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Fun and compact fisheye lens for DX-format cameras

AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8
This compact and lightweight fisheye lens makes anything you shoot more interesting. With its frame-filling 180° angle of view and unique bending effects, every scene and subject will take on new dimensions through the viewfinder. Achieve great low-light results with its fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, and get as close to your subjects as 1.2-in. (3-cm) with edge to edge sharpness in every shot.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
CRC (Close Range Correction) System
 AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8

Freedom from visual boundaries

Frame-filling 180° viewing angle

The AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED achieves an ultra-wide picture angle of 180° on DX-format cameras while remaining compact and lightweight. Its unique fisheye bending effect with edge-to-edge sharpness opens up entirely new compositional possibilities. Try different viewpoints and angles to turn ordinary scenes into extraordinary photographs. And with a minimal focus distance of just 1.2-in. (3-cm), you can get an entirely new perspective on just about any subject.

Nikon-quality fisheye images

Designed for creativity and performance

With a rounded diaphragm that makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural, a built-in flower-type lens hood and a 16mm equivalent focal length, the AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED is optimized for DX-format Nikon D-SLR cameras. Its Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass ensures superior sharpness and color, and Close-Range Correction (CRC) system provides high performance when taking pictures up close.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
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. With CRC, the lens elements are configured in a "floating element" design wherein each lens group moves independently to achieve focusing. This ensures superior lens performance even when shooting at close distances. The CRC system is used in fisheye, wide-angle, micro and selected medium telephoto NIKKOR lenses.
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Big sky lens Terrific lens with outstanding color performance. A must for mountain panoramas. Great also for (some) close up photos with background. Absolutely delighted. July 30, 2010
Fun, Sneaky, & Versatile This is a great little lens! It's fun, tack-sharp, and you can literally shoot from the hip with it in situations where you need to shoot with stealth. If you frame your shots with a little to spare on the edges, you'll always end up with a shot that doesn't look too funky, and it gives room for fisheye software to straighten without losing important details. Great fun for getting the "whole picture", shooting landscapes and interiors, and emphasizing certain details of any scene. It's also a hoot to photograph horses' faces with this lens! July 20, 2010
Big fun, small package. When shooting with my F3HP's I always wanted the 16mm fisheye, but never got around to it. This time around when I got a D90, I bought this little beauty second (after the 16-85 VR). While I admit that I don't use it frequently, it's almost always in my kit and provides a perspective that's unique. The resolution, AF speed and handling are stellar. The more I use it the better I like my results - it's still teaching me! July 20, 2010
A necessity....? I took this with me to Europe along with a 12-24 and a 18-135 on my D300. It was used about 30% of the time on interiors of churches, etc. But I also used it at the markets and subways to capture the sense of the crowds. Small and easily carried in a pocket. I just loved the way it was unobtrusive around people. Frequently, I would simply shoot without putting the camera to my eye to get those fleeting moments of people. Will you spent the money? Let me just tell you this. How much would pay to have that shot or shots that you missed because you didn't have the lens? The camera is important, no doubt, but you won't get the shot without the lens! Buy the best and you'll never question the cost as you look at the results. Buy the cheapola and you'll curse yourself ever time. Wish they would let me show you some results. You would be buying one today! July 9, 2010
Objectif sensationnel !!! Objectif très performante, amusante. Je m'en sert surtout dans le park a neige de la montagne de ski le plus près de chez moi. donne un vraiment bon résultat !! March 21, 2012
Great addition to the bag This is a great lens to have in your bag. If you're like me, you won't use it a lot, but when you do, you will get some fantastic images. There is a fair amount of color fringing going on. That's why I gave it four stars instead of five. But never mind that. Its not a big problem. Just get one and take some cool shots! In my experience, the key to making this lens really work is to get super-close to your subject. Then get closer. And then, when you think you are too close, get a little closer still. Play around with odd angles. And keep an eye out for your feet/knees. The angle of view on this is so large you can easily find them creeping into shots. July 25, 2012
Amazing technical quality for the price Per my caption: amazing technical capability and quality for the price. One big problem...no ability to protect the front lens element that is constantly subject to dust, dirt, grime almost every time I use it. As a result, I worry that there will eventually be scratches or surface wear over time and use. May 2, 2011
Lots of fun! This lens is so much fun! Especially when the kids get involved, they love when you get real close and distort their faces. The fisheye has created a lot of laughs! Also it is very useful in most of the photography I shoot cause I like to use wide angle shots to get full rainbows and skies full of lightning! It's fun for all ages! September 17, 2010
Fun creative tool An excellent lens for throwing some creativity into your shots. While not an essential part of my camera kit I still have great fun with it. It is the lens of mine that my friends want to borrow the most :-) August 2, 2010
Great super wide lens Have used this over the past several years under a variety of conditions from interior to exterior shots. Performs well. There is chromatic aberration at the edges, but one would expect this on such a wide angle. NX2 does a great job of removing the distortion or left it as is from the camera. Both corrected and uncorrected images work given the subject matter. No filters, I say no problem. August 2, 2010
Great for cityscapes taken from above. This was always a very desirable lens for me due to the interesting perspectives it offers. I have taken several shots of cityscapes from on high looking down and the results can be eye catching. Additionally, it is very sharp requiring little processing in this respect. If you have limited resources I would suggest purchasing other lenses first as usage is limited by comparison. July 30, 2010
Great lens if you know how to use it I love this lens. You get some great shots if you know how to use it; that is, (1) get in close, and (2) get in close. I made the mistake of trying to use this lens to "fit it all in," until I noticed all my photos have a horizontal band in the middle 20% of the photo of teeny tiny interesting stuff, framed by 80% sky and uninteresting ground. This lens really works best for distorting straight lines with funky effects if you are up close and personal. That said, I love this lens. It also doubles as an ultra wide-angle lens if you buy DxO Optics Pro, which will remove the distortion in about 3 mouse clicks. Yes it is that easy! Two caveats: 1 - This is a DX lens and is almost useless on a full-frame camera such as the D700, D2, or D3 series bodies (unless you want a weird hood-shaped outline around the image. 2 - This should be obvious, but this is a FISHEYE lens, meaning you get heavy barrel distortion, meaning this is not a traditional ultra wide-angle lens. If you want an ultra wide-angle DX lens the best one out there is the Tokina 11-16mm. July 30, 2010
Great FOV but could be even more. I've had this lens since I purchased a D200. I need it in my work to capture a wide FOV from a driver's eye point while driving (mirror to mirror). Excellent lens for that purpose. Sharp and good contrast. I now have a D3 and I learned that other photographers have "shaved" the lens hood off the 10.5mm to increase the FOV to over 180 degrees horizontally on FX cameras. I did that just last week and it works great. Nikon should make the hood removable so the lens can be used on FX cameras as a partial circular fisheye as well as a full frame fisheye on DX cameras. I think all other manufactures of full frame fisheye lens make the hood non removable. A removable hood would add to the market value of this lens, especially for all the photographers now into VR and skateboarder photography. It will also be an attraction when Nikon introduces 1080 video. July 30, 2010
Good but you need Capture NX2 as well The lens is very good at what it does. BUT, the chromatic aberration can be quite pronounced along high contrast edges. Fortunately, if you run the picture into Capture NX2 with the chromatic aberration correction turned on, the software does a very good job of removing a huge portion of the distortion. July 30, 2010
Most Creative Lens If you want to have fun with your camera then this lens is a must. It brings out the creativity in your images, Focus is sharp, accurate and fast. Great value for money . This lens goes every where with me. July 30, 2010
usefull A lot of color fringing. You need to shoot RAW and correct in software. July 30, 2010
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is the lens compatible with the Nikon d5000

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Can anyone elaborate on why this lens is not compatible with the D5000? According to the article, the camera is a DX format and so is the lens. So why won't the lens autofocus on this camera?
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If you'd like to read more about which Nikon cameras work with which NIKKOR lenses, check out this article: http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-E...
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This lens will not auto-focus with the D5000, but in all other functions it is compatible.
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what is the fov for the nikon D200

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I want to find out what the fov is when this lens is used with the D200. Thank you.

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Hi David.
DX Image sensor of D200 is 1.5 smaller than standard 35 mm film (or FX).
If you need to recalculate focus lens from DX format to standard 35 mm film (or FX) you need to multiply focus lens on 1.5.
For AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED in 35 mm film standard (or FX) it will be 15.75 mm.
Like the same standard for 35 mm AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D

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It would be the equiv. of approximately 52.5mm on film or full-frame because of the 1.5x sensor crop factor. It's a great walk-around and impromptu portrait lens.
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Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 180°.
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Do any gelatin filters work with the DX Fisheye lens? Which ones are the most useful.

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I just purchased your 10.5 Fisheye for use with my D90 and D80 SLRs. I am not sure what gelatin filter(s) I might need or what size will fit into the lens. I noticed that Nikon has a series of color correction geletin filter available but it was not clear whether they were compatible with the DX Fisheye lens. I was thinking that a neutal gelatin filter might be useful.
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Gel filters will work with this lens. They mount at the rear of the lens 27mm x 27mm with 5mm clipped at the corners. This alas, will not protect the front lens element.
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You would need a large filter overlapping the lens by a cm or two. Conventional screw on filters would interfere with the edge of the image.
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The 10.5 will not take filters as the lens hood is built in so even if you could find one you would have great difficulty getting it to fit. Not to mention the vignetting that would be caused by such an extreme wide angle.
The colour correction filters you are talking about are for the SB flash units and are model specific, these are used to colour correct if need be and have no other use apart from that, they will definatley not fit on a lens.
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So i dont need any rear lens filters when using the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED?

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So basically i just attach the lens and shoot? no rear filters or anything?
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Come on Nikon Guys. The manual for the lens shows that you can cut a 27mm x 27mm gel filter and clipped the corners 5mm and insert in the rear gel filter holder. Works for me.
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Because of the design you cannot put filters on it anyway, so yes put the lens on a body and go take pictures..
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A rear lens filter cannot be attached to the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 ED.
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Is this lens compatible with the Nikon D3000?

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Is this lens compatible with the Nikon D3000?
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Yes. However, does not AF. Make sure your Fisheye lens has DX format.
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Won't autofocus on the D3000.
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Is the AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED compatible with my Nikon D60 DSLR?

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Wondering if the AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED is compatible with my NIkon D60 DSLR and if so will it auto focus or will I have to manual focus? Having a hard time finding this information through the website so I thought I'd try here.

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It doesn't have a built in motor so it will not autofocus on the D60. It's a very cool lens though! I've included a shot my friend took for me w/ his D300 for reference.
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Hi Max

Sorry, but in Nikon D60 DSLR were is no internal AF motor, but you can use manual focus for AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED (all our functions will be supported).

If you want auto focus for Nikon D60 DSLR, you need to use lenses with internal AF motor.
Nikon lenses in the name must have AF-S or AF-I.
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Is the AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED compatible with my Nikon D40 DSLR?

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It is compatible in the fact that you can shoot with it, but it will not autofocus on the D40. The D40 has no AF motor built-in like the D90/D7000/D200 etc.
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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Camera’s such as the D40 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.
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Is AF DX Fisheye Nikkor 10.5 f/2.3GE ED compatible with D3000?

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To learn more about the types of NIKKOR lenses, and which will work with different Nikon D-SLR models, check out this article: http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-E...
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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D3000 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.
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Is this lens compatible with the Nikon N55 camera?

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If you are looking for a compatible Nikkor fisheye for your N55, this one will work: http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/1910/AF-Fisheye-NIKKOR-16mm-f%252F2.8D.html
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No, its has no aperture ring so you cannot control the aperture and even if you put one on it would vignette considerably.
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will it autofocus with D5100?

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The autofocus function of the D5100 is no different than any Nikon cameras. The lens and it internal components will integrate into your cameras system. However, understand, this is a DX lens, and is designed for Nikon DX cameras*. If your camera is not DX, you will want to acquire the 16mm 2.8 Fisheye, for correct frame perspective for non-DX cameras*
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No, it's not.
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