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The 15mm & 16mm wideangles & Full Frame Fisheye lenses of Nikon.

Nikkor 15mm.jpg

Don't get confused. This 15mm f3.5 is a true ultra wideangle (Optical expert may not agreed, but compared with the Fisheye lenses, it is a wideangle lens for SLR. A more approriate term should be a wideangle with Retrofocus design - I may have to explain this later in another section), while the 16mm (see below) is a full frame Fisheye-Nikkor
(Pictures here are not to scale in relation between the two).

Full Frame means the eventual image will fill the full and entire 35mm picture format with an angle of view of 180 degrees, while the circular Fisheye lenses (see the 6mm page) will provide (depends on focal length) a circular image embraces by black border. 6mm, for instance, will produces a subject view of 21.6mm (23mm for the 8mm) diameter circle in the frame.

Here is an article of how to use 15mm ultrawide and 16mm fisheye Nikkor with the Nikon F4 Under the water !

Old Nikkor 15mm f5.6

The original Nikkor 15mm f5.6

Sigma's claimed - the fastest AF 14mm lens
(only refer to autofocus lenses, the widest is still a Nikkor, the
provide users with an more economical option,
uses an aspherical element within.

Nikkor full frame fisheye.jpg

Ultra wideangle lenses render straight lines in the subject as straight lines in the photograph. When combined with its extra and expansive picture coverage, it is best used for photographing small interiors, large buildings or panoramic landscapes. While the full frame fisheye provides a startling pictorial effect because of its extreme barrel distortion. This manual 16mm lens comes with a standard equipment which includes built in scalloped lens hood and a set of 4 filters which bayonet onto the back of the lens.

All these lenses have immense depth of field generated with moderate aperture values. Thus, you may not find apertures smaller than F22. A f8 will span from a foot or two away to infinity (with proper guide with the aperture and depth of field scales marked on the lens barrel.

They have a very beautifully constructed compact AF version now (below):

Compared with the older version in the early part of '70:

Old Fisheye 16mm Img

Other pages containing Fisheye and ultrawide lenses in this site:
Older (6mm-10mm) & newer versions, 13mm Ultra wide

Not to dampened your spirit, Sigma's economical offering, the 15mm fisheye lens...
Looks like all the third party lens manufacturer
s realises where the maket is, now the cake has to be shared, Nikon started to offer more additional "values" to thir customers. Note the constrcution of the lens of the Nikkor 16mm... it is getting better in cosmetic as well (Sigma still uses their "Zen" finish).

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