Nikon has launched three new wide angle lenses; the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED and AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8–15mm f/3.5–4.5E ED full-frame lenses, plus the AF-P DX NIKKOR 10–20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens for APS-C format.
The new AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8–15mm f/3.5–4.5E ED is billed as Nikon’s first fisheye zoom lens for full-frame cameras. Let’s take a quick look at each lens one by one.
AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8–15mm f/3.5–4.5E ED
It’s not the only fisheye zoom lens around, but the AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8–15mm f/3.5–4.5E ED lens is the first of its kind by Nikon.
When set to 8mm, the lens offers a 180° horizontal and vertical angle of view that creates a full circular fisheye effect, with maximum f/3.5 aperture. Zoom in to 15mm and the lens covers a diagonal 180° angle of view, with maximum f/4.5 aperture.
The lens is ‘dust and drip resistant’ and features a minimum focus distance of 0.16m. Close focusing is pretty much essential for fisheye lenses.
The Canon equivalent – which has been around for a number of years now – has a maximum aperture of f/4 at all focal length settings.
AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED
The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED lens joins the growing range of Nikon’s more premium priced f/1.4 maximum aperture lenses, which includes the 24mm, 35mm, 58mm and 105mm f/1.4 lenses.
These lenses are designed to get the most out of the more recent high resolution full-frame Nikon DSLRs. The promise of sharp detail and control over depth of field is likely to be popular with landscape and wedding photographers in particular.
Like most of Nikon’s full-frame lenses of the last two years, the new 28mm is an ‘E’ lens which is different to ‘G’ and ‘D’ lenses. E lenses cannot be used with older DSLR bodies, so be sure to check out compatibility with your camera.
In short, ’E’ lenses incorporate an electromagnetic diaphragm (aperture blade) mechanism, while ‘G’ and ‘D’ lenses operate mechanically.
Given the price and the performance of other Nikkor lenses in this line up, the ‘dust and drip resistant’ AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED promises to be nothing less than a worthy paring to Nikon latest full-frame DSLRs.
AF-P DX NIKKOR 10–20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Offering a full-frame equivalent focal length of 15-30mm, the AF-P DX NIKKOR 10–20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR is a competitively priced ultra-wide angle zoom lens for Nikon’s APS-C format cameras such as the Nikon D500 and D7500.
Featuring a 0.22m minimum focus distance, Vibration Reduction (VR) and Nikon’s AF-P Stepping Motor, we expect a lens that handles itself well. VR expands the situations when one gets sharp shots, while the Stepping Motor gives smooth and quiet focusing ideal for videos.
Pricing and availability
The RRP and availability of the three lenses are as follows.
AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED: £2,079.99/€2,479.00, June 29th
AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8–15mm f/3.5–4.5E ED: £1,299.99/€1,549.00, June 15th
AF-P DX NIKKOR 10–20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR: £329.99/€389.00, June 29th
For more information about the lenses, please visit the Nikon website.