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Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens
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Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens

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The AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED len offers 180 degree angle-of-view.

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With the introduction of the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens Nikon fulfills a promise of addressing photographers' needs for wider angle-of-view coverage in digital SLR cameras. These new lenses not only offer Nikon digital SLR photographers the broadest options for wide-angle coverage, but also significantly reduce the size of the lenses they have to carry - without any change in performance or angle-of-view. The AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED len offers 180 degree angle-of-view.

At 180 degree diagonal angle-of-view, the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED is not only Nikon's first fisheye lens designed for digital SLRs, but also the first to offer such a wide picture-angle for any digital camera. It features optimized optical performance with close range focusing up to a mere 5.5 inches for extreme close-ups. Innovative Close-Range Correction (CRC) technology ensures consistently crisp, sharp images. This palm-sized lens is small and lightweight, and its compact design is exemplary of the potential of DX-Nikkor to reduce lens size and offer added convenience to Nikon digital SLR users.

Nikon engineers determined that by reducing the diameter of the lens' image circle (the image it projects on the DX format sensor), a range of lenses with practical size and excellent performance could be developed. Originally designed to address the market's need for wider angle-of-view, high-performance optics for digital SLR photography, DX-Nikkor lenses offer advantages of compact and lightweight design, fast aperture and fast autofocus through Nikon's Silent Wave Motor design. By optimizing them for Nikon's DX-format image sensors used in all Nikon D-series digital SLR's, these lenses achieve outstanding center-to-edge-to-corner image quality. All DX-Nikkor lenses are compatible with all Nikon D-series digital SLR cameras, including the D1, D1X, D1H, D100 and the new high-speed D2H.

While photographers will enjoy the incredible depth of field and unique perspective characteristics of this fisheye lens, they can also double it as an ultra-wide angle lens using Nikon's optional Capture 4.0 software's unique 'Fisheye-to-Rectilinear Image Transformation' capability. With the click of a button, Capture 4.0 instantly transforms fisheye images taken with this lens into straight lined, rectilinear images. The software offers a choice of cropping the image vertically or horizontally, during the transformation process, and gives an outstanding 110 degree angle-of-view when oriented horizontally.

  • Ultra wide picture angle of 180-degree on DX sensor achieved by producing a smaller image circle (the size of the image that is projected by the lens on to the sensor) enabling smaller lens diameter, lighter weight and optimal image quality from center-to edge-to-corner on the image.
  • Equivalent to 16mm focal length on 35mm
  • Minimum focus distance of 0.14m (5.5 in.), or 0.03m (1.2 in.) from the lens front, makes extreme close-ups possible
  • Close-Range Correction (CRC) provides high performance for sharper images when taking pictures up close
  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element minimizes chromatic aberration
  • Design enables a combination of wider angle-of-view with optical characteristics that are optimized for Nikon digital SLR camera sensors
  • Nikon D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes
  • Rounded diaphragm to make out-of-focus elements appear more natural
  • G Type DX Nikkor is designed exclusively for use with Nikon Digital SLR models
  • Built-in Flower Type lens Hood
  • Fully Compatible with D1, D1X, D1H, D2H and D100
  • Focal Length: 10.5mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • Picture Angle (D1): 180-degree
  • Lens Construction: 10 elements in 7 groups
  • Extra Low Dispersion (ED) Lens: 1 ED Element
  • Minimum Shooting Distance: Approx. 5.5 inches
  • Max. Reproduction Ratio: 1/5 (0.20)
  • Minimum F stop: 22
  • Aperture Blade: 7 elements (Rounded)
  • Lens Hood: Built-In Flower Type
  • Filter Size: Rear of lens, Gel filter holder built-in
  • Case: Soft case: optional
  • Diameter x Length: Approx. 2.5x 2.5 inches
  • Weight: Approx. 10.8 oz.

Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens Reviews


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Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (9)
  • Easily interchangeable (7)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (7)
  • Consistent output (6)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Special effects (9)
    • General purpose (5)
    • Night photography (3)
    • Professional work (3)
    • Sports/action (3)
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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love this lens!

    By GraybeardJ

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Buildingsarchitecture
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Newsphotojournalism
      • people

      Comments about Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens:

      I cover news and events for a government agency and this lens adds a new perspective to what are normally pretty static and run-of-the-mill assignments.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So wide you will never miss the shot!

      By Ski Resort Brent

      from Cleveland, Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Quick Focus
      • Sharp Focus

      Cons

      • Difficult to Clean

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens:

      I bought this lens on a trial basis to take with me to NYC. I had always used a wide-angle lens on video cameras and loved the result so why not for my D200. It took about a dozen picture to fall in love. This lens is very sharp on detail and great for low light.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Lens, tad pricey

      By almostanickname

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens:

        I use the product to shoot skateboarding maneuvers. The fisheye lens is the main component of skating documentaries and i love this lens for he job.

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        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        super wide angle!

        By hdphotography

        from south carolina

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Sharp Focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Special Effects

          Comments about Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens:

          the lens will not autofocus on a d40/d40x but will on the d80. i use this lens on my d80.
          i shoot alot of bands and do their promotional works, the bands LOVE the fisheye effect! they are always pleased with their funky shots!

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          (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic Lens!

          By Destiney

          from Fayetteville, NC, USA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Near-macro capability
          • Quick Focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Must be very close

          Best Uses

          • Close-up photography
          • General Use
          • Interior Architecture
          • Landscape Photography
          • Portraiture
          • Special Effects
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens:

          This is definitely my favorite lens as of yet.
          It can really make that one picture stand out with it's neat distortion and interesting perspective. You can use it just about anywhere and in any situation including landscape, cityscapes, interesting portraits, sports (esp. BMX and skateboarding), and so much more.
          This lens is very small and lightweight making it easy to take anywhere.
          The only real cons I can think of is the fact that you must be very close to your object because it's a 10.5mm lens, and you also have to be careful not to get the tips of your feet in the picture depending on how you angle it, haha!

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          (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Niche lens

          By Bob

          from San Diego

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Sharp Focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Scratches Easily

          Best Uses

          • Special Effects

          Comments about Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens:

          This is a fun lens to use. It's definitely a niche lens and not applicable to many situations.

          If you take a shot and want to reduce the barrel distortion, you can apply a filter such as the Image Trends Hemi to "straighten" most of the distortion, but still keep the 180 degree view.

          Here are before and after applying the filter.

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          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sick Photos With Every Shot!

          By Ryan

          from Charlotte, North Carolina

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • 180 degrees of view
          • Close Sharp Focus
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Easy To Clean
          • Strong Construction
          • Wide Range of View

          Cons

          • No Auto Focus
          • Scoop Causes Shadowing

          Best Uses

          • Close-up photography
          • Close-ups
          • General Use
          • Pets
          • Special Effects
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens:

          I love this lens! It was definitely one of the best things I've bought in a while. It's fun, easy to use, and has endless possibilities. Downtown areas are great places to get cool effects and so are forest areas. The only problem I have with it is when you use this lens at night with flash it has a shadowing effect that cuts the bottom and top half off, but this problem is resolved with the Speed Flash SB-600. Before i bought this lens I was looking for a fisheye with the "peephole" effect, but after I purchased this lens I switched my preference. I defenitely recommend this product to any fisheye enthusiast.

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          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By korea

          from san diego, CA

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Special Effects
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens:

            It is relly good!!

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            (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great lens

            By ilze

            from pittsburgh, pa

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Product Function

            Cons

            • Cant think of any

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Special effects
            • Traveling

            Comments about Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens:

            i got it and i absolutely love it, great lens for nature photography, nice effects

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            (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic lens

            By Big Fudge

            from New York, NY

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Sharp Focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional Work
              • Special Effects

              Comments about Nikon 10.5mm DX f/2.8 G IF-ED AF Lens:

              I used this lens for 2 days during a workshop. The pro who let me borrow it calls it his "secret weapon" and is "like crack"... and boy was he right! It is so fun to use, we shot mountain bikers doing jumps over us and the effect this lens creates is a joy. I bought one as soon as I got home. You can do very creative work and have loads of fun with this lens.

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