Nikon 8-15mm Zoom Fisheye Initial Thoughts and Images
Nikon 8-15mm FX AF-S f/3.5-4.5E ED Zoom Fisheye Review
By Mark B. Hatter
|Nikon 8-15mm Lens||Sigma 15mm Lens||Sigma 8mm Lens|
|Minimum Close Focus||6 inches||5.9 inches||5.3 inches|
|Focal Length Speed||F3.5-4.5||F2.8||F3.5|
|Lens Weight||16.95 oz||13.12 oz||14 oz|
In summary, after the most important stat, image quality (validated by Mustard and Rockwell), the Nikon 8-15mm also compared favorably in both close focus capability and weight. With the Nikon 8-15mm I could save almost 3/4 pound of weight and eliminate one lens from my kit to give me the same capability as I had with two separate lenses with superior image quality. This is no small matter in today’s weight restricted traveling. And while the Nikon 8-15mm lens is one stop slower than the Sigma’s 15mm prime, the single stop is inconsequential since we likely never shoot wide open f-stops underwater.
My conclusion? For FX (full frame) Nikon shooters, this is a killer lens and I no longer envy my Canon counterparts when it comes to full frame and circular fisheye capabilities.