Best lenses for the 24-MPix Nikon D3200: Concise overviewBy Kevin Carter - Wednesday December 11 2013 Lens Recommendations
For the intended market the Zeiss Otus 1,4/55 will be too rich but with a high quality 24-Mpix sensor, the D3200 could easily appeal to imaging pros for certain applications, where a small body is required. Intriguingly, both the full-frame Otus 1,4/55 and Nikon’s new AF-S Nikkor 58mm f1.4G have an field of view equivalent to a 85/90mm lens on the D3200, whereas the standard 50mm is the equivalent to a 75mm and is often considered a little short for portraits.
Full-frame 85mm lenses, on the other hand, have a similar field of view to a 130mm and with an f1.4 or 1.8 maximum aperture are very attractive options for indoor sports or in the theatre, where ambient light levels may be low. Although still a relatively large lens, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.8G performs very well on the D3200 with sharpness levels almost on a par with the far pricier f1.4 version. And, it’s sharp from the initial aperture.
A more affordable alternative is the Samyang 85mm f1.4 at $328. It has similar sharpness at full aperture to the Nikon f1.4 model but it lacks autofocus. Fortunately, this Nikon mount model is aperture coupled and has CPU contacts for compatibility with various exposure modes.
If you have a Nikon D3200 and a favorite lens, we would very much like to hear from you. Please leave a comment below, stating what lens it is and why you like it.