Overview: The Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED
lens is the first Nikkor fisheye lens with zoom capability. This gives you
greater flexibility in finding the right perspective for extreme wide angle and
fisheye photography. The lens is optimized for full-frame (FX), but can be used
with APS-C (DX) format cameras.
Compatibility: This fisheye lens if for use exclusively with
cameras that have electronic aperture control. It cannot be used with D2- or
D1-series cameras, Nikon film cameras, or the following Nikon digital SLR
cameras: D200, D100, D90, D80, D70-series, D60, D50, D40-series, or D3000.
Lens Construction: The lens is made of 15 elements in 13
groups, including 3 ED lens elements, 2 aspherical elements, and elements with
Nano-Crystal or fluorine coatings. The
special elements have the following attributes:
- Extra-low Dispersion Glass (ED): The lens is
constructed with Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements developed by Nikon
and used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum
correction of chromatic aberrations.
- Nano Crystal Coating (N): Nano-crystal coating is an
anti-reflective coating that eliminates internal reflections, ghosting, and
flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.
- Fluorine Coating: The protective Fluorine Coating on
the front and rear lens elements allows water and dirt roll right off. This
makes the lens ideal to use in harsh conditions.
Electromagnetic Diaphragm: The Nikkor 8-15mm fisheye lens
uses an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel to provide
accurate aperture control when using auto exposure, especially during continuous
shooting. The electromagnetic diaphragm makes the lens incompatible with cameras
that do not have electronic aperture control. Conventional lenses have diaphragm
blades that are controlled by mechanical linkage levers.
FX vs. DX Formats: The lens is designed for use with
full-range (FX) format cameras, but it can be used on APS-C (DX) format cameras
with good results. With FX cameras, the angle of view is 180° vertical and
horizontal (circular fisheye) when zoomed all the way out, and 180° diagonal
(full-frame fisheye) when zoomed close to all the way in. With the smaller
imaging area, APS-C (DX) format cameras will not produce the true circular
fisheye effect that FX cameras do. To get full-frame fisheye on a DX camera, you
will need to align the focal length and DX marks on the focal length scale on
Shot Composition: Framing shots with this lens requires more
care than conventional lenses. Fisheye lenses amplify the effects of
perspective, and cause distortion that exaggerates size and shape. Moving the
camera even slightly may result in an entirely different image. With a 180°
angle-of-view, care must be taken to keep your arms and legs, or the legs of
your tripod out of the frame.
Lens Hood: The front element of the lens projects beyond the
lens body. The attached HB-80 lens hood protects the fisheye lens from bumps and
scratches, and keeps unwanted light from entering the lens. Because of the
extreme angle-of-view, it is possible that the hood will be visible in the shot
when zoomed out fully. The lens hood can be removed if you wish to have a full
180° view. The lens hood must be mounted on the lens before the lens cap can be
attached. Once the cap is in place, you can remove the hood from the lens
without first removing the cap.
Focusing Modes: The lens has a 2-way Focus Mode switch that
lets you choose the way the lens focuses. If you set the camera's focus mode to
Manual, you must focus using the lens focus ring, regardless of the Lens Mode
switch setting. If the camera's focus mode is Auto Focus (AF), you can set the
lens switch to M/A to auto focus. You can instantly override the auto focus by
rotating the lens focus ring. Setting the lens switch to M lets you manually
focus with the focus ring, using the camera's electronic rangefinder.
- Type of Lens: Type E AF-S lens with a built-in CPU
- Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet
- Focal Length: 8-15mm
- Focal Length Scale: Graduated in millimeters: 8, 10, 12,
14, and 15mm
- Filter Slot: located at the rear of the lens
- Lens Construction: 15 elements in 13 groups (including
3 ED lens elements, 2 aspherical elements, and elements with Nano-Crystal
or fluorine coatings)
- Image Stabilization: none
- Minimum Focus Distance: 6" (0.16 meters) from focal
plane at all zoom locations
- Focus Distance Indicator: 0.16m - ∞
- Focusing Method: Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System
with autofocus controlled by a Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for
- Diaphragm: Rounded 7-blade with automatic electronic
- Aperture Range: f/3.5 - f/22 at 8mm; f/4.5 - f/29 at
- Angle of View:
- Nikon FX-format cameras: 180° - 175°
- Nikon DX-format cameras: 180° - 110°
- Dimensions: Diameter 2.903" Length 3.663" (4.625"
with lens caps)
- Weight: 17.2 ounces
Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty
on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no
charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.