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
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)
Cheaper $279.00 vs $1,255.42
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The best price we've seen is $976 cheaper (4.5x less)
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

Olympus M.Zuiko  17mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8

Low light lens

$300 - $449

Auto focus Auto focus
Diameter Smaller diameter
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
Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8

Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8

Lens

$830 - $999

Auto focus Auto focus
Diameter Smaller diameter
Aperture Narrower aperture

Nikon Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D Competitors

Nikon Nikkor  14mm f/2.8D ED

Nikon Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED

Wide angle lens

$1,347

Fisheye Not a fisheye
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Wide angle lens

$1,401 - $1,600

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Zoom range Slightly more zoom
Fisheye Not a fisheye
Nikon Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED DX

Nikon Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED DX

Fisheye lens

Magnification Slightly more magnification

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