TrueToad Digital Imaging, News and Reviews, Nikon, Camera Lens Reviews, Nikkor,
NIKON 16mm AF Fisheye Review
TrueToad / Tuesday, April 19, 2016 / Categories: Reviews

NIKON 16mm AF Fisheye Review

Wide Eyed Wonder

This lens is one of my favorites. It offers Full-frame, 180-degree fisheye coverage using Nikon's D-type autofocus lens technology.  All I can say is I love this lens, and worth every prime penny I paid for it.  Although I do not use it as often as other lenses the photos I do take with it I truly enjoy, some on this site use this lens.  It is awesome. The lens is almost fish eye perfection if there is such a thing.

The biggest benefit for me is (1) the extremely wide field of view it can capture and (2) The Nikon 16mm lens is so small and light it almost always stays with me tucked away in my bag and (3) the lens focuses very close, giving you a macro like an effect. (4) The overall performance is excellent and due to the extreme coverage, fast aperture hand holding in low light is a snap.

I purchased this lens several years ago and today it still remains one of my favorites. As I have stated elsewhere this lens is light, and a great addition to your photo bag. 

Sometimes I see people make comments like "why hasn't Nikon upgraded the lens"?  I think the answer is especially this case; Nikon has released a 8 - 16mm fisheye providing both a circular and diagonal lens with one fisheye zoom.  However, this little 16mm lens is a small,  light and fast fisheye as you can get so for lower light conditions, this is a perfect choice.

I bought this gem years ago and the price now is higher - inflation I guess. 

Overall I am very pleased with the purchase and the lens has performed extremely well over the years - and I now have the newer Nikon 8-16 fisheye zoom to add to my fisheye fetish.

Should you buy a fisheye? For those photographers starting out, I recommend you hold off on the fisheye and use your coins for other more practical day to day primes, then as you complete you need to have then buy a nice to have fisheye.

True Toad Recommends one for your bag!

Rate this article:
Photographer's Notes

Nikon's best diagonal fisheye lens. A specialized lens that can bring excitement to your photography. 

Best uses are with a FX sensor camera, but can be used on a DX.

  • Nikkor 8-15mm Fisheye
  • Sigma 8mm F3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye
  • Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D
Camera Body
  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D800

More links


I live at the edge of the forest in semi-moist locations, I enjoy larva, and other delights. Although I am toothless and mostly warty, I am a sight to see.

Other posts by TrueToad
Contact author

Please login or register to post comments.


More Reviews Here

Nikon 600mm F/5.6 ED PF Lens

Nikon is said to be ready to announce the release of their newest super telephoto - the 600mm F/5.6 ED PF lens.  This will be their second Phase Fresnel lens the first being the awesome 300mm.  I am very excited to see this newest lens and run through the technical details as it relates to weight, compactness, and sharpness.  All of which are expected to be superior.

Read more

Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 Lens Review

This is one of my sharpest lens I own, It is amazing as compared to any other lens available on the market. If you can forget about the size, weight and money you spent on it – it can offer your great photos. This lens uses two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and PGM aspherical lenses control chromatic aberrations while enhancing sharpness and contrast. Boy is it sharp!
Read more

Nikon 28mm f/1.4 vs 24mm f/1.4

After a year of searching, test driving two great lenses the 28mm and 24mm f/1.4 for my D850 my search has ended and the choice are one of the two great lenses... Read on to find out what I decided and purchased.

Read more

Camera and Lens Dry Box

A dry box is normally a metal cabinet with a lockable rubber-sealed door with glass panes that allow the owner to view the contents of the dry box.  These dry boxes have LCD displays that indicate the ambient temperature (in Fahrenheit or Celsius), relative humidity, and other settings. Interior LED lights make viewing your camera and lens much easier. The dry boxes have shelving that is both padded and adjustable. So do you need one for your camera gear... Read more

Nikon D850

Buy a Nikon D850

Nikkor 400mm ED FL Lens


Great Gear

Terms Of UsePrivacy StatementCopyright 2017 TrueToad
Back To Top