New to DSLR, thinking about getting nikon 3200

Started Oct 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
ErikkaSmith Regular Member • Posts: 248
Re: New to DSLR, thinking about getting nikon 3200

Folex wrote:

Is there a zoom len under $300 that would be decent for low-light?

Yeah, the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G has an MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) of US$199.95 and that means you can get it cheap when you buy in some specialty shops.

The benefit of using a prime lens is that it will generally give you better Image Quality than a zoom lens in the same price range. Also, with prime lenses, it will be less expensive to implement a larger aperture (bigger f/ number) because of its less intricate design.

The cost of this is that you have to "zoom with your feet"; that is, you have a fixed focal length.

If you plan on getting a prime lens, consider first where your shooting will be. Will it be indoors? a studio environment with a tripod? in tight situations like in parties? in places far away from your subject like theaters and weddings? Once you know your distance,  you can choose which focal length would be best suited for you.

28mm , 35mm, 50mm (1.4 or 1.8), and 85mm are your options for your normal zooms. If you feel like being a sniper, then you also have longer telephoto focal lengths like the 300mm f/2.8G which has an impressive bokeh.

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Nikon D3 Nikon D3100 Nikon D7000 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G +2 more
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