We spent 27 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. While it isn’t the most widely used effect in photography, the fisheye look still has some practical and impractical applications that you might enjoy, from capturing breathtaking landscapes to making people’s faces look weird. These lenses are the best options on the market for Nikon cameras. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.
6. Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC
The Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC is undeniably a little long in the tooth, but it’s so exceptionally lightweight that you can grab it and throw it in your bag for whenever you want to break out this effect and you might even forget it’s there.
Given its maximum aperture, the Rokinon HD8M-N 8mm f/3.5 HD isn’t going to give you much of a shallow depth of field, even with your subjects relatively close to the lens. It’s intended for bodies with APS-C sized sensors, so it will operate as a 16mm on a full-frame.
If you own an APS-C body and you want to stay in-brand for your glass, then the AF Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 DX makes a great choice. Its built-in hood does an admirable job of keeping flare from the sun or harsh indoor lights out of your images.
The gel filter holder that comes with the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX allows you to apply anything from color effects to neutral density for exposure reduction, making this a great option for filmmakers who struggle with high native ISOs.
Shooters who prefer the manual focusing experience can get outstanding images for a fraction of the cost that the top brands demand by opting for the Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide. Its focus ring provides a long, smooth throw, and its body includes a handy distance guide.
If you want your fishbowl effect to come with a little added versatility, then you’ll appreciate the zoom range on the Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E. In addition to giving you control over focal length, you gain the ability to manage the distortion, as well.