Need help with first DSLR

Started Jul 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
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BlueJakester
BlueJakester Senior Member • Posts: 2,163
Re: Need help with first DSLR

baloo_buc wrote:

I would not take the twin kit lenses though. Try to find a kit with 18-105 mm VR lens and, eventually, you may buy a telephoto zoom (BTW I would look at 70-300 mm VR) if you find out that 105 mm is hindering you a lot.

I agree with this. I had the 18-55 and 55-200 lenses with my D3100 kit and while they were OK as starters, I was disappointed with the lack of sharpness.

If starting over with the D5200 I would buy something like the kit linked to below (it comes with a few extras like spare battery, holster bag and memory card) or just the body only and the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens for around $200.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/910173-REG/nikon_13216_d5200_digital_slr_camera.html

You may also wish to check out the Nikon Buy Together and Save promotion. Some good discounts to be had on quality lenses when purchased with the body:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/promotion/10386/nikon-buy-together-and-save.html

If you get into birding you'll definitely want a zoom or telephoto that reaches to at least 300mm. I'm happy with the Nikon 70-300mm VR and you'll see many fine photos taken with it posted in this forum. Check out bird pics from Rudy Pohl here.

Good luck, have fun!

Jake

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Nikon D7100 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C Rokinon 8mm F2.8 UMC Aspherical Fisheye +2 more
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