Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED review at momentcorp

Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED review at momentcorp

"The Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye can in most respects be compared to it's older brother the Nikon 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye. When comparing the two lenses side by side the performance is almost identical. I feel that the 16mm has an edge wide open in regards to sharpness, but other than that they are very similar.

Diffraction(softening) starts at f/11 on the DX format, you can without any problems push it to f/16 without much or any sharpening. At f/22 the image gets quite soft, so sharpening in post is a must to get the most out of the image.
 
There is some CA present on high contrast, most of the time this was taken care of by the camera (I used the Nikon D3 for the test) when it was too much for the camera to handle it was fixable by using Nikon Capture NX2.
 
Vignetting / light fall off, as with most wide angle lenses there is visible vignetting. You need to stop down to f/11 to get rid of all the vignetting that this lens produces. For some photographers vignetting is a plus when it comes to lenses, for some it's a drawback. So this really depends on taste.
 
Flare, the Nikon 10.5mm is quite resistant to flare if you keep the front element perfectly clean all the time. Only in a few sample images shot directly into the sun, could small traces of flare be seen.
 
If you are a Nikon DX shooter and you are looking for a super wide angle or a Fisheye, this is the lens to get."
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