Need help with first DSLR

Started Jul 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Nexu1 Senior Member • Posts: 2,746
Re: Need help with first DSLR

GillyTheKid wrote:

What do you think of this setup?

All refurbs

d5100 - $349 at Cameta

Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 - $209 at Cameta

Nikon 70-300mm - $349 at Cameta (or $325 at Roberts. I haven't been to that site yet)

This is a very good kit, capable of very good shots.

The main thing you are missing, in my opinion, is a lens to shoot in low light, which is what people typically want/need for photographing the children. If you want to take pictures of the kids in the house (birthday parties, Christmas, random Saturday morning, etc...), you want/need either the 35mm f1.8g or 50mm f1.8g. The wide aperture will allow you to collect more light which will allow you to shoot without a flash, faster shutter speed and also with a shallow depth of field (blur the background a little bit) which will give you the "WOW" type shots you're really after.

Me personally, I'd take the 18-55, 70-300, 35mm f1.8 over the 18-105 & 70-300. If photographing the kids is a priority the 35mm is a must have.

This photo is a smidge not as sharp as possible but the f1.8 blurs out the background and it's easily printable to 5x7 or higher

Check out those settings: f2, 1/80, ISO800. Tough to get these shots with a slower aperture lens.

Again, at f1.8, 1/100 and ISO800... good luck getting that shot without flash with something like the 18-105. You'd probably be f4 or f4.5 and something like 1/20 of a second, difficult to handhold and too slow to freeze the child's motion.

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