Nikkor AF 10.5mm f/2.8G ED DX Fisheye - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Images

Here're a couple of sample images taken with the Nikon D80 and RAW-converted via Nikon Capture NX - consequently the CAs have been corrected here.

The images were kindly supplied by Dr. Thomas Rubach!.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D80
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 10.5mm
Exposure Data: f/9.5 @ 1/350s
Size 3872x2592
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D80
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 10.5mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/30s
Size 2592x3872
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D80
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 10.5mm
Exposure Data: f/11.0 @ 1/250s
Size 3872x2592
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D80
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 10.5mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/250s
Size 3872x2592

Verdict

The Nikkor AF 10.5mm f/2.8G ED DX Fisheye is a very decent performer with a very high resolution for most of the image frame. The primary weaknesses are chromatic aberrations (color shadows at the borders) and purple fringing (color blooming). Lateral CAs can be reduced rather easily via imaging tools but this is more difficult with PF. If the Nikkor and the Tokina 10-17mm are a guidance these weaknesses seem to be rather typical for this lens class. The high degree of barrel distortion is naturally a feature to enjoy and not a bug. The build quality of the lens is very high and regarding its super-compact size and low weight it should easily find its niche in your photo bag. At around 650€/US$ the Nikkor isn't exactly a cheap lens though.

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