differences

Reasons to consider the Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS

Has a silent focus motor Generic motor vs None
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Almost the same
Cheaper $254.00 vs $1,288.59
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The best price we've seen is $1,035 cheaper (5.1x less)
Wider aperture f/2 vs f/2.8
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At its widest, the 12mm f/2 NCS CS captures slightly more light (1 f-stop)
Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS Learn more about
the Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS

Reasons to consider the Nikon 16mm f/2.8D

Fisheye lens Yes vs No
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Fisheye lenses take extremely wide 'circular' looking images
Auto focus Yes vs No
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Smaller diameter 64 mm vs 73 mm
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More than 10% smaller lens at the end
Nikon Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D Learn more about
the Nikon 16mm f/2.8D

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Prime lens Fixed focal length prime lenses Help
Typically very sharp
Length Short Help
12mm f/2 NCS CS58 mm
16mm f/2.8D56 mm
Max focal length Poor telephoto Help
12mm f/2 NCS CS12 mm
16mm f/2.8D16 mm

competitors

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS Competitors

Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS

Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS

Low light lens

$489

Length Longer
Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR

Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR

Low light lens

Auto focus Auto focus
Aperture Wider aperture
Wide minimum Wider aperture
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC

Wide angle lens

$299

Length Longer

Nikon Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D Competitors

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.4G ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.4G ED

Low light lens

$1,600 - $1,997

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Fisheye Not a fisheye
Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Nikon F

Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Nikon F

Fisheye lens

$708

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Lowest price Cheaper
Aperture Narrower aperture
Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG

Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG

Fisheye lens

$606

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Lowest price Cheaper
Auto focus Auto focus

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