Today, we are going to be going over what we feel are the best fisheye lenses for Nikon d5300 cameras on the market right now. As usual, we will be focusing on two main lenses with one being a more premium option if you want to take your fisheye photography more serious and the second lens is more of a budget lens for people who just want to try their hand at it.
Both of the lenses are excellent choices and in reality, both are pretty budget friendly in the grand scheme of things too. They will also both mount directly onto the lens mount of your d5300 natively without you needing to pick up and converters or anything like that either. We will also be linking out to some independent reviews from some third-party photographers at various stages of the article too allowing you to get an external opinion on the lenses as well.
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The Rokinon FE8M-N 8mm F3.5 Fisheye Fixed Lens
The great performance, high build quality, and amount of functionality the Rokinon 8mm provides has made it a hit with the community. This has lead to a number of photographers sharing their thoughts about its fisheye photography performance in their own independent reviews (click here to read some of them) that we would highly recommend that you read if you get a chance.
Being a solid little prime lens that is based around the 8mm focal length it is perfect for most fisheye photography situations that you may find yourself in. Its image quality is great, especially considering the price of the lens and its manual focus ring is very easy to use allowing you to quickly and easily get the main subject of your photograph in focus with minimal effort.
One thing that we would like to point out is that the low light performance of the Rokinon 8mm has been a point of contravercy and received some negative feedback over the years. In our opinion, a lens at this price point is never going to be perfect and will always have at least one drawback and the low light performance of the Rokinon 8mm is its drawback. That said, we don’t feel that the low light performance of the lens is as bad as some people have suggested and we feel that it can easily meet the needs of many of our readers without them having to break the bank to pick up some expensive flashy lens.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Rokinon 8mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product. Although the lens in the video is under the Samyang brand, it is the exact same lens but Rokinon and Samyang are just regional brandings for the same company.
The Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Edit – Since publishing this article, we have published a dedicated review of the Opteka 6.5mm fisheye lens that you may find helpful.
Although we feel the initial popularity of the lens was due to its low price tag, its positive reputation evolved due to the build quality, performance, and functionality of the lens. There are a fair few reviews (click here to read some of them) online that you can read if you wish from third-party photographers.
As the name gives away, the Opteka 6.5mm is another prime lens that is based around the rare focal length of 6.5mm that offers a unique ultra-wide angle lens perspective on your subject and background. Some people do prefer the 6.5mm perspective over the 8mm one making the Opteka 6.5mm stand out even more from the competing fisheye lenses at its price point.
Although a very cheap lens, the Opteka 6.5mm also comes with a high-quality metal lens mount rather than a plastic one many cheap lenses come with. This allows you to quickly and easily mount the Opteka 6.5mm to your Nikon d5300 without the risk of cross threading your mount as some plastic lens mounts can commonly do.
Another nice feature of the lens that is often missed out off other cheap lenses is its manual focus rings build quality. It is solid, easy to rotate as required while also being easy to locate due to its unique texture. This can allow you to keep looking through the viewfinder of your camera and locate the manual focus ring with just your fingertips to tweak the focus level of your image as required.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Opteka 6.5mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.