Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D lens listed as “end of life”

Two Romanian stores (fotohobbyshop and f64) have listed the AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D lens as "end of life". The lens is still listed as current on Nikon USA website. Romanian stores have been accurately publishing information on soon-to-be-discontinued products in the past (Nikon D3x and D3s).

Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D specifications (more info available here):

Year introduced 1993
Focal Length 16 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 180°
DX Picture Angle: 107°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.10x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:10
Groups/Elements 5/8
Diaphragm Blades 7
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Filter Thread None
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.5 x 2.2" (6.35 x 5.59 cm)
Weight 10.12 oz (287 g)
Price $899.95
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  • Foolishcfo

    Of course its listed as end of life since I purchased the D800 and the 16mm lens to compliment it!

  • John

    Hopefully this means a replacement is coming. This lens does not do well on high MP FX cameras. It needed AFS, better optical formula (like the 16/3.5 AI which is fantastic), upgraded coatings, and no more rear filters.

    Hopefully it will be soon. Has Nikon released a patent for a 16/2.8 AFS fisheye?

  • RamesesThe2nd

    I want to have a fish eye lens. but I don’t want to spend $900 on it. Hopefully, the price of the current lens will go down when a replacement comes out soon.

    • John

      I don’t think that has ever happened with Nikon – the replacement model usually costs more (or at least the same) as the model it replaced.

      • RamesesThe2nd

        I meant to say that when new model comes out the current 16mm model might become a little cheaper. I know there will be people who will dump their perfectly good 16mm fisheye for the new one, so I might be able to grab one on eBay for a little less. I have 16-35mm f/4, but I think fisheye will be a fun lens to carry around and take pics.

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      Go buy a samyang 8mm fish for only $300!

      • RamesesThe2nd

        I would if I had a DX camera. I need a full frame lens.

        • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

          Stick a teleconverter on it then! Then you will also be able to pick a photographer from the funny looks they give you!

    • The Sigma 15mm diagonal is pretty good.

      • RamesesThe2nd

        That lens sounds interesting. However, for $609, it is not that much cheaper than Nikon.

    • bparkin

      No need to spend a fortune. I kept using my manual focus 16mm when digital came along. I don’t bother to focus much since it’s depth of field is vast. Works great on my D3 and D800.

  • lorenzo

    Unless they announce a new one soon, Nikon has no FX fish eye, then; the 10.5 DX is still there, I guess. Just hope the potential replacement won’t be made of a poor quality or should get one now! Thanks for the news.

  • LaurentProulx

    Have you seen the little Dark Vadder in the lens photo 🙂

    • n11

      I think you mean “Vader”, but yes I do spot him, bug-eyed to!

      • Bullsnot

        I see Jesus… not sure what you guys are talking about.

        • AlphaTed

          I can see an image of a fetus (ultrasound-like).

  • David G.

    About time for an AF-S update ! If it’s good, I’m buying it !

    • MyrddinWilt

      Well maybe, only focusing isn’t really an issue with a fisheye. Stop it down just a hair and you have a hyperfocal range of a few feet to infinity. Shallow DoF is not really a desirable characteristic on a fisheye…

      As far as the Nikon range goes, the fisheye and micro lenses are both things that the CX line can do far better than any F-mount camera. Main use for fish eyes is to take the 360 degree shots people like. CX is perfectly adequate for that and the lack of a mirror box means that the lens can be a lot wider and still be cheaper and have less distortion (other than the fisheye look of course).

      Updating the FX and DX fish eyes is overdue and probably not a huge amount of work for Nikon. It is only finding space for an AFS motor, not like introducing a VR group. So it is worth doing as part of the AFS refresh of the line but would not be as high a priority for me as fixing the 80-400 which was always the prime evidence in favor of putting the lens in the motor in the first place.

  • Any word on the new af-s 105mm f/2, admin? Thought it’d be announced by now.

    • Yes, tis is one of the lenses that was rumored for years. No news on the replacement.

  • Daryl

    These are fun lenses, not sure they’re made for serious photography. Nikon, please make a lens similar to Canon’s 8-16mm zoom, make it sharp, keep flare to a minimum, distortion is okay 🙂

    • AlphaTed

      Not sure what you mean by serious photography, but it’s a specialized lens. Definitely can be a serious lens for those who can envision or has an eye to use it.

    • John

      If you don’t think a FE is for serious photography then you do not know how to use one effectively. My 16/3.5 AI is one of my sharpest and most used lenses on my D800 (and my D700 before that).

    • Kyoshi Becker

      Conons 8-15mm is no more serious than the 16mm except at the widest opening the canon doesn’t fill the frame. Learn to use one and then you can complain. I get many fantastic “serious” shots from my 10.5mm (dx equivalent)

      • Daryl

        Thanks everyone for input on these, I am happy to hear how serious you are about fisheyes, seriously 🙂 Mine is sitting on my D800 taking startrails as I type. I would like to see Nikon update these lenses with the recent improvements in optics. Kyoshi, a 10.5mm for a dx camera will be an easier lens to design than a 16mm for a fx and I would venture a guess it is optically superior to most full frame fisheyes. John, if you can tell me that your 16mm f3.5 is one of your sharpest lenses, I respectfully doubt you are shooting any of the excellent primes from Nikon, Zeiss or Leica R (modified). Wide angles from Nikon are good, not quite Zeiss good. Look at the edge of your frame, compare the image quality to the center, let me know what you see.

    • TL

      right on! a fisheye zoom would be sweet. a friend shot with his Canon in the Smokies and got some really cool shots.

  • Udo van Dongen

    YESSSSSSS!!!!! good news for all underwater photographers that recently switched from DX to FX. The only suitable close focus wide angle is now the sigma 15 mm, which is a flare monster… Hopefully Nikon is making a Fisheyezoom like the Pentax/Tokina 10-17 mm but then for FX.

  • saywhatuwill

    I use my 16mm fisheye all the time and love it. The only way I’d part with it is if Nikon came out with the fisheye-zoom like Canon’s offering (I’d say it’s more likely than a single focal length). Once again it’ll be bigger, heavier, and more expensive than the current model.

  • Plug

    D400 please.

  • Kyoshi Becker

    If nikon comes out with that patented 10mm f/4 fx Ill be happy if not bummer. Nikon used to be the king of wides having fisheyes and super wides for FX in 6mm, 8mm, 14mm, 14-24mm, 15mm, 16mm, 16-35mm, 17-35mm, and 18-35mm. For Dx the 10.5mm, 10-24mm, and the 12-24mm. Also back in the day the made a 4×5 45mm lens….

    We need a fresh fisheye or superwide nikon!

    • MyrddinWilt

      I have the DX version of the fish eye, it is decent enough for what I use it for.

      But what I really want is a lens that has that really cool bug eye look of the Nikon fisheyes from back in the day. Like the one used to make HAL in 2001.

      Oh come one, thats what everyone is really thinking.

  • Erik

    about time

  • Come on Nikon, reclaim your glory and announce a 16mm 1.4, o man would I kill for that!

  • Does anyone notice the little demon looking monkey in the first image of the lens? If you look closely you can see a head, eyes, mouth, and hands in the front element. I am now convinced this lens is possessed.

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