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 Post subject: New here!
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:31 am 

Joined: Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:23 am
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I'm new here, I've just gotten myself a Nikon D3100.

I fell in love with the DSLR after I borrowed my Dad's D3100 earlier this year. So I bought my own.

However - I only really take photos of animals - I have 5 dogs (3 that live with me). So whats the best lens for animated shots?

I got some good results with my Dad's Sigma 70-300mm. Will post them in the photo section. :)

 Post subject: Re: New here!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:12 pm 

Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:55 pm
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Location: SE Texas
Welcome to the forum! :)

I have relatively little practical experience with the DX (cropped-frame sensor) Nikons, such as yours, so I will let other members recommend specific lenses. Your camera lacks a focusing motor, so unless you are willing to focus manually, you must use AF-S lenses that have the focusing motor within the lens. The older AF and AF-D lenses, some of which are still in production, require a camera body with an in-built focusing motor, in order to have auto-focus ability.

I tend to use a Canon 135mm f/2 lens to photograph our dogs, with a "full-frame" 5D camera. If I use a wider focal length lens, the dogs become a bit camera-shy; the 135mm allows me to keep a sufficiently discreet distance. A fairly equivalent angle of view would be achieved with an 85mm lens on your DX camera body, and Nikon's AF-S 85mm 1.8G has an excellent reputation. You can test whether you like this angle of view, by using your Dad's 70-200mm at 85mm.

I may well acquire an AF-S 85mm 1.8G, myself, eventually.

Canon 5Ds R/7D2/7D/5D/40D/1D2N/M3; Nikon F6/D3s/D700/FM3A/1Dx/Coolpix A. Lens selection undergoing changes; some favorites: Zeiss 2/135 APO Sonnar, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS and 135L, Nikkor 14-24/2.8G and 24-70/2.8G.

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