We keep seeing people reaching out asking what the best fisheye lens for Nikon d3200 cameras on the market is so decided to sit down and publish this article to help any of our readers who are in this same situation. Thankfully, unlike many other cameras, we see people asking for fisheye advice on, the d3200 actually has a surprisingly good selection of high-quality fisheye lenses that you can choose from. If you like, you can click here to see the full range of fisheye lenses that are available for the d3200.
If you would like more of a specific recommendation though, we have narrowed the compatible list down to two great little fisheye lenses that we feel are leading the pack. Both of them will fit right on to the lens mount on your Nikon d3200 camera body while providing you with some great fisheye image quality. The initial lens comes with a higher price tag but also a higher level of performance and more functionality whereas the second option is more of a budget-friendly fisheye lens designed for entry-level photographers.
The Rokinon HD8M-N 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens
Although some people still try to knock the Rokinon brand for some reason, more and more people are coming around to how good their lenses actually are. For example, the Rokinon 8mm comes with an excellent build quality, it is easy to use, it offers some decent functionality while also offering some great performance all for a very fair price considering what you are getting from the lens.
One thing that we would like to point out about the lens is its low light performance has received a little criticism in some photography niches. Its aperture of f/3.5 can provide some decent low light image quality but if you are wanting to capture some fisheye photographs in a very dark location like a concert for example then the image quality can suffer a little due to lack of light. That said, we feel that this lens would be fine for the vast majority of our readers and be able to meet most, if not all of your needs without issue.
The lens is fully manual meaning that you have to control your focus levels via the manual focus ring on the lens rather than relying on an autofocus technology in the lens. That said, due to the lens having an 8mm focal length it is very easy to focus quickly with minimal time or effort being required on your part.
If you are looking to pick up a decent, fairly price fisheye lens for your Nikon d3200 then we feel that the Rokinon 8mm lens is probably the lens for you. It will provide you with some high-quality fisheye photographs with great image quality and make a great little addition to your camera accessories without making a huge dent in your budget.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Rokinon 8mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye
Edit – Since publishing this article, we have published a dedicated review of the Opteka 6.5mm fisheye lens that you may find helpful.
Even though the lens is a cheaper option, the Opteka 6.5mm has a decent build quality for its price. It also offers some decent functionality to enable you to tweak the lenses performance and it will fit directly on your Nikon d3200’s lens mount so there is no need to pick up an adapter. The links on this page point to the updated 2016 version of the Opteka 6.5mm that have improved manual focus ring performance as well as a few other tweaks to help make your life easier when using the lens. If you choose to pick this up from your local photography store try and make sure that you are getting the 2016 variant of the lens rather than the original.
Again, the low light performance of the lens has received a little criticism but again, the f/3.5 aperture of the lens will be able to meet the needs of most of our readers, especially if you are picking this lens up just to dabble in fisheye photography. If you do pick up the 2016 version of the lens then the manual focus lens is very smooth due to its overhaul while providing a little resistance to allow you to do micro-tweaks to your focus level as you see fit. If you end up picking up a pre-2016 rework version then there are some reports of the manual focus ring sticking sometimes but even then, this is a rare occurrence.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.