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 Post subject: first dslr
PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:51 am 
Have now decided on the D3100 as my first dslr - the guide function plus the D5100 not available here yet, sold it. Now my quandry is lens. Have good prices for body plus 18-55 + 55-300 and a better price for body with a Tamron 18-250. Have read mixed reviews for the Tamron lens so would welcome input. Want the camera mainly for travel. I also want to be able to take good night/low light shots so should I add a 50mm F1.8 for this?


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The just announced 50/1.8 AF-s might be what you are looking for. Available at june 16.

I would go for either the Nikon 2 lens combo or if budget stretches the Nikon 18-200. The 18-250 is a tad too long to not have image stabilisation at f/6.3.

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I would prefer a 35mm F/1.8 for lowlight shots, the shorter focal length means it's easier to get a steady shot, and the field of view is wider than the 50 (which I prefer for general shooting).

It all depends on your situation. If you want to shoot music performances in a bar, get the 50mm.

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Thanks guys - it just gets too confusing sometimes, especially with fast talking salesmen trying to convince you A is better than B


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As mentioned, take a look at the new 50mm f/1.8, or if you'd perfer something wider, the DX 35mm f/1.8. I personally perfer the longer focal length of the 50mm (equivalent of about 75mm on DX), but it can be a personal choice, whatever you prefer shooting with. You could also take a look at Nikon's 50mm f/1.4 for even better low light shooting, especially in very dark situations.

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I would only get the 50 1.4 in some very specific situations. Remember that Gabby is just starting out :)

But I agree with your other point, the difference between a 35mm and a 50mm is a very personal choice. I really like the 35 better, but I know others who like the 50 more.

But in general, I'd recommend the 35 for lowlight walkaround, indoors, and the 50 for portraits, music/concerts.

(I have both the 35 1.8 and the 50 1.4)

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This question has been asked before, I would ask, "what are you going to shoot", that will give you the answer to what lens you need. e.g. a 35/50mm lens will be useless if you want to shoot wild life or sports. :roll:

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 5:03 pm 
Here is my recomendation on the subject. First the kit lenses are not very good quality and I learned that quite fast and imediately went out and got me the 50mm 1.8 and the 35mm 1.8 and never put the kit crap back on my D60 at the time.

The D3100 is a capable entry level camera and if you are looking at a goo piece of glass that can go with you through the hole DX range and be a solid lens then the Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 is perfect. 90% of your equipment importance is the glass and the body is a distant second.


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