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Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED

Ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for Nikon DSLR cameras

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Overview

Our take on the Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED

If you're looking to transform your photography with new and unique perspectives, this 18-15mm fisheye has you covered. This is Nikon's widest fisheye lens yet, and it's the first to have zoom capabilities. With a DX format Nikon DSLR, you'll get frame-filling extreme wide-angle images. With full-frame Nikon DSLRs, you can zoom out to shoot 180-degree circular images, or zoom in to fill the frame.

Reimagine your world

If you're looking to transform your photography with new and unique perspectives, this 18-15mm fisheye has you covered. This is Nikon's widest fisheye lens yet, and it's the first to have zoom capabilities. With a DX format Nikon DSLR, you'll get frame-filling extreme wide-angle images. With full-frame Nikon DSLRs, you can zoom out to shoot 180-degree circular images, or zoom in to fill the frame.

Fisheye lenses are great for capturing sprawling landscapes and interiors, and you can get some otherworldly nighttime shots too. If you're into shooting video, a fisheye perspective adds a psychological element to any scene. It's a perfect tool for boosting your creativity and documenting the world around you in fresh and exciting ways.

Product Highlights:

  • AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED zoom lens
  • Compatible with Nikon DSLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 8-15mm with full-frame (FX) sensor cameras
    • 12-22.5mm with APS-C (DX) sensor cameras
  • Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet autofocusing
  • internal focusing design maintains overall lens length during focusing for greater consistency and faster performance
  • Super Integrated Coating on lens elements for rich colors with excellent contrast
  • anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghosting and flare
  • minimum focus distance: 6.3"
  • minimum aperture: f/29
  • lens construction: 15 elements in 13 groups
    • 2 aspherical elements for outstanding optical performance
  • 3 ED (extra-low dispersion) lens elements for better sharpness and contrast
  • 7-blade circular aperture for natural rendering of out-of-focus background elements
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism for accurate aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting
  • includes lens hood, front and rear lens caps, and soft case
  • lens is 3" in diameter, 3-1/4" long
  • weight: 17.2 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens
  • LC-K102 Front lens cap (installed)
  • HB-80 Lens hood (installed)
  • LF-4 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • Lens pouch
  • User's Manual
  • Warranty sheet

Incredible lens and Crutchfield's wonderful customer service comes thru once again. This lens is versatile and produces great shots. Just wish it had a lower f stop for low lighting.

Scott, NYC, NY

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Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED Reviews

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Nikon comes thru again!

Scott from NYC, NY on 9/10/2017

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Incredible lens and Crutchfield's wonderful customer service comes thru once again. This lens is versatile and produces great shots. Just wish it had a lower f stop for low lighting.

Pros: Incredible shots both fish eye and wide angled.

Cons: Be great if it had a lower f stop.

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Features and Specs

General
Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 8-15mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5 (W) - 4.5 (T)
Weight 17.2 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration

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Warranty Information

Features

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 the lens.

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.

Specifications

  • Type of Lens: Type E AF-S lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • 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 manual focus
  • Diaphragm: Rounded 7-blade with automatic electronic aperture control
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 - f/22 at 8mm; f/4.5 - f/29 at 15mm
  • 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 Information

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.

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