13 BEST (ZOOM & PRIME) Nikon D3200 Lenses - AF-S 100% Compatible With Any Nikon DX

In this article i collect the best Nikon D3200 compatible lenses (zoom/Prime) made by Nikon,Sigma, and Tamro... Check This Out.
The Nikon D3200 camera, is a small DSLR body, Characterized with a cheap price (around 500$ ),  and a huge number of megapixel (24MP), Suggested for usual use  also for beginner photographers,  because it is easy to use while producing great image quality, and High Definition video if you put in front of it the right photography lenses.
Here in this article, I will guide you thought all the best Nikon D3200 lenses.
Note:
  • Lenses listed here are 100% compatible with All Nikon Entry level DSLR Cameras, this means Nikon D3xxx series, Nikon D5xxx series, and Nikon D7xxx.
  • To be sure that this article will be useful and understandable for absolute novices, a Brief definition of Lenses photography terms is necessary.
This article writed by Beno The Photographer for Nikon D3200 News

1- Main Characteristic of Nikon D3200 compatible lenses:

Nikon-D3200-compatible-lenses

Nikon Compatible Lenses are expensive, and buying the wrong lens will represents a great loss to you, so to avoid this problem, you should know important information about the photography lenses before making your purchase.
I will cover in this article:
  • The three major companies that manufacture lenses.
  • Essential Information about zooming ability.
  • Two formats of Nikon lenses (DX vs FX).
  • Full list Of Zoom lenses ( Compatible with all Nikon entry level DSLR camera).
  • Full List Of Prime Lenses (same here).
  • Top 6 Best Lens for Nikon D3200 or any other Nikon entry level DSLR camera.

A- Companies that manufacture Nikon D3200 lenses:

Nikon lenses comes in the first place (Also known as Nikkor), their lenses are high  quality, but expensive; Then comes the lenses made by Tokina, Sigma, and finally Tamron (in that order ).

B- Zoom lenses and the Zooming ability:

slr-camera-lens-focus-motor

In photography, by “zoom” we means : get  closer to your subjects, without moving toward them, Or in other words:  "Bring  far subjects close to you". So this happens only in a zoom lens, and by Zoom lens we means "lenses that have a range of focal length from A to B", In other words: "their focal length varies (ex: 18-55mm)".
Note: 
Lenses that have only one focal length (ex: 35mm) called "Prime Lenses" and they Can't Zoom.
For make a smooth automatic zooming, you need an in-built focus motor, it can be placed in the body of the camera, or in the body of the lens; And  wherever you put this small motor, the body that contains it becomes a little expensive.
in case of Nikon D3200, the body don't contain an in-built focus motor, that's why it come with a low price, So for make an automatic zooming, you need a "Nikon zoom lens" that contain  this motor inside it, Nikon Calls them "Af-S Lenses", while Nikon lenses without inbuilt focus motor called  "AF lenses".
  • Tokina: lenses with in-built focus motor called DXII also DX2, and lenses that don't have this motor called just DX.
  • Sigma call motorized lenses: HSM.
  • Tamron AF/MF (mean  the lens support Autofocus/Manual Focus).
  • While each other brand have their own designations (i list here just the Top Brands).
Summary:
Always Buy a lens that contain  an inbuilt focus motor for Nikon D3200.
Again, all Lenses listed here, are 100% compatible (with all Nikon entry level DSLR camera as Nikon D3200) and contain the in-built focus motor.

C- Nikon Lenses format,DX vs FX mouth:

Nikon made two type of lenses, they are : 
  1. FX lenses: Especially made for the expensive full frame DSLR camera bodies as Nikon D810.
  2. DX lenses: contain G in their names, made for the Entry level DSLR cameras as Nikon D3xxx series, and D5xxx and D7XXX. 
Note: 
DX lenses come in two models, the "AF-S" (contain an in-built focus motor as we said), and "AF" without it.
Summary: 
For Nikon Entry level Bodies, always go with [ DX , AF-S lenses] (ex: Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR) to ensure the compatibility and the automatic zooming ability.

D- How to choose the right lens for your Entry level DSLR camera:
Because there are lot of lot of focal length range, selecting the right first lens for your DSLR camera or second lens is a very hard task, so here is a simple steps, that will helps you in Selecting the best lens for your needs:
  • Write in a small paper the budget that you want to spend in this lens, it can be a range (ex: 100$ to 300$).
  • Write the focal length that your old lens already cover, like example if you have the kit lens, this mean you cover a focal length of 18mm till 55mm, so there is no need to buy a lens that contain this focal length again.
  • Write the photography type that you want to do, ex portrait photography, or landscape or Macro photography or ...
  • Now just See the tables below in this article, use the small paper that you already prepare, and found the best lens that meets this needs.

2 -Zoom vs Prime Nikon D3200 lens which one is better?

A-Nikon D3200 Zoom lenses:

These are some arguments about the zoom lenses:

I-Portability and Flexibility: 

There is a large interest in the purchase of a zoom lens, among them :
  1. With one Zoom lens in your bag, you can do lot of types of photography (ex: portrait, wild photography, macro photography...).
  2. A Zoom lens can replace a wide range of prime lenses [ex: Nikon 18-55 zoom lens, can replace Nikon 35mm lens, 40mm lens, and the 50mm lens].
  3. Profit for the time that is wasted in the process of changing lenses (in case of prime lenses).
  4. Reduce the risk of breaking the lens during change.
  5. Reduce the risk of getting dust in your camera sensor (while changing the lenses many times).

II-Price:

Because their construction is little complicating , the price is little high compared to the Prime lenses.

Now it will be presented in separate tables according to types of photography, the Best Nikon D3200 Zoom lenses made by Nikon - Tokina - Sigma and sometimes Tamron.


Type 1: Best Beginner lenses for Nikon D3200

As a beginner to photography, i hardly suggest you to go with a lens that have a focal length close to human eyes, a lens that you can do with it everyday photography, and the best two one are the Kit lens 18-55mm or the Prime lens Nikon 35mm 1.8G.
Learn with them the basics of photography, then buy a second lens and try some other kind of photography.
Most People said that the kit lens is garbage, but here are 7 benefits of the kit lens from experts.

Lens Name Rate Price Buy Now
Nikon 18-55mm
Recommended*
4.7/5 $190 [Free Shipping]

Type 2: Best Nikon D3200 Telephoto lenses:

Wildlife-photography-samples

You Already Own the Kit lens! if yes; Great, So with a Telephoto lens you can add more focal length to your Kit lens (from 55mm or 70mm and more), as that you can try more types of photography as Sport photography, Landscape, Wild life photography and Even macro photography.
there are different millimeters, if your subjects are very very far from you, choose the 300mm, while if they are just far, go with 200mm.
Note: A Camera Tripod (i Reviewed 6 best one) is a must have while doing Telephoto Photography.

Lens Name Rate Price Buy Now
Nikon 55-200mm 4.6/5 $140 [43% OFF mean you SAVE $107.01
and Free Shipping]
Nikon 55-300mm
Recommended*
4.7/5 $390 [1% OFF and Free Shipping]
Sigma 70-300mm
Low Price*
4.4/5 $140 [18% OFF - SAVE $30.00 - Free Shipping]

Type 3: Best Nikon D3200 All in One Zoom Lenses

If You don't have the Kit lens 18-55mm, or you prefer to cover all the focal length from 18mm to 200mm or 300mm with only one lens in your bag, Here you need an All in One Zoom lens.

Lens Name Rate Price Buy Now
Tamron 18-200mm
Low Price*
4.4/5 $190 [33% OFF - SAVE $100.00 and Free Shipping]
Sigma 18-250mm 4.5/5 $340 [36% OFF - SAVE $200.00 and Free Shipping]
Nikon 18-200mm
Recommended*
4.7/5 $590 [8% OFF - SAVE $53.00 and Free Shipping]
Nikon 18-300mm 4.6/5 $690 [Free Shipping]

Type 4: Best Nikon D3200 Wide Angle lens:

Wide Angle lenses, lol What the hell is a wide angle lens, and why i Need to buy it ?
In simple words, Wide angle lens is an essential lens in your Bag, you should have it, because with this type of lenses you can take a stunning photos that no one from your other lenses can do.
It is characterised with short focal length, generally under 35 mm and a wide angle of view that's allow you to capture more in the frame of your camera.
With a zoom lens, you need to Retreat back a lot from your subjects for taking a wide view, So you will lose details and sharpness because you are too far, while with a wide angle lens, you can be close and take a wide view without Retreat back.
To understand a wide view, let's first indicate that the human eyes capture 180° of the view, so with a wide angle you can capture more and see the images below for you can understand what i am trying to say.

photo-of-wide-stadium-using-with-angle-lens

wide-view-using-Wide-angle-lens

You can never get such Wide view photos with a normal lens, So i am sure that now, you know the High value of a Wide angle lens, and what it can do.

Lens Name Rate Price Buy Now
Sigma 10-20mm
Low Price*
4.5/5 $470 [Free Shipping]
Nikon 10.24mm
If u r Serious about wide angle photography
4.7/5 $890 [Free Shipping]

B- Best Nikon D3200 Prime lenses:

Nikon-35mm-f-1.8G AF-S-DX-Lens-for-Nikon-Digital-SLR-Cameras

Prime lens have only one fixed focal length, that can never change like example the 35mm 1.8G lens, and here are some arguments about them:

I-Quality:

Prime lenses are known with their good quality compared to zoom lenses, so all photographers said that Prime lenses provide clear and precise sharp photos.

II-Price:

Prime lens are cheaper, because they have simple bodies (they don’t zoom; so they have only fixed part), but it’s not a general rule, because price have relation with quality also, and you could found extremely expensive prime lens, as you can found  good prime lens with good price.

III-Weight:

A simple solid design and small weight compared to zoom lens.

VI-Speed: 

Prime lenses been faster than Zoom lenses, so remember this, if you need an extra fast lens or if the speed feature interests you, go with Prime lenses.

VII-Technique:

Zoom lenses can make the photographer lazy, while Prime lenses push him/her to move to the subject and try to figure out the best angle and distance, and this is the real fun in photography.
In some situation you can’t walk to your subject as example in wild photography or sea/ocean photography,so here Zoom lenses are the right choices.

Same thing here,I will present in separate tables according to types of photography, the best Nikon D3200 Prime lenses made by Nikon - Tokina - Sigma and sometimes Tamron.

Type 1: Best Nikon D3200 Portrait lenses:

Portrait-photography-example

As Photographers, We do Portrait photography almost every day, most of  pictures we  take are portrait, everyone from your family or friends will ask you for portrait photo, beside that portrait photography is easy to learn and Fun to do.
Best lens for portrait is 50mm 1.8G, it made for portrait, while there is an other lens that every photographer need to own in his bag, it is 35mm 1.8G lens, it's small, strong, the best lens for everyday photography, for photograph your kids, family, pets, car, street photography, ohh you can't imagine how much i love this lens, and i am sure you will do too after you test it for a while.

Note: If you still confused between Nikon 35mm or 50mm Read this article: Ultimate Guide to Nikon 35mm Vs 50mm


Lens Name Rate Price Buy Now
Nikon 50mm 1.8G
Recommended*
5/5 $210 [1% OFF - Free Shipping]
Nikon 35mm 1.8G
Recommended*
5/5 $190 [2% OFF - Free Shipping]

Type 2: Best Nikon D3200 Macro-Micro lenses:

macro-micro-photography

Macro photography is an absolute new undiscovered world, only photographers with a Macro lens can discover.

Lens Name Rate Price Buy Now
Nikon 40mm
Best for Beginner to Macro*
Low Price*
4.7/5 $270 [1% OFF - Free Shipping]
Nikon 60mm
Recommended*
5/5 590 [Only 4 in stock - Free Shipping]
Nikon 105mm
For Serious About Macro*
5/5 $840 [6% OFF - SAVE $52.96 Free Shipping]

Type 3: Best Nikon D3200 Fisheye lenses:

fish-eye-lens-photography-sample

You can have a lot of Fun with this kind of lenses, i will list here the most cheap one from Rokinon (Not zoomable, so you need to zoom or focus manual), give it a try if you are curious about what you can get.

Lens Name Rate Price Buy Now
Nikon 10.5mm
Recommended*
4.6/5 $770 [Only 1 left - Free Shipping]
Nikon 8mm
Low Price*
4.4/5 $110 [32% OFF - SAVE $110 and Free Shipping]

Top 4 Best Lens for Nikon D3200:

So if you want a lens for everyday photography, Nikon 35mm 1.8G is the best choice for you, If you  want to do portrait you should get Nikon 50mm 1.8G, If you want try Macro photography i suggest Nikon 40mm Macro lens, it has a low price and give a good result, while if you look for a zoom lens i recommend for you Sigma 70-300mm, have a very large focal length and a low price.

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Anonymous
16 September, 2015 19:09 delete

I want to thank you Beno for the well detailed article; it help me a lot in buying my second lens (Sigma 70-300mm), i am sure it will be a great addition to my first lens 18-55mm.

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Steve
07 October, 2015 11:05 delete

Thank you Beno for an excellent, easy to follow guide. will share this on facebook and recommend to anybody who need advice on lens selection

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Anonymous
04 November, 2015 15:53 delete

How do I know if the Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 is AF-S? I have the Nikon D3200 and need to know if it will auto focus. Thank you!

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06 November, 2015 14:19 delete

Nice question. Tamron have a great cheap lenses, compare to Nikon, and they use some signs to show the type of the lens, as (AF mean Auto-focus and MF mean Manual-focus ) so just look for AF in the name of the Tamron lens; and here is a Tamron 24-70mm lens that work great with Nikon D3200.
http://amzn.to/1XUrsfE
Good luck

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Anonymous
10 November, 2015 11:29 delete

Hey thanks v much!!
Is Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F/4G ED VR compatible with D3200 or just full frames??
Can this be good alternative for 70-200 2.8??

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11 November, 2015 12:14 delete

Hi, Welcome back bro, and happy to help you.
Yes, all Nikon "AF-S" lenses are compatible with all entry level DSLR camera as D3200-D3100-D3300-D5100-D5200-D5300-D5500.
Alternative, i really can't tell, because it is all about where you want to use it, what about buying an all in one lens as 18-200mm or 18-300mm? Or the kit lens 18-55mm + telephoto lens 55-200mm as that you will cover a very long range of focal length.
Also if you already own the kit lens 18-55mm, you should not buy again the lens 25-120mm, but going with 70-200mm is an better idea.

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Sush
26 November, 2015 01:15 delete

Thanks a lot Beno! Gave me a great insight and resolved most of my confusion around lenses.

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26 November, 2015 14:56 delete

Sure, i love so much this lens, it is cheap, well made, and give to the photographer a very long focal length, it is also a great addition to 18-55mm.

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Anonymous
27 November, 2015 08:44 delete

hi,

does the sigms 10 mm fisheye lens work with nikon 3200?

does autofocus also work with the lens and camera?

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27 November, 2015 20:08 delete

Hello, Good question, and buying a fisheye lens for Nikon is a very nice idea, so Nikon D3200 have no in built focus motor inside, and you need to buy a lens that has this motor; Sigma call this type of lenses (with in built motor) HSM, so if a Sigma Lens has an "HSM" in it name, and compatible with Nikon, this mean it will work great in any entry level DSLR camera as Nikon D3200, and it will autofocus.
here is a link to Sigma 10mm fisheye lens HSM and compatible with Nikon http://amzn.to/1llBKHp

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02 December, 2015 07:00 delete

i just bought NIKON D3200 and i'm a newbie in photography. i love the Kit lens 18-55mm, and i still learn to shoot a good photo, and try to figure out what object i love the most. so when i want to move further which lens i should buy, prime lens, prime lens or all in one lens?

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03 December, 2015 14:14 delete

Hello Septian, thanks for your comment.
kit lens is a great photography lens, you can do a lot with it.
So if you want to try other kinds of photography as landscape or wildlife or sport photography, i suggest you to buy Nikon 55-200mm or Sigma 70-300mm because they are the best for that kinds of photography, then when you decide which kind of photography you will do all the time and want to become good at it, buy a prime lens, like example if you love portrait photography so much, buy a prime lens 35mm because you will have a better result with that lens.
no need to buy an all in one zoom lens (they mean lenses that begin from 18mm to ...mm) because you already have a kit lens that cover the focal length of 18-55mm, so you need to buy a long telephoto lens (they are lenses that begin from 55mm or more as 70mm or 85mm till ...mm).

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03 December, 2015 18:16 delete

My friend have nikon d90 and nikon 70-300mm af-s dx lens. I'm going to buy that 70-300mm lens from him. My camera is d3200. But i have a little problem. My camera body is small and that lens in heavy. Is that will damage my camera lens mount?

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04 December, 2015 01:09 delete

Hello Dinesh,a problem in the camera lens mount will cost you a very expansive repair, and this is the problem of all the long telephoto lenses (heavy), so if you really want to use this lens with Nikon D3200, support the lens with one hand, don't let the camera body carry this weight alone; So it will look as you hold a big hinting gun.

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Anonymous
05 December, 2015 04:04 delete

Hi Beno, this is a BRILLIANT article, thank you so very much for taking your time and explaining it all to those of us who are about to have a breakdown just because we want to purchase a new lens. Just a quick question; surely Sigma and Tamron 70-300 don't have AF considering the price, right? And how about Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens, which model would be compatible with D3200 (and would possibly have AF working with it, too)? Thanks a million!
-Kate

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05 December, 2015 13:13 delete

(o) thanks for your Comment, so all Lenses listed here work great with all entry level DSLR cameras (Nikon D3200,D3300,D5200...), So if you check the links, you will see that Sigma and Tamron lenses have an auto focus system (built in motor = AF).
About the price, a telephoto lens is not expensive (Nikon 55-200mm cost 200$), so Sigma and Tamron should be under this price.
Tamron 90mm F/2.8 is a lovely lens, i never try it, but all who do, love it and give it a positive review; So the one that works with Nikon D3200 is the one that have AF/MF (auto focus/Manual Focus) and compatible with Nikon DSLR camera, here a link to it: http://amzn.to/1Q6NV88
good luck (y)

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06 December, 2015 14:45 delete

Hi be no , I'm looking for a zoom lense for my girlfriends d3200 within an £80 - £180 price range. Could you narrow it down to 3 lenses I should look into thanks

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06 December, 2015 22:10 delete

Hello Leon, Lens as a gift is a lovely idea, so if your girlfriend have don't have any lens, buy the kit lens 18-55mm, she can do a lot with it as portrait photography, and everyday shooting; but if she already own The kit lens, so buy Sigma 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens, as that she can discover new photography types, as sport photography, landscape, and wild life, and even Macro photography.
good luck

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07 December, 2015 10:40 delete

I was looking at that one but wasn't sure if the Nikon one was better. She does have the 18 - 55 mm kit but now the camera is playing up saying lens not attached when it clearly is. Any ideas what could be causing the problem, it's not a year old yet, cheers

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07 December, 2015 15:44 delete

;-( Hello Leon, Very Sorry to hear that, i never face such problem, and that's why i always tell to my reader to keep their DSLR equipment protected, safe, and clean, because they are a fragile things, so i am sure a cleaning will resolve your problem, because dust can cause a very weird problems.
Please Go up in this blog to "menu" and click in "Accessories", read this article carefully and Buy all the accessories that you need for protect your camera, lenses, and clean it.
About lens quality, Sigma made great lenses, they produce same image quality as Nikon, they are cheap because Sigma use more plastic in themes, while Nikon use Metal and .. but they use same glass so the quality is same.
Good luck Leon, feel free to ask me any more question.

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08 December, 2015 09:02 delete


sigma 70-300 nikon N50 lens can i use in nikon d5100? please help

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Louise
10 December, 2015 18:43 delete

Hi,

I'm looking to buy a lens with an aperture of either f/1.4 or f/1.8. I currently have the basic Nikon 18-55mm lens. I use my camera for shooting YouTube videos at home, meaning the camera can only be 1-2 metres away from me. How much can I expect to fit in a shot, using a lens of about 30mmm, with the camera such a short distance away?

Thank you,
Louise.

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12 December, 2015 12:12 delete

Hey beno,I've seen a sigma after 70-300mm f/4-5.6 dg Nikon fit lense, it says with manual and auto focus, 58 mm filter and macro lenses. Does this sound like the lenses I'm looking for ?

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Anonymous
22 December, 2015 02:30 delete

Hey beno..
first of all thanks a lot for putting up such a lovely article.
Now i have 2 lenses already 18 - 55 and 55 - 200.
yet i wish to buy an all in one zoom lense say like 18-300.
please tell me if it is right choice. and if it is do i need to stick to nikon products only or i can try sigma or tamron as slightly cheap alternate.
second i would love to buy a 35 mm prime lense.
please share your view.
thanks mate

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22 December, 2015 23:51 delete

Hey Leon, welcome back, About Sigma 70-300mm pick the one that i motioned in the Nikon Telephoto lens table (if you buy Online); While if you Buy Offline Search for (built in motor or Auto focus, + Nikon Fit lens).
good luck

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22 December, 2015 23:53 delete

(y) Sure Faraz, Sigma 70-300mm Nikon work on all Nikon DSLR Cameras including Nikon D5100, and all lenses in this article are 100% compatible with Nikon D5100/ Nikon D5200/ Nikon D5300.
good luck

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23 December, 2015 00:06 delete

x-) Such a Lovely question, thanks for your comment and i will be happy to share my view with you.
You have Two beautiful lenses that cover a very long focal length from 18mm to 200mm, so i see no need to buy an all in one zoom lens 18-300mm, because it sound like you repeat owning the same things.
With this two lenses that you have, you can try a lot of type of photography as Macro photography, Portrait Photography, wild life photography, sport photography... so i suggest you to use this two lenses, try all this type of photography, the one that you love more , let's say as example you Love "portrait photography" and you found lot of fun in doing it, here you need to buy a prime lens that is design for portrait photography 50mm, as that you will get great portrait photos, we can say same thing about other types of photography, so it is up to you and which type you want to be good at it.
Sometimes adding new accessories is more recommended than adding lenses, please read the Accessories article in the "Up Menu".
Finally, Nikon 35mm lens is lovely, you can use it for everyday photography, i see it as an important equipment in your photography bag, so Go and get it, it will be a great add to your Lenses.
good luck

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23 December, 2015 00:11 delete

Hello Louise, Finally we have Someone that do HDSLR with his DSLR camera; So i don't know how your videos will look like, but i can tell you that using Nikon 35mm Prime lens will be a great choice for you and provide you a better result, Because this lens, provide great quality, and it focal length 35mm is close to human eyes, so you can imagine what you will get.
Good luck

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03 January, 2016 10:19 delete

Hi Beno Kuwazaki thank you for the information. Your blog is highly informative. I want to take portraits and landscapes and photographs of nature. Suggest me a zooming lens for this. I would be very thankful to you.

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05 January, 2016 14:50 delete

Sure man (o), with pleasure, if you already own the kit lens 18-55mm, get 55-200mm or 55-300mm zoom lens, it will work great for all photography types that you list above, and if this two lenses looks expensive for you, go with Sigma 70-300mm.
While if you don't have any lens, buy an all in one zoom lens as 18-200mm or 18-300mm depend on your budgets.
good luck

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02 February, 2016 13:52 delete

Hi dear,
I read many of your answers for the lenses recommendation. I have one question why you not recommending 55-300mm lance for D3200 buy? is that lance have problem with D3200?
Honestly i have D3200 with 18-55mm now i need big lens so please advice that which is best 55-300mm or 70-300mm ??

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Anonymous
09 March, 2016 14:38 delete

thanks very much , you clarify so much thing and it really helpful

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Anonymous
15 March, 2016 00:01 delete

Hello there,
I've been thinking about buying this Sigma AF 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM for Nikon, does it fits on my Nikon D3200 body? because it say's AF and not AF-S and I can't find what AF in sigma made lenses means...

thanks!

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25 March, 2016 00:47 delete

Thanks for the article, it's been a great help to me in making a decision :) cheers

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Anonymous
27 March, 2016 06:23 delete

Hi, i have a Nikon d3200 with lens 18-55mm.
I taking pictures from celebrities when I meet them in the street or at filmpremieres.
Could you please tell me which lens I should buy?
It has to be extra fast, and the people sometimes 4-5 m far, and suddenly in front of me. And of course mostly different amount of light coming from various sources.
And also I like landscape and sport photography.
Suggest me lenses please.
Thanks

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28 March, 2016 14:21 delete

Hello, as i mentioned in the article, Sigma used "HSM" for refer to auto focus lenses, so yes, Sigma AF 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM compatible with Nikon D3200 and all other Nikon DX bodies.

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28 March, 2016 14:24 delete

Hello, there is no problem with 55-200mm as long as it have AF-S option, and i think that i list it in this article, the reason why i recommend sigma, is because it have low price compared to Nikon telephoto lenses.
good luck

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28 March, 2016 14:33 delete

hmm that's interesting. x-) i would like to see some of your work.
You are doing street photography, you need a quick prime lens, because you don't have much time for focus and zooming, So the best two option are 35mm and 50mm, 50mm 1.8 is more fast than 35mm.
about light, if it bother you, and make your photos lose their quality, you should use a lens hood (accessories).
Good luck

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31 March, 2016 06:03 delete

Hi beno!!
I am a beginner in photography and I have Nikon D3200 with its kit lens 18-55mm VR. Now I am visiting switzerland for my vacation, kindly suggest a good lens for photography, I am specially interested in wild life and scenic photography and my budget is around 200$-300$

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31 March, 2016 14:31 delete

Hi
Switzerland is a beautiful place with lots of wild life (k), i am sure you will have a great time.
So, you need a zoom lens, there are two options an all in one zoom lens "start from 18mm", and a telephoto zoom lens "start from 50mm or 70mm", so because you own the Kit lens 18-55mm, go with telephoto lenses for don't cover the 18-55mm twice.
So, All you need to do, is going to the "Best Nikon D3200 Telephoto lens" table above, and choose the lens that fits your need, most people go behind Sigma 70-300mm because it have low price and gives more focal length, But you can go with Nikon 55-200mm (it have big save on it now) you can buy it in price of a Sigma lens.
Also don't forget to read "Nikon D3200 Accessories" article, because i am sure you need a backpack, a second battery (more power), a large memory card (more storage), a tripod, and maybe a rain cover...
Good luck

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Anonymous
05 April, 2016 12:12 delete

Thanks!!!

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JohnT
25 April, 2016 12:10 delete

Great clarifying article Beno - thanks. I have the 18-55mm kit lens and bought the 55-300mm telephoto for distance/sports close-ups, but it's not strong enough for some sports photography taken from 200 to 300 meters away (rowing). I can't afford a super-telephoto and read that teleconverters are not advised over cropping down the picture. However, the picture needs to be in PERFECT focus to crop. What is your opinion on teleconverters or can you recommend an affordable quality lens in the 600mm range? Again, thanks.

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01 May, 2016 20:58 delete

I have a bought a d3200 and I want to know what is the best lens to buy to get full body up close photos. My family want me to take pictures but I only have the starter lens and want to invest in the best lenses. Should I go with a wide angle lens?

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01 May, 2016 23:02 delete

Ok, it's called "full body portrait photography", you can do it with diffrent lenses:
A- With the 18-55mm starter lens, but do not expect amazing results.
B- Wide angle lens 10-24mm, quite expensive, great for full body and group photography.
C- 50mm Prime lens that i see it as a great addition to your photography bag, excelent preformence, you can use it for full body portrait, normal portrait, street photography and everyday photography.
Please Take a look to the tables above for more information about this lenses (price and rate).

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01 June, 2016 19:52 delete

Hi John, sorry for taking a long time for answer you, I was a little busy; So if you need a very clarify sports photos from a long distance, you need to jump to 600mm, but before doing that you should upgrade your Nikon D3200 (entry level DSLR camera), because it won't let the lens give its best.
Teleconverters! I never use them and I will never use one, so my advice is to try to get close to your subject by sitting in the first chairs, or jump to 600mm (Sigma 600mm is a great long telephoto lens), BUT FIRST upgrade your DSLR to a full frame DSLR body.
Good luck

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20 June, 2016 03:21 delete

hi,
I have nikon 3200 and the lens kit.I am in food blogging and started taking pictures with my camera.I need to move on to a lens for a clear ,stunning food pictures.which lens can I go for.Pls suggest

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21 June, 2016 20:54 delete

Hi there, great blog and very helpful. I have the D3200 and the 18-55 and 55-200 kit lenses (not AF-S ones). I am travelling to South America and also Asia so am looking for a one-size fits all lens for both zooming in to take animal shots in the jungle and also mountains in the Himalayas. Thinking the 18-300 AF-S version is good to cover a greater range and avoid carrying multiple lenses? Thoughts??

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23 June, 2016 17:20 delete

Hi Michelle, i think that the lens 18-300mm AF-S will fit all your needs, good luck in your trip; & i hope you use one of our links to buy from amazon (if you buy online).

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19 July, 2016 10:02 delete

Pls help me whether I cud go with prime or zoom lens..my interest is portrait photography with bokeh effect.pls suggest

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18 August, 2016 14:08 delete

Hi, if you decide to go with portrait, so you should go with prime lenses as Nikon 35mm or 50mm, this are the best two lenses for portrait as we listed above, 35mm is little cheaper, but slow if we compare it to 50mm.
About bokeh effect, you should learn about how to do it from youtube or read my article that list "top 5 online course", because it is about skills not lenses.
good luck

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18 August, 2016 14:18 delete

Hi, I LOVE FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY (k); So you can do food photography using 2 kind of lenses, if not 3 which are (Telephoto lenses, Macro lenses, and Portrait lenses), i prefer the two first one, especially number two "Macro", because you get enormous of details and colors, which is the beauty of food photography.
macro: 100mm will do great.
telephoto i suggest Sigma 70-200mm or 300mm (you don't need 300mm, but it is useful for wildlife and sport photography).
Good Luck

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30 January, 2017 09:26 delete

Hi Beno, i have been really searching for a more detailed blog on moving from "kit lenses" since am very new to photography (self-taught) with background in architecture, though for a year now i have been in portrait photography. I just want to thank you for this article, very helpful indeed.And now i'm off to shop a lens of my choice with confidence!

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