Nikkor 16mm f2.8D

bythom nikkor 16mm
  • FX coverage
  • Autofocus (no in-lens focus motor), rear focus
  • 8 elements in 5 groups, 2 aspherical, 1 ED elements
  • 7-blade rounded aperture diaphragm
  • smallest aperture is f/22
  • rear gelatin filter
  • 10" (0.25m) minimum focus; 1:10 maximum reproduction ratio
  • 2.2 x 2.5" (57 x 63mm) long, diameter
  • 10.1 ounces (290g) weight
  • built-in petal lens hood, caps
  • US$625
  • Model Number 1910
  • Announced pre digital era

Note: this is a 180° diagonal fisheye lens

Thom's Mini-Review: This lens became a staple in mountain bike photography in the 90's, where it was used for very close-to-the-rider perspective distortion (often coupled with flash rear sync to get motion effects in the background). Indeed, the best use of this lens is to push into fun and different shooting situations, where it can often net you an image that is unique and interesting. As a wide-angle lens (perhaps with the strong barrel distortion corrected) the lens is less interesting, but still sometimes useful. The biggest issues are that linear distortion and a visible chromatic aberration, particularly near the edges in high contrast situations. Still, a lens most pros have in their bag even today, and for good reasons. The recent 8-15mm zoom, however, is the preferred lens today, though bigger.

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