After seeing a number of people reaching out about fisheye lenses for Nikon d5600 cameras we decided to publish this article in an attempt to help any of our d5600 owning readers who are in this same situation. Unlike the majority of photography niches, fisheye photography tends to tickle the fancy of many people but few actually choose to try it.
Due to this, we have decided to feature two lenses in our article. The first is more of a serious lens with a higher price tag, better image quality, and better functionality. The second lens that we have chosen to feature comes with a much lower price tag and has been selected as a way for people to try their hand at fisheye photography with their d5600 without needing to spend too much money. Both of the lenses will mount directly to your d5600 and both have great reputations within the fisheye photography communities.
The Sigma 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
The Sigma 8mm will mount directly to your Nikon d5600’s lens mount without any need to purchase any third-party adaptors and can open up your d5600 to a truly unique angle of view. As the Sigma 8mm is a prime lens based around the 8mm focal length, you really are able to capture the subject of your photographs in a totally unique view that traditional lenses simply can’t match.
Although the vast majority of the functionality the Sigma 8mm offers performs perfectly, its low light performance has received a little criticism but from the reports that we were able to find directly mentioning poor low light, performance seems to be when using the lens for concert photography. This can be an issue for many lenses due to the rapidly changing lighting and rapidly moving subjects of the photograph so we feel that this is unfair criticism and outside of this very specialist niche, the lens should perform fine. If you are wanting to use the lens for concert photography, you are able to try and mount your Nikon D5600 on a tripod and tweak the manual focus ring on the Sigma 8mm just before trying to capture your image for increase performance.
Speaking of the manual focus ring on the lens, it really is a great manual control ring that has the perfect mix of rotatability and resistance. This means that you are able to quickly and easily rotate the focus ring when needed to tweak your image but the resistance levels it provides will minimize the chances of you accidentally over rotating and over or under-focusing your subject.
If you are wanting to give fisheye photography a serious go and capture fisheye photographs in the best image quality possible then we would highly recommend that you check out the Sigma 8mm. If you are doing any kind of paid client work already then it’s price tag should not be an issue but if you are just wanting to try your hand at fisheye photography with your Nikon D5600 then check out the Rokinon offering later in the article.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Sigma 8mm f/3.5 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Rokinon HD8M-N 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens
Again, this fisheye lens will mount directly to the lens mount on your Nikon d5600 camera body without issue allowing you to quickly and easily try your hand at fisheye photography without having to break the bank. Considering it is a much cheaper lens than the Sigma option above, its image quality is actually pretty solid. Additionally, the build quality of the lens really is excellent for its price point in the market.
Again, the Rokinon 8mm is a prime lens based around the 8mm focal length that is able to offer you a unique perspective on your surroundings and offer some great photographs. One thing that we have seen people use these cheap fisheye lenses for is to capture unique photographs of commonly captured locations so their Instagram photographs of that location stand out from the crowd and help them grow quicker.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Rokinon 8mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product. We would like to point out that although the lens in the view below is branded under Samyang, it is the exact same lens as the Rokinon, just under different branding.