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    Default Nikon D3100 + Which lens?

    Thinking of picking up a Nikon D3100 at the weekend but I don't know if i should go with a kit lens or invest more of the budget into getting a couple of really good lenses to go with it so that if / when i get better the lenses won't let me down.

    I am primarily interested in photographing faces, and particularly for printing in B/W.

    for reference i consider myself a beginner as it's been a while since i picked up a camera in anger and the last one i owned was a Ricoh KR5....... student budget!

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    Hi and welcome.

    I would go with the standard kit lens of 18-55mm, then add a portrait lens.

    Need a budget?

    How about this? http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equ...mm-f-1-4g.html

    Or this?http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equ...mm-f-1-4g.html

    Have you seen this? http://www.digitaldepot.co.uk/used-e...-cashback.html

    http://www.digitaldepot.co.uk/second...nikon-fit.html

    The Nikon D3100 has a http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/tec...uivalents.html so lenses must be multiplied by 1.5


    Cheers!


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    Last edited by Chris Cool; 13-03-12 at 01:53 PM.

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    I was looking at spending 1k including the camera body.

    I think the lens you suggest may be a bit steep, what about the Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8 D plus something more utilitarian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twickenhamred View Post
    I was looking at spending 1k including the camera body.

    I think the lens you suggest may be a bit steep, what about the Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8 D plus something more utilitarian?
    The Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8 D -http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-revi...By=addFourStar. Could be all you need for portrait.

    What other lens do you think you want?


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    Hi Twickenhamred and welcome to the WDC forum.

    For the little extra you pay for the kit lens, it's worth getting it as its a good lens for general shooting.

    If you're into portraits, then we'd recommend you take a look at the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G for 179. With the D3100's 1.5x crop factor, the lens has a 35mm focal length equivalent of 75mm. This is a nice short telephoto that's well suited to portraits, while the maximum aperture of f/1.8 will allow for shallow depth-of-field shots.

    You might also be interested in the the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX lens for 160. This gives you a 35mm focal length of 52.5mm, which is classed as a 'standard' focal length because it mirrors what the human eye sees.

    While this may not sound that exciting, it's a classic focal length that can produce some lovely shots. It's also a great way to practice your technique.

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    Hi i am not a nikon user but looking at your budget it may be better to go for d5100 as you may out grow the d3100 quickly. this way you wont waste money in a few months getting a more advanced camera

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    I would definitely go with the 35mm f/1.8G lens that Phil Hall recommended.

    It is an outstanding lens for the price and it is specifically designed with DX bodies in mind (roughly equivalent to a standard 50mm on an FX body and very light - it would be a pity to use a relatively lightweight camera with a heavy lens).

    Although if you want a bit more length, the 50mm is also very lightweight (both roughly 200g) and the picture quality is excellent (I have owned one for a while).

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