In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best wide angle lenses for Nikon d3100 cameras currently available on the market right now. We always see people reaching out for advice on what lenses they should be picking up for their d3100 and after the success of our portrait and zoom lens articles, we decided to publish our wide angle lens advice.
We would like to quickly point out that we have chosen lenses that we feel will fit the budgets of the majority of our readers while also offering them the best overall mix of functionality, performance, build quality, and price. You can click here if you would like to see a full list of wide-angle camera lenses that will fit your Nikon d3100.
After some thought, we were able to narrow our list down to what we feel are the two best all-around lenses that offer great performance and functionality for a fair price. Additionally, both of these lenses outperform the kit lenses of the d3100 for wide angle photography as well as each lens having established itself in the market.
The Tamron Auto Focus 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 SP Di II LD
The apature of the lens also offers great performance in low light conditions that are common in many wide-angle photography niches. If you are out trying to capture some snaps of epic landscapes or some architectural marvels then it can be a nightmare to try and plan for the weather and lighting conditions. With the Tamron 10-24mm, this is not as much of an issue as its image quality will remain solid through changing lighting conditions that are beyond your control.
Both the manual focus and manual zoom rings on the lens are very easy to find even when having your camera up in the aim position allowing you to quickly and easily tweak your image as required before capturing it. Additionally, both of the rings are very smooth and responsive allowing you to turn them without much effort to easily get the high-quality image you want.
If landscape photography is your thing then there is a high chance you will be wanting to pick up some filters to further improve your image quality, especially if you are planning to have water features in your images. The Tamron 10-24mm comes with a 77mm filter thread and we would highly recommend that you check our the Gobe 77mm filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for high-quality, budget-friendly lens filters.
All in all, we would highly recommend that any of our readers who own a Nikon D3100 and are in the market for a lens to help improve their wide-angle photography give the Tamron 10-24mm some serious consideration. It offers a great mix of performance, functionality, and build quality all for a fair price while also enjoying one of the best reputations within its niche.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Tamron 10-24mm.
The Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5
As we touched on earlier, the variable focal length offers both ultra wide-angle and wide-angle lens performance in one product. This can offer you all of the advantages of each lens type without the need to actually buy a dedicated product helping to save you money while also reducing the weight you have to carry with you when traveling to your photography locations.
The Sigma 10-20mm offers some great image quality for a number of situations and photography niches. Additionally, the manual focus ring is texturized helping it to be easily located quickly to tweak your image focus before choosing to capture the image. As you would expect for a lens at this price point the manual focus ring is also very smooth and responsive allowing you to tweak your focus ever so slightly as you see fit. The fixed aperture of the lens also makes it a little easier for you to precisely control the depth of field of your image before capturing it giving you an easier time with one less thing to worry about.
All in all, the Sigma 10-20mm will make a great addition to your camera accessories for your Nikon d3100 while also helping to improve your digital photography capabilities. Its reputation has managed to stand the test of time and can give you peace of mind that the investment is worth it.
The video below offers a third-party, independent review of the Sigma 10-20mm to give our readers an additional opinion of the lens.
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