Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye lens: impressions and test shots


This guest post on the Nikkor 8-15mm lens ($1,246.95) is by Jeremiah Gilbert. You can check his work on his website and on Instagram. See also his previous [NR] guest posts herehere and here.


I have been shooting with a circular lens for the past two years, so I was very interested when Nikon announced their AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens last year. It is a full-frame lens that produces circular images at 8mm and frame-filling fisheye images at 15mm when used on an FX camera. Used on a DX camera, it fills part of the frame with black corners at 8mm, while at 11mm it fills the entire frame with a 180-degree diagonal view.

Recently I was able to test one of these lenses and thought I’d share my impressions and some of my test images. All images with this lens were shot using a Nikon Df camera. One of the first things I learned was that at any focal length less than 15mm, the included lens hood starts to come into the frame. The lower the focal length, the more the frame is affected. Below is an image straight out of camera shot at 11mm that shows the effect of keeping the lens hood on at that focal length.

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“Keep Looking Up” night sky timelapse


Introduction

Hello dear NikonRumors readers!

My name is Christophe Anagnostopoulos and I’ve been reading Nikon Rumors everyday for a long time now!

I’m very happy to present you my first personal night sky time-lapse project named “Keep Looking Up” which I filmed for over a year using mainly Nikon cameras and lenses.

I began filming on May 2016 until September 2017 with a lot of effort, as my main job at that period was demanding in terms of time and I only had one or two days per month to film. So I had to plan everything in detail before even leaving home, so as to make the best use of the time I had in my disposal:

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Nikon D750 in -75°F

THE FROZEN HELL - Nikon D750 with Nikkor 20mm f/1.8 lens in -75°F temperatures

On Saturday, January 6th, 2018, my friend Nathan and I climbed New York's seconds highest mountain, Algonquin Peak (5,115 ft) in the Adirondack Mountains to experience some of the coldest temperatures on earth. On this day, most of America was frozen over by the coldest weather of the season yet. The ambient temperature on the top of the mountain was -36°F with a 45 mile per hour wind, making it -75°F on the summit. It was by far the coldest experience I have ever had in my life. When something is hot enough, if you touch it, you can be burned easily. That was the same thing with this weather except the opposite. It was so cold that not only did I get wind burns on my face (I had goggles), but I burned my hand from touching a metal shovel that was connected to my backpack.

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A quick update on the rumored Nikon full-frame mirrorless camera Z-mount


A quick update on my last post about the rumored new full-frame mirrorless Z-mount from Nikon: the measurements I reported caused some confusion in the comments section - my understanding is that the external diameter of 49mm is the actual mount opening, the entire external diameter of the mount is going to be 65.4mm (just received this update):

  • Mount diameter (opening): 49mm
  • Total diameter of mount: 65.4mm
  • Flange focal distance: 16mm

The top graph by Eric Calabros shows a comparison between Nikon Z-mount and Sony E-mount: the Z-mount has more than 6 degrees advantage over E-mount (important for wide angle and fast lenses).

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The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens for Nikon F-mount is now $300 off



Amazon has another one of their short-term deals: the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens for Nikon F-mount is now $1,097.11 or $301.89/22% off (currently out of stock, but you can still order it, ships from and sold by Amazon.com). Based on similar offers in the past, this deal will end in the next few hours. Other US retailers sell the lens for full price.

Additional information on the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens can be found here.

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New EasyCover camera cases for Nikon D850 released



EasyCover announced new silicon cases for the Nikon D850 DLSR camera. Available in three different colors, the new sleeves are now listed for purchase at B&H (currently sold out).

EasyCover also offers cases for the following Nikon cameras (see all cases at Amazon & Adorama):

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