NiSi breaks into the lens market with their new wide-angle 15mm f/4 for mirrorless cameras

Jan 8, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

NiSi breaks into the lens market with their new wide-angle 15mm f/4 for mirrorless cameras

Jan 8, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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NiSi is expanding out into the world of photography lenses with the announcement of their first. It’s an ultra-wide-angle 15mm f/4 manual focus lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Not Panasonic ones, though. Although, it is also available for Fuji’s APS-C X mount system. The lens offers an aperture with 10 straight blades, to provide that “sunstar” look to light sources for use both during the day and at night.

On a full-frame camera, the lens offers an extremely wide 112° field of view – making its true focal length closer to 14.5mm – with a minimum focus distance of only 20cm. So, if you’re into those distorted close up shots with blurry backgrounds, then this lens may be worth taking a look at.

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As a manual focus lens, there’s a depth of field scale printed by the focus ring. Of course, the next step past 1.2 metres is infinity, so that’s only going to really be all that useful for close up subjects. In reality, if you’re stopped down to f/8, once you hit 1 metre, everything from about 60cm in front of your lens to the end of the universe is in focus.

Focal length15mm (22mm equiv on APS-C)
FormatFull-Frame
Max aperturef/4
Min aperturef/22
Diaphragm Blades10 (straight)
Optics12 elements in 10 groups
Angle of view112° (78° on APS-C)
Focus typeManual Focus
Min focus distance20cm
Filter thread72mm
Dimensions75.6 x 80.5mm
Weight470g
MountsNikon Z, Canon RF, Sony E, Fujifilm X
Launch priceUS$579 / £429 / €479

The lens is available in full-frame mounts for Nikon Z, Canon RF and Sony E. Surprisingly, though, it’s not available for L mount for Panasonic, Leica and Sigma cameras. It is, however, available for Fuji’s APS-C X Mount camera system, where it offers a slightly narrower 78° field of view. Naturally, the lens should also work on Nikon and Sony’s APS-C format mirrorless cameras, too.

 

NiSi’s new 15mm f/4 lens is available to buy now for $579 for folks in the USA and £429 & €479 for those in the UK & EU respectively and is shipping immediately. You can find out more about it on the NiSi website.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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