Nikon AF DX Fisheye 10.5mm f/2.8G ED

June 25th, 2009 37 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

The main application of this lens is rad special effects for skateboarding and in-the-water surfing shots. Other nuts will use this for just about anything crazy. Get close to your subject and watch out. Caution: people have been killed getting too close to airplane propellers; you really will think you are further away than you really are.

The only lines that stay straight with this lens are lines or line segments that would pass through the center of the image. All other lines are bowed out away from the center.

The 10.5mm isn’t for film cameras. Use the 16mm fisheye on film or full-frame sensor digital cameras.

Used on a film camera the 10.5mm will have black edges as you can see here. You may want to cut off the built-in lens guard to get more of the image on film, but you really should just use the 16mm fisheye instead. Even with the lens guard chopped off you still won’t get a full 180 degree circle with the 10.5mm lens on a 24 x 36mm image; the diagonal of the 10.5mm lens is about a 28 mm circle.

Nikon AF DX Fisheye 10.5mm f/2.8G ED