Nikkor AF 10.5mm 2.8G Fisheye

The newest addition to my kit is Nikon’s ultra-wide 10.5mm fisheye lens. With a 15mm full frame equivalent focal length on a Nikon DX body and a full 180 degree angle of view, this lens really takes it all in. I’ve had it for a little under a week, and I must say, this is the most fun I’ve had in a long time with a lens. If you’ve been on the fence about picking up a fisheye, just go ahead and get one already!

The top image was taken this past Friday at San Francisco’s AT&T park. The Giants played the Cardinals (and won!). When I found out that our seats were going to be way up in the highest part of the stadium, I was actually pretty happy. From such a high vantage point, you can take a great ultra-wide shot of the entire stadium with the 10.5 fisheye. Here are a few more images I took during this past week with the 10.5. Enjoy!

Camera Specs: Nikon D300s + Nikkor AF DX Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED

14 thoughts on “Nikkor AF 10.5mm 2.8G Fisheye

  1. That is so trippy bro! Great use of it. On the last one, does anyone turn around on a quiet BART train when they hear the ‘cha-chunk’ of a D300s shutter?

    Now I want one!

    “Go out and get one”
    Ha! No tax refund for me, man!

  2. these shots are way too cool, especially the one with the escalator. Jon, as I recall Nikon doesn’t make a fisheye for FX or do they? I always think of lens in terms of FX in case I upgrade my camera one of these days (years)…
    looking forward to more of your fun shots with the new toy!!

    1. Hey thanks Jay!

      Nikon does indeed make a fisheye for FX, the Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D. And glad you noticed that detail (very you to notice haha). I’ll probably throw that one on flickr one of these days. =)

  3. Hi Jonathan!
    Thanks for the fisheye pics. Very nice! How long have you had the Nikon 300s? Do you travel with it much? Is the weight a problem? What other lenses do you carry when you travel?
    I had an Lx3. Traded it due to lack of zoom for a Fz35. Miss the Lx3’s low light performance. Still pondering SLR. Money and weight are issues.

    1. Thanks for visiting!

      To answer your questions, I’ve been shooting with the D300s for about seven months now, and I definitely take it with me every time I travel.

      I usually carry three zooms and one prime on my trips, the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC, Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8, and Nikkor 35mm f1.8G, though my new fisheye is so compact, I’ll probably include that in my packing list on my next trip as well! Is the weight a problem? Not for me. When touring, I’ll usually have the camera in my hand the entire day, with one or two lenses stowed in my shoulder bag.

      If weight is a big issue for you, however, you probably wouldn’t want the D300s. If you’re used to shooting with a compact camera like the LX3, a D300s is going to feel like lugging an anvil around. You might consider a camera like the Nikon D5000 if you’re looking to pack light.

      1. Thanks Jonathan!
        Obviously, you think Tokina lenses are good. I will have to look into them more. I thought the D5000 didn’t have a motor in it’s body. That means I would have to manually focus am I correct?


  4. Chris,

    You’d only have to manual focus on a D5000 if you mounted a lens on it that doesn’t itself have a built-in focus motor. This is not as limiting as you may think. Nikon, Tamron, and Sigma all manufacture a broad line of lenses with built-in motors that allow auto-focus with non-motor bodies like the D5000.

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