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Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED 35mm Primes

4.5 star rating
                      4.5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $774.95
Focal Length : 10.5mm | Max. Aperture : f/2.8  | Focus : Autofocus  

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length10.5mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance5.5 in
    Picture Angle180 degrees
    Groups / Elements10 Elements in 7 Groups
    Designed for Digital CameraYes
    Diameter2.5 in
    Length2.5 in
    Weight10.8 oz
    Product ID21376458

Product Description

The first fisheye lens developed exclusively for use with Nikon DX digital SLR Format
  • Ultra wide picture angle of 180° on DX sensor
  • Equivalent to 16mm focal length on 35mm
  • Aperture range: f/2.8-22
  • Min focus: Approx. 5.5 inches
  • D-type design provides distance information for flash and ambient light exposure
  • Built-in Flower Type lens Hood
  • Compatible with D1, D1X, D1H, D2H and D100 digital SLRs

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    Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by dmourati a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: December 23, 2009

    Strengths:    Light, fast, small, nice distortion

    Weaknesses:    No filter.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is *the* lens for shooting action sports. Fast, nice distortion, tons of fun.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $650.00

    Purchased At:   K&S

    Similar Products Used:   50 mm 1.8

    Type of photography:   Sports

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Joe Mueller a Expert

    Date Reviewed: May 5, 2006

    Strengths:    Very sharp in the center, rivals the best primes !! (well it is a prime too)

    It is very close focusing - 14cm- and with the extreme depth of field you can shot pictures from literally inside flowers.

    Max aperture of 2.8 comes handy shooting in the twilight zone

    Weaknesses:    CA - but can be easily corrected in PS-ACR

    Other than that : NONE

    Well, you have to be carefull not to get your hands/feet in the picture but that is not a weakness of the lens, but comes with 180° diagonal coverage.

    Bottom Line:   
    I was debating with myself for about a year before I finally decided to buy this lens. It is a very specialized lens and can't be used that often.

    At least that's what I initially thought about this lens.

    However, after using it for 2 months I realize, that you can use it much more often than I thought. I've always been a (ultra) wide angle guy and most of my shoots are in the 28mm or lower range.

    If you are careful with your composition, the fisheye distortion is not that visible ,especially for landscape shoots, less so for architectural stuff.

    If you use PTlens, you are very flexible in de-fishing this lens.

    You can get 120-130° FOV, which no other Non-fisheye lens can give you on a DX sensor.

    I do regret not having it bought earlier !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $560.00

    Purchased At:   B&H

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by markgoldberg a Professional

    Date Reviewed: December 6, 2005

    Strengths:    Fun, great performer, great quality, more versatile than you would think, very compact.

    Weaknesses:    It is impossible to protect the front element with a filter, so you have to be careful.

    Bottom Line:   
    The 10.5 DX is provides the most fun you can have -- well, you know the rest. It is small and fast, and easy to include in your small camera bag. For a quick trip I can travel light with a medium zoom and this lens. Even though it is a full frame fisheye, it is lots more versatile than you think. Sharpness is excellent, and the image can tolerate some cropping. Adobe Photoshop CS2 also provides some functions to correct the inherent barrel distortion from a fisheye lens like this, but I don't use that very often. Everyone Nkonian should own one. I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars value rating only because it is not the kind of lens you can leave on all the time, and it is more or less a discretionary item.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $565.00

    Purchased At:   B&H Photo

    Similar Products Used:   The closest I have to this is a 12-24 zoom. In video I have a 0.5x wide adapter that has a similar image curvature effect.

    Type of photography:   Other

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Ruffles a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: June 23, 2004

    Strengths:    Extremly small
    Fast focusing
    Very sharp in center, a bit less sharp on edges
    Great contrast
    WIDE angle!
    Not much flare

    Weaknesses:    Quality control seems to be an issue. I've had 3 of these lens. The first one was the best but I bought it thinking it would be my regular wide angle lens. This was a mistake. You can de-fish the images in software but it's a pain...especially if you shoot a Fuji like me and use RAW. I returned the lens and started saving for a 12-24. A month or two later, I got the fisheye bug again and bought a second lens. This had HORIBLE CA and wasn't useable. I exchanged it for a 3rd. This one is better but not as good as the first. I still ended up getting the Nikkor 12-24.

    This lens also requires you to use gel filters on the rear element

    Bottom Line:   
    Very fun lens to use. It provides a new perspective that can take your photography in new directions. Make sure you can return your lens or exchange it if you get one with bad Chromatic Aberrations. If you shoot a Nikon, you can use Nikon Capture to de-fish the images later. If you shoot a Fuji, you'll have to use Pano-tools or similar software (which is a bit of a pain).

    Don't buy this because you want a wide angle and can't afford the 12-24. You won't be happy. Only get this lens if you've got everything else you need and want a new toy to play with. This way you'll be VERY happy with this lens.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $650.00

    Purchased At:   Kenmore Camera

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

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