Newbie gear question 2300 budget.

Started Feb 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
Tom_N Forum Pro • Posts: 14,120
Re: Some questions

juvx wrote:
To simplify things lets forget the indoor sports because i know thats the most expensive thing to shoot well.

That's exactly why it is important to consider it now.

If you're talking about a generic (lens + flash) kit, here's one way you could put one together. Pick a lens from column 1, a lens from column 2, a lens from column 3, and a tilt/bounce external TTL flash for your camera, and you're done.

COLUMN #1: Inexpensive wide-angle to moderate telephoto. E.g., on Nikon DX:

  • Nikon 18-55mm VR
  • Nikon 18-105mm VR
  • Nikon 18-140mm VR
  • Nikon 16-85mm VR
  • Third-party 18-50mm constant f/2.8

COLUMN #2: Inexpensive, slow, longer telephoto. E.g., on Nikon DX:

  • Nikon 55-300mm VR
  • Nikon 70-300mm VR

COLUMN #3: Fast,, normal prime. E.g., on Nikon DX:

  • Nikon 35mm f/1.8

(Substitute Canon, etc. counterparts as appropriate.)

Column #1 covers landscapes and most indoor snapshots (with the aid of flash). Column #2 covers things like trips to zoos (although serious birders tend to use even longer lenses). Column #3 gives you some low-light ability for nearby subjects (i.e., not for dance rehearsals).

But if you know you will need a fast telephoto lens for dance rehearsals, it might not be a good idea to spend a lot on a "kit" or slow lens that you will need to replace sooner (rather than later) with an even more expensive one.

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