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

25 August 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:

  • universal fisheye lens for all types of Nikon system detectors,
  • solid and shapely barrel,
  • high image quality in the centre of field of view,
  • good image quality on the edge of the field,
  • slight longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • lack of any serious problems with spherical aberration,
  • good coma correction,
  • moderate astigmatism,
  • good performance against bright light,
  • silent, efficient, and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • too high lateral chromatic aberration at shorter focal lengths.

The Nikkor-AF-S Fisheye 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is a very unique lens; even if it fared just moderately well in our test it would be still recommendable due to its untypical construction, original uses and lack of any direct rivals. Mind you, the lens fared very well and, like the Canon 8-15 mm, it had just one flaw, connected to the correction of lateral chromatic aberration.

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Overall, we find both the Canon and the Nikkor similar when it comes to their parameters and performance. The Canon is a bit sharper in the centre, the Nikkor prevails at the edges due to a slightly lower chromatic aberration and a better coma correction. Anyway their rivalry seems to be purely theoretical as, having a reflex camera of a given system, you simply have to buy this or that particular lens. Fortunately your choice is easy as both constructions are definitely very well-done and completely recommendable.