Lens Help: Is there a "best lens" when it comes to video with my Nikon D5300

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Lens Help: Is there a "best lens" when it comes to video with my Nikon D5300

Hey Everyone,

I'm about to purchase a Nikon 5300. I was curious if there is a specific lens that I should be using over another if I'm taking video or that doesn't matter and it's more about what pictures I plan on taking.

What I will be using the lens for:

Video: The video will be of a lot of different things but a lot of my wife and 4 year old daughter doing everyday stuff.

Pictures: Most of my pictures will be outdoors of people. Mostly everyday pics of my daughter. Since I won't be purchasing multiple lens I would like to purchase a good quality lens or if I can get two lens in that budget that would be nice. Should I purchase a prime lens?

Here are my options for my camera purchase:

1) I could just purchase the body and then a separate lens. Body $795

2) Camera with lens kit- 8-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens $1096

Or I could purchase a lens that was recommended by people here. See recommendations below.

My Total Budget is $1200-1400 for camera and lens. This excludes any other stuff I'll need like a tripod, memory card and so on.

If I just purchase body then my budget for glass is up to $600.

Here are the recommendations for glass that I have received:

Get a 50mm f1.4. "Which is a great prime lens"

New Nikon 18-140

Sigma 17-70 F2.8-4 DC OS HSM C- Reason given why to purchase this one: "The focal range on that lens is great for everything from landscape (17mm even on a crop sensor is pretty wide) to portrait (70mm provides decent compression, and the fact that it can reach f4 at that end means you have a chance to dabble in subject isolation by moderately blurring the fore/background)"

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 non VC version- Reason given "if you want superior optics at a very reasonable price"

After this purchase I don't plan on purchasing any more glass until I can start to become experienced and maybe earn a few bucks taking portraits or everyday shots of people.

I had someone takes some photos of my daughter and I outdoors (she was using a canon 7d with a 50mm 1.4 lens). I thought the pictures were great.

Sorry for the long thread but I wanted to put much detail as possible.

Canon EOS 7D Nikon D5300
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