiors where my AFS 14-24mm can't cover everything. I modified the wide angle lens caps to fit better and keep dust out by using self adhesive felt between the inside ridges of the plastic cap. The photo is a Full frame D700 shot of the inside of a 35 in. by 35 in. Light tent filled with around a hundred AF 35mm 2.0 D lenses shot from 2 feet away from the middle of the group with no lens correction software adjustments. October 5, 2010
Outstanding I have never been a Fish Eye fan until I bought this one. I use it on about anything I can find to use it on. When you use Nikon Capture NX2 to straighten the lines it adds another dimension to my photography. It is always part of my travel gear which consists of A. 16 FE B. 18-35 Nikkor C. 24-120 G VR D. 50 1.4 G E. 70-300 G VR F. D700 July 31, 2010
Lots of Fun, but not just a gimmick I bought this lens expecting that it would provide an occasional unique perspective. But if it's going to stay unique, you can't use it too much, right? What I found is that it can be used in far more situations than I anticipated, and I'm finding more all the time. With appropriate software it is really good with people in a tight crowd (don't try to correct to rectilinear, use cylindrical correction for more natural looking people images). Because it is so small, it can go along for the ride. July 31, 2010
Excellent lens I mainly use this lens with my N90s film camera, but I have also used it with my D70 for undewater photography (ikelite housing), though I seldomly use it with my D300. It is an excellent lens, with superb edge-to-edge resolution and very light. The fisheye distortion is a lot of fun and provides a very fresh perspective. It suffers a little from chromatic aberration, but that can be easily fixed in post processing. You can also tranform all fisheye pictures to rectilinear with postprocessing software (I use lightroom). It's an expensive and niche lens, but one that has great resolution and is so much fun to use! July 30, 2010
Great lens for a super wide view I had this lens since 1993 love it, popular in the Art world, it it great for photographing functions , weddings with a bit of abstraction as well landscape shots, express it your way, it is handy when you can not be bother bringing a panorama camera with you especially with FX format. 15 years ago I accidentally drop this lens down 10 concrete steps and not a single lens went out alignment and no lens breakage, no loss of quality, super tough Nikon July 30, 2010
Fun Lens on Full Frame I LOVE my 10.5mm fisheye. But when I'm using my D3, I turn to the 16mm for its full frame coverage. It's a great little lens and compact enough to carry in a pocket. Looking to make your work stand out or going for a different look...this is the lens for you! July 30, 2010
Sous l eau il permet de photographier des épaves Magnifique super grand angle pour des paysages sous-marins et des épaves Ou des premiers plans rapprochés (25cm mise au point minimale) avec des arrières plans nets même à des ouvertures de 8 January 23, 2014
Unexpectedly wonderful portrait lens! I buy all my lenses for film cameras, but when I was experimenting with portraits on my D200 this 16mm fisheye was performing miracles for me. Half of the time when I was shooting from an angle that prevented me from looking through the viewfinder, I was able to capture the scene I had in my head. Same goes for concert photography when you're right up front and in the band's face with your camera, this thing's focus performs admirably from any aperture. April 14, 2011
Nice contrasty fish Great build and fine shots when stopped down to about f5.6 - f8. Gives character to certain shots. July 30, 2010
Good But..... While the lens is great, Nikon should really figure a way to keep a lens cap on it. What they provide easily falls off leaving an expensive piece of glass exposed. It does make some great shots though. July 30, 2010
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How can I use rear ND filters on this lens?

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Am I able to cut ND filters from gelatin sheets (such as Kodak Wratten) into circular pieces and place these inside the supplied rear bayonet filters supplied with this lens? I have noticed there is a small screw on the filter, is this there for this purpose?
Would there be any problems with ghosting/flare/internal reflections using this method?
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Keith,,the filter IS on the back,,it looks like part of the lens but is there
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KiethD, the lens is meant to have an unusual bayonet filter attached to the back, as standard. Without a basic UV one it can't focus proper to infinity. Strange but true.
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*supplied
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Filters are not supplies with the lens as there is no way to attach them.
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Compairsion Fisheye 16mm f 2.8 X Wide Angle 14 / 24mm f 2.8...

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Do they give me the same range of focal length, while i'm setting both of them in 16 mm?
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Ok,

Thank you for answer me, only one more question, does Nikon make or provide any fish eye lens adapter with 8mm or 10mm range @f 2.8?
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A fisheye lens features an ultra-wide angle of view that bends and distorts the subject matter as it reaches the edges of the frame. Check out the attached sample image from the AF-Fisheye Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 lens or visit the following page on Nikonusa.com for more sample images.
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Pr...

The AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED is a high-performance, ultra-wide angle lens without the fisheye distortion. Product information and sample images for this lens can be found here:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Pr...
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There is no need to compare a fisheye lens and a wide angle lens. The images do not look the same.
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Looking for a fixed lens for a D 90 that will give equivalent view to a 24mm wide angle in 35mm format.
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I have used this lens on the D90. It has much less distortion on the edges.
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No, but if you have Nikon Capture NX2 it has a feature that will correct the fisheye effect so that it appears normal.
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Circular Polarizing Filter??

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Is there any possible way a circular polarizing filter can be used, even in a makeshift way, with this lens?
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Anything you place in front of this lens will result in very distracting vignetting.
Actually, it will be severe vignetting. You would likely get the same usable image with a 24mm or 28mm lens, but across more area of the sensor.
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No, image would be terrible.
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is it possible to fit this fisheye lens with Screw in Filters of 77mm Diameter?

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It may be possible but it is definitely not recommended on a 180 degree view fisheye.
This lens is designed to use bayonette, rear-attached filters.
These rear-attached filters are required for use and come in a set of 4.
If you do not have one installed you WILL have issues with edge sharpness and focusing.
As far as I know the only source of these filters is Nikon.

Good luck!!!
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No, this lens does not accept screw in filters. This lens will accept gel filters which are held in a clip at the rear. The lens must be removed from the camera to change these filters.
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If you want your landscapes to have a fish eye look then yes it would be ok, I doubt they will look 'fake' more like look a bit odd as fish eyes are not generally used for landscapes.
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Your concerns are correct, you would be better served with the 16-35 f/4 or if your budget allows the 14-24 f/2.8.
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will the fisheye leanse work with the nikon 1v2 camera

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Here is a list of compatible f mount lenses that require ft-1 adapter for use on Nikon 1 cameras
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/acil/lenses/mount_adapter_ft1/compatibility.htm
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Yes. AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D can be use with Nikon 1V2, but you will need the FT-1 Mount Adapter.

FT-1 mount Adapter Link:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Pr...

Current line up of SLR lenses compatible with FT-1 Mount Adapter:
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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Is the 16mm compatible with my D800?

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Yes it is
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Fully compatible.
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is this lens compatible with the d5000?

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yes but will be manual focus only.
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What is the difference between D and ED?

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"D" lenses (which all current Nikkors are) transmit focused distance information to the exposure system for more accurate exposure. "ED" lenses contain Extra-Low Dispersion glass for better color and contrast.
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