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Help? 4 years 4 months ago #1821

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I just got my FIRST DSLR earlier today and i got the Nikon D3100. Thats what everyone recommended to me. So my question is, what is a good, cheap lens. Im kinda, almost out of money and would like to spend as least as possible but i want to get quality photos. Thanks in advance!
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Help? 4 years 4 months ago #1822

All depends what you want to create, we can't give advice without more info...
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Re: Help? 4 years 4 months ago #1829

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Agree with Greg, more detail needed.

Did you get the kit lens with the D3100? At a quick glance, the 35mm f/1.8 from Nikon is a very good standard lens and is not too expensive. But yeah, more info needed please. ;)
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Re: Help? 4 years 4 months ago #1836

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Like said before. We need to know what you are willing to create.

Even though, i want to mention that your glass in front of your camera is more important then the body. Your glass will go for ages with you, while your body will be replaced at some time.

So try not to take a too cheap lens. Or you will grow out of it soon.

And like mentioned before, the 35 1.8 Nikkor is a fantastic piece of glass for not so much money.

Good luck. Hope to hear you soon about your photography plans so we can help you find a good and decent lens.

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Re: Help? 4 years 4 months ago #1840

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Wow! Thanks for the replies already. And im not too sure what i want to make. As of right now im just experimenting with what i like and dislike and what im good at and not too good at. I just wanted like an all around lens or something. I have found out already i dont really like photographing people as much as natural things and stuff of that sort. Thank you all for the help again!
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Re: Help? 4 years 4 months ago #1841

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Do you have got a kit lens with the Nikon? Or you just bought a body only?

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Re: Help? 4 years 4 months ago #1842

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Yes I do have the 18-55 kit lens. Its ok but everyone says I need a better lens to be better.
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Re: Help? 4 years 4 months ago #1845

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Freddy Grudinsky wrote:
Yes I do have the 18-55 kit lens. Its ok but everyone says I need a better lens to be better.

Learn to shoot your style of images. Learn your camera. And try to get the best out of it.

When you are touching the limits of the camera and the limits of the lens, at that moment you know what your next step should be.

For now, stick with your current equipment. Maybe get a 35 1.8 to play with.. But stick with your current gear and try out what you want to photograph...

Good luck on your journey.

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Re: Help? 4 years 4 months ago #1846

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Ok, thank you for all your help. Its alot easier to get answers here than other forums and sites. Thank you!
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Re: Help? 4 years 4 months ago #1848

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I do want to ask though, since im still new :), why is that lens good? Wouldnt a higher mm lens be better?
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Re: Help? 4 years 4 months ago #1850

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A higher "mm" lens does not mean it is better. You can go "further" with a, lets say, 200mm than with a 55mm.

Your eye lens (Of the human body huh..) is between 35mm and 50mm. Thats what we see. When we put a 70-200 in front of our camera, it works like magnification.

The thing which makes a lens good, is the coating on the lens, the amount of elements. And off course, the F stop is very important.

Good luck :)
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Re: Help? 4 years 3 months ago #1852

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Learn to shoot your style of images. Learn your camera. And try to get the best out of it.

Couldn't have said it better myself. A 35mm would be a good addition as you will likely have it for years (like all good glass) but for now, the kit lens should be sufficient.
Yes I do have the 18-55 kit lens. Its ok but everyone says I need a better lens to be better.

That is not necessarily true. While a new 500mm top of the line lens would help you to get extra reach for sports/wildlife photography, it is completely useless if you don't know the basic rules of composition etc.

New kit can only help you to a point, it is also down to knowledge, creativity etc.
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