Confirmed: Nikon to announce a new NIKKOR AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye lens


The Japanese website Nokishita confirmed on Twitter that one of the upcoming new Nikon lenses will be:

Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye lens

This information matches with what I have been reporting for the past few weeks.

Update #1: The prices of the three new lenses can be found here.

Update #2: Here is the patent for the new lens:

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  • TheInfinityPoint

    HA! I totally called it!!! W00t! I knew it would be a fisheye when I saw someone comment that there will be a new lens cap also released (LC-K102).

  • Excellent news

  • outkasted

    WHOA MAMA!

  • Melkor

    Hoping for a full frame lens… [salivating]

    • TheInfinityPoint

      Most likely, since they discontinued their only (up until now) full frame fisheye 16mm f/2.8D which was really starting to show age on digital sensors. The 10.5mm crop frame fisheye is actually really good and sharp, so no need to replace that anytime soon.

      • Eskil Ginman

        It is AF, not AF-S though. That’s one thing to improve.

        • TheInfinityPoint

          Well sure might as well add all of Nikon’s bells and whistles haha. Seriously though, the depth of field for a fisheye is so large one doesn’t *really* need super fast AF speeds.

          • Eskil Ginman

            It would be nice to have a fisheye that works on D3000- and D5000-series that does not have built-in AF-motors.

            • morcheeba

              Good point, but this lens costs at least 2x the price of those cameras. It’s also an FX lens, while those cameras are DX. They’ll fit together, but I’d expect the people who want to make the most of the lens will already have a different body.

            • Eskil Ginman

              The 10.5 mm fisheye is a DX-lens. Even though it is a good one it is getting old. And with no replacement in sight I would take this new zoom-fisheye is intended to replace the 10.5 mm as well. It is in line with Nikons contemporary policy of not making any serious lenses for DX but instead selling FX-lenses to DX-users.

          • vriesk

            You haven’t really shot overly excited animals up close with a fisheye, have you?
            I have two fisheyes just because of that. One is the optically superb Samyang 12mm f/2.8, the other is the somewhat worse Sigma 15mm f/2.8, but it has autofocus.

      • Allen_Wentz

        Agreed the 10.5mm DX lens is a good one. I use it on both DX and FX, and am interested to see how it performs on the new D8xx when it comes out.

        Usually I do not set the FX camera to auto-crop, preferring instead to capture all of the available image and then crop in post.

        • Eskil Ginman

          Have you sawed off the lens hood then?

  • Richard Haw

    would have been useful to me when I am still doing CGI with live elements. If this lens has a circular format on one end and a rectilinear one on the other then it solves my problem of having 2 lenses in my bag just to shoot light probes.

  • Tadao_Isogai

    Nokishita_c’s Twitter feed is certainly worth following of late

  • Adrian Gopal

    Nice. Any indication on price?

  • whisky

    rumor of this lens has been floating around for a couple of years now. really glad if it finally sees the light of day. the Fx system could really use this.

    • PhilK

      Seems to me it’s designed to directly counter the Canon 8-15 fisheye zoom that has been on the market for 6 years now. (Announced in 2011, shipped in 2011)

      So… not exactly groundbreaking. But good they finally did this.

  • Nokishita listed 240,400 yen as the price.

  • Hans J

    Nice! Sounds like a cool lens. Like the f3.5 at the wide end.

    • MyrddinWilt

      I doubt it will make a lot of difference. Pretty much everything from a couple of feet to infinity is going to be in focus.

      • Eric Duminil

        It’s also brighter 😉

  • MyrddinWilt

    This makes a lot of sense given that we are in the age of photoshop and the image from the camera is only the starting point for photography.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    Admin, is the 3rd lens still going to be a cheap DX UWA?

  • John Mackay

    This fish eye is full frame right?

    • PhilK

      Surely, as Canon has had a FF version for 6 years already.

  • Steve

    Well this was in high demand!

  • Manuth Chek

    When can we get the 135mm f/1.8? The DC version is even older than me!

    • Just Me

      Then you’re probably too young to be using it! 😉

  • Dino Brusco

    Uhm, being a fisheye it should be always 180° wide, so what does a zoom mean here?

    • Mistral75

      Circular fisheye at the shortest focal length, diagonal fisheye at the longest focal length.

  • Lan Jay

    Finally there’s a counterpart of Canon 8-15 F4L

    • PhilK

      Only took 6 years. 😀

  • Amir

    f/3.5-4.5??Wait,what??

  • 247th

    The price isn’t going to break me either.

  • Sebastian

    In terms of FX lenses, Nikon is strong as ever. Excellent updates for old favorites and some unexpected potential new favorites. Like the 200-500. DX is a different story. But even so, lenses are not their problem.

  • PhilK

    Obviously designed to directly counter the 8-15mm EF fisheye from Canon which has been on the market for 6 years now. (Announced in 2010)

    Better late than never I guess. 😉

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