Using a fisheye lens is a great way to create fun and unique images. They are useful for interiors, architectural shots, landscapes, and nature, and really just about any type of photograph. Although you may not use the fisheye lens as often as some others in your kit, it can still be a good addition.

On this page we’ll highlight the best fisheye lenses for Nikon users. Compared to other types of lenses, fisheyes are affordable and lightweight, two things that are easy to like.

When you are looking at and comparing fisheye lenses it is important to understand the difference between circular and diagonal fisheye effects. A circular fisheye lens creates black edges around a circular image that floats in the center of the frame. See the image below as an example of a photo created by a circular fisheye.

Circular Fisheye

Photo by Nigel Howe / CC BY 2.0

A photo created by a diagonal fisheye will not have the black edges. Instead, the image will fill the frame at there will be significant distortion, especially near the edges of the photo. The photo below is an example of a photo created with a diagonal fisheye.

Diagonal Fisheye

Photo by Marc Andre

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The Best Fisheye Lenses for Nikon

8. Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens

This fisheye lens from Lensbaby is affordably priced and a nice entry-level option. This is a circular fisheye lens that is intended for cameras with APS-C sensors. It can be used on full frame cameras, but the circular image will be smaller at the center of the frame. This is a manual focus lens, with no function for autofocus.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 5.8mm
  • aperture range: f/3.5 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: no
  • weight: 10.5 oz.
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Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens

7. Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens

The Rokinon 8mm will give you a diagonal fisheye effect on APS-C senors with a 180 degree angle of view. On full frame sensors it will create a circular fisheye effect. This is also a manual focus only lens. If you are looking for a quality fisheye lens at a low price, this is an excellent option, as long as you are ok without autofocus.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 8mm
  • aperture range: f/3.5 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: no
  • weight: 14.7 oz.
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Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens

6. Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Lens

The Rokinon 12mm fisheye is another good option. Unlike the 8mm, this 12mm lens produces a diagonal fisheye effect on full frame sensors with a 180 degree angle of view. This is also a manual focus only lens. Although it is priced higher than the two previous lenses, this one is still priced very affordably.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 12mm
  • aperture range: f/2.8 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: no
  • weight: 17 oz.
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Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Lens

5. Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX NH Fisheye 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens

The Tokina 10-17mm fisheye is the first lens on this list to offer zoom capabilities and autofocus (on a camera body with an autofocus motor). While the 10-17mm may not seem like a big range, there is a very significant difference between 10mm and 17mm. The autofocus is a nice option as well. On cameras with full frame sensors this lens with create a rectangular fisheye effect at 17mm, and will begin to get a circular effect with some black edges as it moves to 10mm.  On an APS-C sensor it will always be a diagonal effect.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 10-17mm
  • aperture range: f/3.5 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: yes
  • weight: 12.3 oz.
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Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX NH Fisheye 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens

4. Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens

The Sigma 8mm fisheye produces a circular fisheye effect on both full frame and APS-C sensors with a 180 degree angle of view. This lens does offer autofocus, for cameras with an AF motor. While the price is near the higher end for lenses on this list, if you are looking for a quality circular fisheye lens with autofocus, this is a good option.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 8mm
  • aperture range: f/3.5 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: yes
  • weight: 14 oz.
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Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens

3. Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens

The Sigma 15mm fisheye produces a diagonal fisheye effect for both full frame and APS-C sensors, with a 180 degree angle of view. It also offers autofocus, for cameras with an AF motor. This is a quality lens that comes in a good bit cheaper than the Sigma 8mm fisheye. If you are looking for an affordable diagonal fisheye, this is an excellent option.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 15mm
  • aperture range: f/2.8 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: yes
  • weight: 13 oz.
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Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens

2. Nikon AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED Lens

This lens is for Nikon DX format DSLRs (APS-C sensors). It produces a diagonal fisheye effect with a 180 degree angle of view. It features autofocus, and this is a high-quality lens that will produce excellent images. If you have an APC-sensor and you want to go with a Nikon NIKKOR lens, this is the choice. It is priced near the top of lenses on this list, but still an affordable lens.

  • For APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 10.5mm
  • aperture range: f/2.8 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: yes
  • weight: 10.8 oz.
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Nikon AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED Lens

1. Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens

Our top-ranked fisheye lens for Nikon is the NIKKOR 16mm. It creates images with a diagonal fisheye effect and a 180 degree angle of view. This is a high-quality lens, and it’s also the highest-priced lens on our list. Still, it is reasonably priced and is an excellent option. If you’re using a camera with an APS-C sensor you will probably want to go with the 10.5mm lens mentioned previously, but for full frame users this is the top choice.

  • For full frame or APS-C sensors
  • focal range: 16mm
  • aperture range: f/2.8 – f/22
  • image stabilization: no
  • autofocus: yes
  • weight: 10.1 oz.
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Nikon AF Fisheye-NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8D Lens

How to Choose the Right Fisheye Lens for You

Just about any time you are buying photography equipment the budget will come into play. All of the lenses on this list are priced below $1,000, as of the time of publication. Some of them are as low as a few hundred dollars, so you can get a quality fisheye lens without spending a fortune.

A big factor in your choice of lens will be your preference for a circular or diagonal fisheye effect. Some of the lenses on this list create a diagonal fisheye on APS-C sensors and a circular fisheye effect on full frame sensors. Others are either circular or diagonal all the time. Decide which type of effect you prefer and your choice will become much easier.

The last major factor to consider is do you want or need autofocus. The cheaper lenses on this list are manual focus only. That is not a big deal to some people, but having autofocus is essential to others. It’s just a matter of deciding what is best for you.

Are you a Canon user? See our Reviews of the Best Fisheye Lenses for Canon.