Nikon Fisheye AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED sample images
The new AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is Nikon's first fisheye zoom lens. Nikon has had various fisheye lenses with a fixed focal length over the decades. For fullframe, there was the 16mm f/2.8. For DX, there was a 10.5mm fisheye. Both lenses gave a field of view of 180 degrees measured over the diagonal, if you used them with the sensors for which they were intended. The new AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm replaces both. In the 15mm mode, it is a field-filling fisheye for fullframe you can easily zoom out a bit until the edges of the circle no longer appear in frame. On fullframe in the 8mm mode, the lens can also give a completely circular image. That means it should also be possible with these two lenses and two full-frame cameras to create a complete 360-degree image for virtual reality.
The lens is also, in contrast with what we thought at the introduction, delivered with a lens hood. This is not usable on fullframe, but depending on the zoom mode, it does stay outside the frame when you use the lens on DX. The AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm is a unique lens for special creative applications. We will soon publish the complete review on CameraStuffReview. Here is a sampling of the quality that you can expect from the AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED.