Best lenses for the 24-MPix Nikon D3200: Concise overviewBy Kevin Carter - Wednesday December 11 2013 Lens Recommendations
As the recent best performing lens in our database when analyzed on the Nikon D800 it is unsurprising perhaps to see the new $4,000 Zeiss Otus 1,4/55 sitting in the number one position on the D3200. As the equivalent to a 85mm on the D3200 (or any APS-C camera), the Zeiss Otus 1,4/55 looks attractive but the large size (around the same as the firm’s Apo Sonnar 2/135 (135mm f2)) and huge price mean it’s not for everyone. It’s also manual focus only.
In second place is the Art-series autofocus Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM model, closely followed by the Zeiss Apo Sonnar 2/135 (135mm f2.0). It has the highest peak sharpness of 19-Mpix on the D3200, slightly higher even than the Otus. As a 210mm equivalent it would be promising for theatre and stage performances, but with no autofocus option it may be challenging for sports or action photography. Nikon’s AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f1.8 model stands out for value.
At $195 it’s modestly priced and yet achieves a good DxOMark score, though peak sharpness is behind the Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC HSM A offering at $499.