lenses for the nikon d3200
lenses for nikon d3200 – The Nikon D3200 is one of the leading entry-level DSLRs on the market and features an impressive 24.1-megapixel image sensor and 1080p Full HD video capability. Below is our list of the best lenses for the Nikon D3200, ranging from kit lenses (keep in mind that the camera comes with the 18-55mm VR included) to wide-angle and telephoto. You’ll notice that a lot of zoom lenses have distortion, particularly at the wide end, but the Nikon D3200 has a helpful automatic distortion control mode built into the camera. With the release of the newer Nikon D3400 and D3300, the D3200 is selling at a discount.
lenses for a nikon d3200
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR ($350 for the kit)
The D3200 is sold with the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens for $350 total, which currently is one of the best DSLR values on the market. This version of the 18-55mm is one generation old—Nikon has released a lighter weight 18-55mm VR II—but it’s still a great lens and captures sharp images, has vibration reduction, and weighs less than 10 ounces. You can expect some distortion, but this can be corrected in camera on the D3200. You also can add the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR below, which together with the 18-55mm offers nice coverage from wide angle to telephoto.
Nikon 18-55mm VR and 55-200mm VR ($597 for the kit)
For the D3200, two similar looking kits are offered with two lenses of the same focal lengths: 18-55mm and 55-200mm. For the purposes of this article, we only are including the Vibration Reduction (VR) kit. The reason is simple: we think you need Vibration Reduction and it merits the bump in price. The 18-55mm VR above includes this technology, and if you’re making the jump to two lenses, go with VR versions (you will thank us later). This point aside, this two-lens kit is a nice option for the D3200 that will have you covered from wide angle to telephoto with two lenses. We generally prefer a travel zoom with more reach like the 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6, but that’s not available with this camera and it feels silly to double up. As a bonus, the 18-55mm in the two-lens kit is the VR II, which is sharper and lighter than its predecessors.
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Macro OS ($349)
For an inexpensive all-in-one lens to pair with the Nikon D3200, the Sigma 18-250mm Macro OS is a good option. Its biggest selling point is the price, which is hundreds of dollars less than either of the Nikon all-in-one options below. What are the downsides of this lens? There is an aperture drop-off at the wide end (the lens has Sigma’s Optical Stabilization technology) and some softness in the corners. But the Sigma is a few ounces lighter than the Nikon options, which is a nice bonus when lugging around your camera bag on vacation. When the lens is not in use, make sure to use the lens lock as it has a tendency to creep.