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

Here's our concise review of the Nikon AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5 ED lens...

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

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

The 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5 is an all-in-one fisheye lens and the first of its kind in Nikon’s line-up. Using it at the 8mm length will give you the traditional circular fisheye look (a circular image in the middle of the frame, though on APS-C you won’t get this full effect), while at 15mm it will give you a full image, corner to corner, though both will exhibit the bulging look, which is synonymous with fisheye photography.

While this type of lens isn’t to everyone’s tastes, its results are iconic, often sacrificing overall image quality for a specific look. Happily, this lens retains image quality throughout, with the centre of the frame being impressively sharp, although the corners are soft, which is part of the appeal.

The build quality is as high as you’d expect from Nikon, packing in 15 elements in 13 groups, including its ED Extra Low Dispersion coating, to reduce flare and ghosting. It also covers 180º maximum field-of-view on full-frame (this is reduced substantially on APS-C).

In reality, this lens is great, if you have a use for it, though the price might put a few people off.

Pros  

  • Iconic look 
  • Acts as both circular and diagonal fisheye on full-frame 
  • Impressive sharpness

Cons  

  • Very limited real world uses
  • Twice as expensive as both of Nikon’s current prime fisheye lenses

Find out more at the Nikon website