The AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED, an important addition to the DX Nikkor lens lineup, the first fisheye lens designed specifically for digital SLR photography is also the first to achieve a full-frame 180 degree picture angle. The ultra-wideangle focal length of 10.5mm brings digital camera users a picture angle equivalent to that of a 16mm fisheye lens on a 35mm  format camera.
The lens is targeted at Nikon DX Format digital SLR camera users who seek the unique visual effects a full-frame fisheye lens lends to landscape and other shots, to taking close-ups, or when shooting within vehicles or other tight interiors.
The AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED excels at shooting extreme close-ups. Combining a minimum focus distance of just 3cm (1.2 in.) from the front of the lens with Nikon's Close-Range Correction (CC) System ensures sharp results.
The "Fisheye to Wideangle Transformation" function in the optional Nikon Capture 4 software package transforms diagonal fisheye images shot using the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED to ultra-wideangle photos, (by transforming the type of projection). This is an appealing new feature made possible only with digital photography and with the Nikon Total Imaging System.
Optical and close-range focusing performance are both optimized for Nikon DX Format digital SLR cameras. An ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element minimizes chromatic aberration for clear, natural colors, and the rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening ensures a natural look to out-of-focus elements.
This G-type Nikkor lens is designed with no aperture rings. Its operation is easy and virtually mistake-free because the aperture does not have to be set to minimum. The compact, lightweight design fits comfortably in the hand. And photographers at all levels will be pleased with its outstanding cost performance.
Note: This lens is not compatible with 35mm  or IX 240 format film SLR cameras.
The true focal length of the new AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED is 10.5mm with a picture angle of 180°. The combination of reduced picture angle and a smaller image circle enabled the creation of the first fisheye lens in the DX Nikkor lineup.
Most Liked Positive Review
Watch where your feet are!
What a blast this lens is...talk about being creative through the lens! Take your serious side, put this lens in, and whoaaaaa...a whole new world in which to see things with it's 180 degree view. WARNING: Watch those feet, as your toes creep into the frame if you aren't careful. Bend your rigid self and have fun with the clarity of this lens! Absolutely worth the bucks...you seriously will not get tired of having this in your bag!
Reviewed by 94 customers
My decision to purchase this lens was the intention to just have fun with it. The images from a fisheye are so playful to begin with that its perspective isn't going to be as we see things normally. The 10.5mm f/2.8G has a minimum focus distance of just over an inch that I can get so close to my subject and let the horizon curve at the distance. The fast aperture is nice using available light when the sun is just beyond the horizon. Images comes out clear and sharp. The lens itself is small and light so is not tiring to use all day. I've had the 10.5mm f/2.8G a couple of years now and it has become more than what I expected to use it for. I used it during my travels at landmarks and was able to capture huge structures into frame while I was directly in front of one instead of at a far away distance. It was helpful covering corporate events to show the large attendance. My favorite though will have to be the fun using it to photograph my Pomeranian during our travels and adventure. I hope you have room in your camera bag for the 10.5mm f/2.8G to explore your creative possibilities and express your passion.
If you like to PLAY ... EXPLORE images that you can not see ... And just get in real close and see what you can come up with, this is the lens for you! I have wanted one for years ... But always thought it was just a toy lens, and what would a real photographer do with one anyways? Then I bought one ... And found out that yes, it is a toy lens, and yes, it is a riot to shoot with. Have fun. See things with a new "twist", add graphic lines and shapes to things that don't have graphic lines and shapes ... A real joy to use. I took it into my college photography class and just let students walk around and shoot with it ... It really got them to get in there close and look ... Really look at design within their images. I am looking forward to getting out and shooting the Milky Way and the night skies out West. "Into the great wide-open" ... A great ART lens ... A new way to see, shoot, and explore lines, shapes, and all that you can cram into one frame ... One crazy frame!
On a DX body minimal edge fall off, not the super wide angles of years ago however not the price of them. Anyone that needs the maximum wide angle for a DX body this is the lens. Nikon Qualify. I have used only Nikon product since 1964 and am a retired Medical Photographer.
Just got this lens used from Adorama, and have tested it out on both my D300 and D610 in various situations, both in low and regular light. Results were very good on the D300 with some fringing which was easily corrected using Camera Raw in Photoshop. Image quality is very good, with good sharpness throughout. One thing I did notice was that when in Camera Raw I use the profile for this lens (changing the typical curved fisheye look to look more like an extreme wide-angle lens), the image tended to look soft at the edges. I would recommend that for this lens, it is best not to use the profile in Camera Raw unless you are looking for that type of effect. The real surprise was when I mounted it on my D610. The camera is set to automatically switch from FX to DX mode when a DX lens in mounted. (Basically, it's using a the portion of the FX sensor roughly the size of a DX sensor.) The results were actually better on the 610. This may be also due to the sensor on the 610 being much improved over the older 300, but in any case, it's nice to know that I can use it on either camera. Overall, I am please with the lens and recommend it. While it won't replace my super-wideangle lenses, it will be a great alternative. I also highly recommend looking at the used lenses that Adorama has as a way to save money but still get reliable equipment. I've purchased several used lenses and a camera from them with little or no problems. Any problems that did show up were quickly and professional taken care of by their staff.
Below is a photo I took with the Nikon 10.5mm "fisheye" lens in the press box of the home of the Boston Red Sox--Fenway Park. This lens has amazing resolution and infinite depth of field, even at large apertures. The railing near my feet and the center field scoreboard are equally in focus. This image was taken with a Nikon D200 camera body at a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second (hand held), an aperture of f/4, an ISO of 400, Auto White Balance, and Center Weighted Metering.
Love my new specialty glass for fun photos that "bend" trees, buildings and exaggerate my subject matter. This is not an everyday lens but if you have some extra cash for some excellent glass to add to your Nikon lens collection, you can't go wrong here. Don't be afraid to get really close...art is the result.
I have waited along time to add this lens to my collection and I am very happy with it so far, I had tried a cheaper manual focus lens at one point but I sent it back.
I'm a big fan of wide and ultra wide angle lenses, and always wanted a linier fisheye for that something extra. This lens delivers. Super sharp, with amazing DOF. I can put it in my pocket when I walk around for that different perspective so it usually comes along when I go out to shoot. I often use it vertically for doorways, windows and buildings. the fisheye effect can be easily corrected in Capture NX2 for great ultra wide shots if desired.
This lens is sharp, fast, wide & fun! I took it out of the box, snapped it on my camera, and went out shooting. The lens has worked flawlessly ever since. I intend to use this lens for astrophotography...just waiting for a clear night.
This was a great buy. It's bright and fast-focusing, and the images are sharp to the edges. We are using this mostly for landscape photography. So far, it's perfect for capturing that single flower close-up with the background landscape in good focus.