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Nikon unveils the AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens

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Nikon announces the AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens for its full-frame DSLR cameras.

The FX compatible fish-eye lens supports the 8-15 mm range of focal lengths and maximum apertures of f/3.5-4.5. With full-frame DSLRs, circular fisheye images with an angle of view of 180° vertical and horizontal are achieved when the lens is zoomed all the way out (wide-angle position).

The optical formula of the Fisheye Nikon 8-15mm consists of three ED elements to reduce chromatic aberration. It has two aspherical lens elements minimize coma even at the widest aperture, and enable a more compact lens size. Additionally, the front lens element is coated with Nikon’s non-stick Fluorine coating. Nano Crystal Coat also helps reduce ghost and flare.

The AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens has a price tag of $1249.95.

Nikon AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens becomes official

Nikon unveils the AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens

Nikon’s first fisheye zoom gives photographers and filmmakers an FX-format lens with the look and feel of a circular fisheye and the versatility of a full-frame fisheye, all in one lens.

Made for advanced photographers and creators, this durable lens is constructed of lightweight magnesium alloy. The optic employs internal focusing (IF) to retain its compact size, even while focusing. It is also Nikon’s latest lens to use an electromagnetic diaphragm. This also means consistent exposure during high speed shooting, or smooth exposure control while capturing video.

Key Features

  • Enables shooting at an angle of view of 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 shooting in FX format
  • A full-frame fisheye effect with a diagonal angle of view of up to 180° can be achieved in the range that begins at the DX mark* on the lens and ends at the maximum telephoto position with shooting in DX format
  • Realizes very sharp and clear rendering from maximum aperture throughout the zoom range
  • A minimum focus distance of 0.16 m (0.5 ft.) and a maximum reproduction ratio of 0.34x enable sharp and clear rendering, even with shooting at close distances
  • Adoption of three ED glass elements provides effective compensation for lateral chromatic aberration, minimizing color bleed at the edges of the frame
  • Nano Crystal Coat adopted to effectively reduce ghost and flare for sharp, clear images
  • Adopted a dust- and drip-resistant structure with all moving parts of the lens barrel
  • Highly durable fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water, grease, and dirt applied to the outer surfaces of the two lens elements at either end (front and rear) of the lens

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Sample Images

Nikon AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED sample images can be found here and here. More info is available on Nikon USA website.

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