Advice on entry level DSLR and lens.

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Advice on entry level DSLR and lens.

Post by groupCin1.43 » Thu May 05, 2016 1:57 pm

Hello all, I'm looking at making the jump to my 1st DSLR.

Back in the day I had extensive experience with photography (had a Canon A-1 and AE-1) when we had to spent half of our time in a darkroom. :lol:

I'm looking at a Nikon D3300 package. I've settled on this particular camera based on trying to get the best sensor and image quality for the fewest dollars. I don't need articulating screens and wifi.

Of the 2 choices in kits, one lens is 18-55mm vs 18-140mm. The longer lens seems like the better value but my previous experience tells me that if telephoto lenses have shallower depth of field will this be a disadvantage in shooting close ups of 1:43 models?

I'm wondering if I would be better off going with the standard kit lens of 18-55mm and spent the extra $200 on a better prime lens, if so what would be a suitable focal length?

Any advice/suggestions would be appreciated, thanks for looking.

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Re: Advice on entry level DSLR and lens.

Post by [KRAFTIG] » Thu May 05, 2016 5:19 pm

I'm no authority of DSLR cameras or lens, so I'll throw in my 2 cents... I recently moved from the Nikon D40 to D3300 Kit. I was quite happy with the D40, BUT I wanted the HD video option so I sold the D40 and put the money towards the new. In my opinion if this is your first camera, buy a used D40 with standard kit lens. The len's are upwards compatible so in the future if you want to upgrade you could buy the camera body only.

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Re: Advice on entry level DSLR and lens.

Post by groupCin1.43 » Thu May 05, 2016 6:11 pm

KRAFTIG, thanks for the advice.

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Re: Advice on entry level DSLR and lens.

Post by [KRAFTIG] » Thu May 05, 2016 6:50 pm

groupCin1.43 wrote:KRAFTIG, thanks for the advice.
No problem. I'm sure others may provide perspective.

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