Over the last few months, we have seen a number of people reaching out for advice on the best fisheye lenses for Nikon d810 cameras. For this article, we will be featuring two lenses that we feel are each the best fisheye lens for their respective price points in the market and they will both mount directly to your d810
This first fisheye lens that we will be going over has an excellent reputation due to its great performance and large amount of functionality while also coming with a low price tag for what it provides. The second lens we will be featuring is more of an entry level bare basics fisheye lens for those who just want to wet their feet with fisheye photography without needing to spend too much cash.
The Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide F/3.5 Fisheye Lens
The Rokinon 8mm is a massively popular lens amongst the photography community with many people agreeing that they feel it is actually underpriced considering what the lens offers. It has an excellent build quality while being able to provide you with some excellent fisheye photographs with a niche and sharp image quality while also being very easy to use. All this combined with its low price tag has resulted in many photographers posting reviews (click here to read some of them) of their experiences with the lens offering some external insight into just how well the lens performs.
Unlike some competing fisheye lenses at this price point on the market, the manual focus ring is very easy to use. This helps you quickly and easily get the unique field of view the Rokinon 8mm offers in focus on your subject and quickly capture the photograph. The focus ring has a nice level of resistance to allow you to accurately rotate it through the various levels of focus to help you avoid over-rotating too and the 8mm focal length makes the lens a breeze to focus.
Unlike many fisheye lenses in general, the Rokinon 8mm will attach directly to the lens mount on your Nikon d810 without you having to pick up a lens adaptor. The metal mount on the lens also makes it easy to mount and unmount the lens without having to risk it damaging your camera like some of the cheaper plastic mount based cameras can.
If you are looking to pick up a great little fisheye lens for your d810 that will provide you with a unique angle of view then we would highly recommend that you give the Rokinon 8mm some serious consideration.
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 quickly mention that although the lens in the video review below is the same lens featured, the one in the video is under the Samyang brand due to branding differences in different locations.
The Oshiro 8mm f/3.5
It is a very budget friendly, entry level fisheye lens that has a decent build quality for its price and offers some nice performance with the fisheye field of view. On top of this, it will mount directly to your Nikon d810 without you having to get a lens converter or anything like that.
Although it is a very cheap lens, the Oshiro 8mm f/3.5 provides a pretty decent level of image quality and it is also very easy to focus in on your subject due to its very responsive manual focus ring. One thing that we would like to point out about this lens is that its low light performance has received some criticism but in all honesty, for its price, this is to be expected. The Oshiro 8mm f/3.5 is an entry level lens and as thus, its performance should be judged accordingly.
Another good thing about the Oshiro 8mm f/3.5 is that its lens mount is made from metal rather than high-quality plastics like some other entry-level lenses. This offers a much better connection between the lens and your Nikon d810 as well as ensures the lens will age well as some plastic lens mounts can age badly and potentially result in damage to your camera over time. Metal lens mounts like the one on the Oshiro 8mm f/3.5 hold their form perfectly and remove this risk.
If you are looking for a decent cheap fisheye lens for your Nikon d810 then you should definitely consider the Oshiro 8mm f/3.5. The thing is, the Rokinon 8mm covered first in the article is not that much more expensive than this while outperforming it drastically in every aspect so you may want to double check its price point or consider picking up a second-hand version of the Rokinon 8mm (Click here to check for product prices and availability) to help bring its costs down.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Oshiro 8mm f/3.5 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.