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

25 August 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

6. Distortion

When it comes to a fisheye lens, any distortion measurement is a bit art for art’s sake because the mapping in this type of instruments is distorted by definition. It’s worth mentioning that with such wide angles of view the curvature of straight lines makes images more similar to the ones you see with your naked eye; they seem more natural than exaggerated distortions and deformations visible in the corners of ultra wide angle rectilinear lenses.

Following our research instinct we still want to share the values we got at particular focal lengths. On the smaller sensor of the Nikon D500 at 8 mm they oscillate close to -34%, at 12 mm they stay near -22%, and at 15 mm they decrease to -16%.

After passing to full frame at the shortest focal length the distortion reaches -45%, at 12 mm it decreases to -35% and then it stops by -26% at 15 mm.


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Nikon D500, 8 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S Fisheye 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED - Distortion
Nikon D500, 10 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S Fisheye 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED - Distortion
Nikon D500, 12 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S Fisheye 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED - Distortion
Nikon D500, 15 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S Fisheye 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED - Distortion

Nikon D3x, 8 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S Fisheye 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED - Distortion
Nikon D3x, 10 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S Fisheye 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED - Distortion
Nikon D3x, 12 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S Fisheye 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED - Distortion
Nikon D3x, 15 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S Fisheye 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED - Distortion