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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011

    NIKON D3100- confused beginner

    Hi, I will be purchasing a Nikon D3100 in the next few days. I am a 50 y.o. beginner and I would like to purchase a decent "kit". The basic D3100 camera comes with a 18-55 gvr dx lenses with options to purchase a 55-200mm g ed vr or the 70-300 ed vr. Which one of the options would you recommend if any?

    a reply would be greatly appreciated

    thank you and have a great day!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Hi northvetter

    I'd probably go with 18-55 lens if you're just starting out. The reason being it's relatively small and light, but still provides a useful zoom range when you're out and about. The vibration reduction is nice to have too.

    You'll find that seasoned users will usually complain all day long about the quality of kit lens, but they offer good value for money, especially when you're first starting out and learning the ropes.

    Just one note, if you plan on shooting wildlife or sports etc., then a longer lens may be useful. However, keep in mind the extra weight (which is important if you're coming from a compact camera) and other trade-offs.

    One final point: take your time and save your money. DSLRs aren't for everyone, and there's a myriad of accessories out there which means it's easy to go way over budget. Start simple and only spend as your needs dictate.

    Good luck!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    God's Country - Australia
    What will you be using the camera for mainly.
    D800e l V3 l AW1 l 16-35 l 35 l 50 l 85 l 105 l EM1 l 7.5 l 12-40 l 14 l 17 l 25 l 45 l 60 l 75

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Terra Australis Incognita
    Do I understand you are getting the 18-55 lens plus (a longer lens like the 55-200VR or 70-300VR). If so, as Rooz asked, what's the long lens for?
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
    Pressing the shutter is the start of the process - Joe McNally ... Buying the body is the start of the process - Dread Pirate

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