Choosing an amateur Nikon camera and a lens for it

Every day I get questions like 'which digital SLR camera to buy Nikon'. In this article I will share my experience on this matter. I have shot with almost all Nikon DSLRs with different lenses and in different conditions. Some things in choosing a camera for beginners may not be obvious, but believe me, in this article, I have thought out everything as much as possible and adjusted it as much as possible for the optimal and truthful options for choosing.

Popular Nikon cameras

Popular Nikon cameras

To begin, I advise you to understand what is the camera forthen you need to determine the most suitable class of cameras that are suitable for the selected tasks.

All Nikon digital SLR cameras are very easily divided into 4 classes:

  1. Amateur cameras (entry level) - these cameras are aimed at people who just need to get a high-quality photo without delving into the subtleties and settings of the camera. These are the so-called cameras - 'pointed and took off '. Most often, amateur cameras are best suited to people who don't do photography professionally, they just want a good camera for home, leisure, travel, family, nature, etc.. The main requirements for such a camera are ease, simplicity in management, reasonable price.
  2. Advanced Amateur Cameras (Advanced) - these cameras have advanced functionality with a large number of specific settings that can be dealt with for a long time. These cameras are suitable for advanced amateurs who at least basic knowledge of camera settings either want to get a good potential for mastering photography skills.  These cameras are noticeably more expensive, heavier, but still with the same intuitive controls as entry-level cameras.
  3. Professional cameras (cameras of the upper price range) - these cameras are created for people who are engaged in photography professionally, they know a lot about photography and are not afraid of manual settings. Typically, these cameras have a much better body, functionality and support additional extensions and capabilities. These cameras are not suitable for amateurs as do not have automatic shooting modes and have a specific professional management with a small number of tips.
  4. Flagship professional cameras (TOP cameras) - these are cameras with exorbitant workmanship and functionality, are needed exclusively for professional purposes. These are the cameras that everyone else is equal to, like a 'flagship'. These cameras are not suitable for beginners and hobbyists.

Nikon itself makes the distribution even easier, only professional and amateur cameras exist on the official Nikon website, but wikipedia also divides Nikon cameras into 4 levels. By the way, the words 'camera', 'camera' and 'camera' in this article, and in many others, mean the same thing. View a graphical distribution of cameras by category can here.

Basic separation of Nikon interchangeable lens cameras

Basic separation of Nikon interchangeable lens cameras

For beginners and lovers I recommend entry-level Nikon amateur cameras.

A camera is a complex technical device, and technology does not stand still. It so happened that in my rating cameras from Nikon can be traced clear correlation of camera output - the newer the camera, the better it is. For 2017, following this logic and other details, the best amateur camera is Nikon D5600, this can be seen from the nameplate below.

When choosing a camera, I do not recommend paying much attention to the number of megapixels, in most cases a large number of megapixels is not in demand and even unnecessarily (these issues are covered in more detail here, here и here). Once again, in big letters - think about the fact that megapixels in amateur-grade DSLR cameras do not solve anything at all.

Each Nikon camera model is highlighted by a link that leads to its review, which describes all of its features.

The question of choice is very much limited by your budget.. I recommend buying a camera that fits into your budget based on the ratings below:

Model Rating Exit time The number of MP Speed ​​c / s Point focus. Video Comment
D5600 1 November 2015 24 5 (4) 39 Full HD 60p with autofocus Very nice amateur cam
D5500 2 January 2015 24 5 (4) 39 Full HD 60p with autofocus A very good option for an amateur camera
D5300 3 November 2013 24 5 (4) 39 Full HD 60p with autofocus A very good option for an amateur camera
D5200 4 November 2012 24 5 39 Full HD 60i with autofocus Great option for an amateur camera
D3300 5 January 2014 24 5 11 Full HD 60p with autofocus Great option for an amateur camera
D3500 6 August 2018 24 5 11 Full HD 60p with autofocus Great option for an amateur camera
D3400 7 August 2016 24 5 11 Full HD 60p with autofocus Great option for an amateur camera
D5100 8 April 2011 16,2 4 11 Full HD 30p with autofocus Good option with rotary display
D3200 9 24,2 4 11 Full HD 30p with autofocus Good option, no rotary display
D3100 10 December 2010 14,2 3 11 Full HD 24fps with autofocus A good option without a rotary display
D5000 11 June 2009 12,3 4 11 HD 720p, no autofocus Bad video quality
D3000 12 December 2009 10,2 3 11 No Old matrix, does not work well in dark conditions
D60 13 March 2008 10,2 3 3 No Old matrix, does not work well in dark conditions, few focus points
D40x 14 May 2007 10,2 3 3 No Old matrix, does not work well in dark conditions, few focus points
D40 15 December 2006 6,1 2,5 3 No Slow shooting speed, low ISO, few focus points
D50 16 July 2005 6,1 2,5 5 No There is a focus motor. Very small display, very old camera

All these cameras are cameras. Nikon DX  (cameras with a cropped sensor format APS-C). All amateur cameras except Nikon D50, do not have a built-in focus motor and should use only lenses to achieve auto focus Nikon AF-S, AF-I, AF-Por lenses third party manufacturersthat have a built-in focus motor. Also, all amateur cameras except Nikon D50, do not have an additional monochrome display for quick setup of basic functions. And yet these cameras do not have an additional front selector (disk), which on more advanced models is located under the power button. Nor do they have buttons for previewing the depth of field, and their built-in flash cannot remotely control external flashes in automatic mode. These cameras do not have a mode high speed sync with flashes for shooting at extremely short excerpt. Most of these functions are not in demand for the amateur and are not particularly critical when choosing a camera.

If there are financial constraints, then good budget option there will be a camera Nikon D3500, which I recommend as Nikon's first DSLR for beginners and amateurs who don't plan on getting into photography in the future. Although she is ranked lower than D3300but it is still available for sale.

It's important: The era of SLR cameras is gone. Mirrorless cameras are all the rage right now. Nikon has a few mirrorless cropped cameras of the Nikon DX series.

All Nikon DX lenses for mirrorless cameras with Nikon Z mount and APS-C sensor

  1. Nikon Nikkor ZDX 24 mm 1:1.7 [May 2023]
  2. Nikon Nikkor ZDX 12-28 mm 1:3.5-5.6PZ VR [April 2023]
  3. Nikon Nikkor ZDX 16-50 mm 1:3.5-6.3VR [October 2019]
  4. Nikon Nikkor ZDX 18-140 mm 1:3.5-6.3VR [October 2021]
  5. Nikon Nikkor ZDX 50-250 mm 1:4.5-6.3VR [October 2019]

For Nikon Z DX (APS-C), there are third-party autofocus lenses:

Cameras Nikon Z DX (APS-C)

  1. Nikon z50 [October 2019, AliExpress]
  2. Nikon Z fc [June 2021, black/silver, AliExpress]
  3. Nikon z30 [June 2022, AliExpress]

Among advanced amateur SLR cameras, the best is full frame Nikon D780. If you don’t want to mess with the full frame, then Nikon is the best option among cropped cameras. D7500.

Model Rating Exit time The number of MP Speed ​​c / s Point focus. Video Comment
D780 (FX) 1 January 2020 24,2 7 (12) 51 4K 30p with autofocus The best option for an advanced amateur camera. Full frame.
D750 (FX) 2 September 2014 24,3 6,5 51 Full HD 60p with autofocus A very good option for an advanced amateur camera. Full frame.
D610 (FX) 3 October 2013 24,3 6,0 39 Full HD 30p with autofocus A very good option for an advanced amateur camera. Full frame.
D600 (FX) 4 November 2012 24,3 5,5 39 Full HD 30p with autofocus A good option for an advanced amateur camera. Full frame.
D7500 5 April 2017 20,2 8 51 4K auto focus The best option for a cropped advanced amateur camera.
D7200 6 March 2015 24,0 6 (7) 51 Full HD 30p (DX) and 60p (1.3x) with autofocus A very good option for a cropped advanced amateur camera.
D7100 7 February 2013 24,0 6 (7) 51 Full HD 30p (DX) and 60i (1.3x) with autofocus A good option for a cropped advanced amateur camera.
D7000 8 November 2010 16,2 6 39 Full HD 24p with autofocus A good option for a cropped camera
D90 9 October 2008 12,3 4,5 11 HD 720p, no autofocus Good option, badly shoots video
D80 10 September 2006 10,2 3 11 No Old camera with a good feature set
D70s 11 April 2005 6,1 3 5 No Morally obsolete camera, has a small display, few focus points
D70 12 January 2004 6,1 3 5 No Morally obsolete camera, has a small display, few focus points

Advanced amateur cameras Nikon D70, D70s, D80, D90, D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500 are cameras Nikon DX. Cameras Nikon D600, D610, D750, D780 are full-length, Nikon class FX. Unlike amateur cameras, all advanced amateur cameras have a built-in focus motor and can use non-motorized, sometimes cheaper type optics AF (optics AF S, AF-I, AF-P may also be suitable). These cameras have a monochrome display for quick setup of all basic functions, an additional selector under the shutter button, a depth of field preview button, and their built-in flash can remotely control other flashes automatically. All advanced amateur cameras except Nikon D70, D70s have very useful high speed sync function when using external flash units.

Attention: physical matrix size all-all Nikon DX cameras are the same. Physical matrix size all Nikon FX cameras, too, are the same. Matrix size Nikon FX is 2.25 times larger than Nikon DX. This is described in more detail in the section Fx / dx.

A good option for an advanced camera would be a model Nikon D7100, which I recommend as the first Nikon SLR camera for advanced users who want to get a huge amount of functionality for a not-so-large amount of money. There is also focus motor and nice control fast flash sync, a huge 3-inch display, the ability to control flashes through Nikon CLS, Live View mode and high-quality video shooting.

About the video: auto focus on all Nikon SLR cameras does not work well or not very well when shooting video. This is because the DSLR mechanism is not well adapted to focusing with the mirror up, which is required by video mode. Usually focusing when recording video occurs by contrast, and not using the camera's phase sensors. You need to be prepared for the fact that autofocus speed will sometimes be hundreds of times worse than on conventional compact cameras. If the speed and accuracy of focusing for video is very important, then I recommend considering buying mirrorless camera cameras Nikon Z6, Nikon Z7, Nikon z50 etc..

I specifically do not affect professional cameras such as Nikon D500, D300s, D5, D4s, D850, D810, Df - because there are very slippery moments among the choice of a professional line camera. For professionals, this will be interesting performance plate.

Mirrorless cameras with Nikon Z mount

Nikon now has full-frame mirrorless cameras Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7, as well as a small fleet of lenses for them. With these cameras, you can use lenses from SLR cameras using the Nikon FTZ adapter. If there are a lot of problems with accurate information, it’s better to ask me about these cameras in the comments.

It's important: The era of SLR cameras is gone. Mirrorless cameras are all the rage right now.

Full frame Nikon Z mount cameras

  1. Nikon z5 [July 2020, AliExpress]
  2. Nikon z6 [August 2018]
  3. Nikon z6 ii [October 2020, AliExpress]
  4. Nikon z7 [August 2018]
  5. Nikon z7 ii [October 2020, AliExpress]
  6. Nikon z8 [May 2023, AliExpress]
  7. Nikon z9 [October 2021, AliExpress]
  8. Nikon Zf [September 2023]

List of all 'Nikon Nikkor Z' full-frame lenses for mirrorless cameras with Nikon Z mount


  1. Nikon Nikkor Z 20 mm 1:1.8 S [February 2020, Aliexpress Nikon Store]
  2. Nikon Nikkor Z 24 mm 1:1.8 S [September 2019, AliExpress]
  3. Nikon Nikkor Z 26 mm 1:2.8 [January 2023]
  4. Nikon Nikkor Z 28 mm 1:2.8 [October 2021, AliExpress]
  5. Nikon Nikkor Z 28 mm 1:2.8 SE [June 2021]
  6. Nikon Nikkor Z 35 mm 1:1.8 S [August 2018, AliExpress]
  7. Nikon Nikkor Z 40 mm 1:2 [September 2021, AliExpress]
  8. Nikon Nikkor Z 40 mm 1:2 SE [November 2022]
  9. Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm 1:1.2 S [September 2020]
  10. Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm 1:1.8 S [August 2018, AliExpress]
  11. Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm 1:2.8 MC [June 2021]
  12. Nikon Nikkor Z 58 mm 1:0.95 S Nod [October 2019]
  13. Nikon Nikkor Z 85 mm 1:1.2 S [January 2023]
  14. Nikon Nikkor Z 85 mm 1:1.8 S [July 2019, AliExpress]
  15. Nikon Nikkor Z 105 mm 1:2.8 S VR MC [June 2021]
  16. Nikon Nikkor Z 135 mm 1:1.8 S full [September 2023]
  17. Nikon Nikkor Z 400 mm 1:2.8 S VR TC [January 2022]
  18. Nikon Nikkor Z 400 mm 1:4.5 S VR [June 2022, AliExpress]
  19. Nikon Nikkor Z 600 mm 1:4 S VR TC [November 2022]
  20. Nikon Nikkor Z 600 mm 1:6.3 S VR PF [October 2023]
  21. Nikon Nikkor Z 800 mm 1:6.3 S VR PF [April 2022]


  1. Nikon Nikkor Z 14-24 mm 1:2.8 S [September 2020, Aliexpress Nikon Store]
  2. Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30 mm 1:4 S [January 2019, AliExpress]
  3. Nikon Nikkor Z 17-28 mm 1:2.8 [September 2022, AliExpress]
  4. Nikon Nikkor Z 24-50 mm 1: 4-6.3 [July 2020, AliExpress]
  5. Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70 mm 1:4 S [August 2018, AliExpress]
  6. Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70 mm 1:2.8 S [February 2019, AliExpress]
  7. Nikon Nikkor Z 24-120 mm 1:4 S [October 2021, AliExpress]
  8. Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200 mm 1: 4-6.3 VR [February 2020, AliExpress]
  9. Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75 mm 1:2.8 [December 2021, AliExpress]
  10. Nikon Nikkor Z 28-400 mm 1: 4-8 VR [March 2024]
  11. Nikon Nikkor Z 70-180 mm 1:2.8 [June 2023]
  12. Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200 mm 1:2.8 S VR [January 2020, AliExpress]
  13. Nikon Nikkor Z 100-400 mm 1: 4.5-5.6 S VR [October 2021]
  14. Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600 mm 1: 5.6-6.3 VR [June 2023]

Third party autofocus full-frame lenses for Nikon Z mount

  1. felttrox: 16/1.8, 20/2.8, 24/1.8, 28/1.8, 35/1.8, 40/2.5, 50/1.8, 85/1.8
  2. Tamron: 28-75/2.8G2, 35-150/2-2.8, 70-300/4.5-6.3, 150-500/5-6.7
  3. yongnuo: 35/2, 50/1.8, 85/1.8
  4. Meike: 50/1.8, 85/1.8, 85/1.4
  5. TTArtisan: 32/2.8
  6. 7Artisans: 50/1.8
  7. AstrHori: 85/1.8
  8. laowa: 10/2.8


Usually the camera is sold separately from the lens, this is called bodyand sometimes the camera is sold with some kind of lens, this is called Kit, and the supplied lens is called 'whale lens'. Attention: take pictures with one camera body You can’t take pictures always with a lens.

Important: usually, if you buy a camera with a whale lens (Kit kit), then such a kit will cost less than buying a camera and lens separately.

Native (whale) lens

There are lenses really different for different purposes and for different tasks. Usually, the camera comes with a universal standard lens that can be used for basic photographic tasks. With a standard lens, you can shoot landscapes, and close-up objects, and portraits - almost anything. Usually the most common lens is Nikon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 (one of 6 possible modifications) Instead of this lens, I highly recommend purchasing a kit with one of the following candidates:

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-105 mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-140 mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical
  3. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200 mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

The above lenses are suitable for all Nikon DX cameras.. In online stores, the names of lenses can be specified differently, but they can be easily determined by the value of the focal length, for example, 18-105, 18-140, 18-200, etc.

Very important: choosing a lens is just as important as choosing a camera. The lens is sometimes so important that it is better to take a cheaper / simpler camera, but with a higher quality lens. Take my advice - instead of buying and using a camera with a lens Nikon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 (or any modification of it), look for the recommended options mentioned above.

If you're on a budget, the best versatile, fast, professional Nikon DX lenses are Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G ED IF AF-S DX Nikkor и Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 16-80mm 1: 2.8-4E N ED VR Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF Aspherical. ask note to the fact that this is purely my recommendations and in each individual case the recommendations can be very different.

What do all these mean incomprehensible coded designations in the names of the lenses can take a look here.

List of all professional lenses for Nikon DX cameras can be found here (there are 4 of them).

The choice of other non-universal lenses requires a separate large article, but in addition to the full-time (universal whale) lens, I recommend getting a fast, discrete fixed lens. Such a lens does not know how to zoom, but it has a very high aperture. Huge aperture will allow you to shoot without problems in poor lighting conditions, control the depth of field (create blurred background in photos), create a bokeh effect, get brighter and more vibrant colors in photos. In good light, such a lens allows you to shoot at a very short shutter speed, thereby 'freezing' objects in motion.

Recommended list of fast fixed lenses:

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical (for any Nikon DX cameras)
  2. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical (for any cameras)
  3. Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (for any cameras with a focus motor)

Usually the first such lens is the so-called 'half a ruble'(the last two in the list). The entire lineup of fifty kopecks for Nikon cameras can be found here.

You will find a complete list of all Nikon DX lenses. here.

Thoughts on optional external flash find in the section Which flash to choose for Nikon cameras?

How to check the camera upon purchase is described in the section 'Camera check'.

Recommendations for choosing a Canon camera can be found in the 'What kind of amateur Canon SLR camera to buy'.

Nikon or Canon? I have touched upon this question in a series of articles on this subject: time, two, three.

My experience

I had many Nikon cameras at my disposal: D700 (about 4 years) D90 (3 years), D80 (2 years), D40 (2 years), D200 (1 year), Nikon D70s (half a year) Nikon D70 (half a year) Nikon D100 (half a year) Canon 350D (2 years), Canon 450D (year), Canon 300D (half a year), Canon EOS 5D (1 year), Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro (about a year) Nikon AF N8008s (2 years), many cameras of other brands (like Sony a7). Due to the fact that I am writing camera reviews and work professional photographer, then in my hands I held and shot almost all models of Nikon and Canon SLR cameras.

Over the past 2-3 years, everything orders I shoot on Nikon D700 or Nikon D610 (I take from friends). Also i like Sony a7which I use for the needs of this site. For home in 2015, I bought myself Nikon D40which I love very much for a pleasant color performance. In 2017, I bought and Nikon D70s, which is not a pity to use in any conditions, the gallery of images from this camera is located just below. In 2018, in fact, I got a gift Nikon D100, pictures from her can be looked here. I do not hesitate to shoot on old cameras, as I know for sure that the final result depends more on other factors (described here).

From personal experience I can add that choosing a camera is not an easy matter, it is especially difficult to choose the first camera, then everything becomes simpler and choosing something else becomes very, very simple. Take my advice - don't chase megapixels, they practically don't solve anything. I wish everyone to find exactly 'their very best camera', and also remember that important how to take pictures, but not by what means.

Alternative versions at the lowest price

If you have a urge to take pictures in your blood, and the budget for the purchase of an SLR camera is very limited, I recommend looking in the direction of used cameras. In used cameras are nothing wrong. For example, for only $ 100 can buy used Nikon D40 (or D50, or D70, or D70s, or D80) with a whale lens Nikon 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6GII ED AF-S DX Nikkor. Even such an old DSLR will in many ways be better than some modern digital soap dishes and even advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, such as Nikon 1 J1.

Nikon D40 body on the secondary market can be found for 60-100 ye - this is one of the cheapest SLR cameras of all time. For 80-100 USD you can find a pretty super-zoom to it Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical or Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5G ED DX SWM IF Aspherical and shoot for your own pleasure.

My practice has shown that The following models may be the cheapest and most functional.:

On this link you can see my picture gallery obtained with a fairly old camera Nikon D70 and a fast fifty-fifty lens Nikon 50mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor (MKII, Nikon JAPAN).

On this link You can see my gallery of pictures obtained with the help of an old man Nikon D100 (Nikon's first digital SLR camera in a classic case) paired with a fast fifty-pound lens Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8 (MKII, MADE IN CHINA).

Imagine what can be removed on a better modern technology?

You will find many examples of inexpensive autofocus photo equipment among my galleries. here.

You can still get old soviet fast lens, such as MS Helios-81H 2/50 or any other inexpensive manual lenssuch as Nikon Nikkor-SC Auto 1: 1.4 f = 50mm и study just super-awesome shots, however, will have to lose auto focus.

Well, if you are a real ninja photographer and want to use some unusually stunning DSLR sword for a small amount of money, then I highly recommend that you look into my article Legends go to battle.

And that's not all, if you really want to shoot on full camera, then you can organize such a pleasure for yourself for just $ 240. How? Read in the section 'Full Frame for $ 240'.

If you’re not comfortable with Nikon amateur cameras, you can take a look a complete list of all Nikon Central Control Unitswhere you can find the top Nikon D1 professional cameras, D1h, D1x, D2h, D2x, D2hs, D2xs, D3, D3s, D3x, D4, D4s, D5, and top-tier cameras Nikon D100, D200, D300, D300s, D500, D700, D800,D800E, D810, D810a, D850. By the way, Nikon has also created a very interesting camera with a retro body design and without the ability to shoot video - Nikon DF :).


Progress does not stand still, basically, the newer the camera, the better it is, but even with relatively old SLR cameras you can get wonderful image quality, since the photo quality affects not only the camera.

To choose the best option, just decide on the budget and use my rating of cameras in the plate.

I am constantly updating and adding to this article. This article was last edited on February 29, 2024.

I don’t understand anything and I was lost in the choice!

Just tell me the budget that you are willing to spend on the camera and the purpose of buying the camera (what you will shoot for and in what) in the comments and they will tell you the best option. Anyway, ask any of your questions in the comments under this article (the site does NOT require absolutely no registration). You can consult me ​​directly on these contacts.

Material prepared Arkady Shapoval. Training/Consultations | Youtube | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Telegram

Add a comment:



Comments: 1 948, on the topic: Choosing an amateur Nikon camera and a lens for it

  • Hope

    I'm training to be a dream photographer, now I have a D5200, but I want a more professional one
    I want to start taking family photos, couples, and fashion
    there is a Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens
    Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G

    budget up to 80 max up to 100 tr

    • Dmitry Kostin

      The D5200's capabilities will be enough for a lot at first.
      It is enough to buy in addition to the fact that you already have a whale 18-55 or 18-105.
      Buying a Z5 or Z6 or R6 won't improve your photos now.
      The budget is not enough for anything other than a rickety D610 or 6D and a kit lens, like 24-85 or 24-105.

    • twm

      Hope the camera isn't that important. Photography is created by light and lenses. And – your photography skill.
      Your task is to use the available light and build a composition.
      Learn to work with natural light, learn to supplement it with flash - indoors and outdoors. Learn how to frame a shot. Learn the technical basics - learn the same dependence of depth of field on aperture. And then intuition and experience will tell you.

      Regarding lenses: for example, I use a pair of two – 50 and 135 mm. And they are enough for me for almost any of the tasks you mentioned. A pair of 35 and 85 mm can be used just as effectively.
      Look at Arkady's articles on focal length - learn what EGF is. On your crop camera (for a pair of 50 and 135), 35 and 85 mm lenses will give a similar viewing angle. For a pair of 35 and 85 you need 24 mm and 50.

      So, whether 35 mm or 50 mm, they are great for half-length portraits. And group ones - say, for a couple of people in the frame. The second ones – 85 and 135 mm – are the kings of shoulder and face photos. And with any of these lenses you can take an excellent full-length photo.

      Dmitry advised me to buy an additional kit lens - and I really don’t know why. It’s better, in my opinion, to gain experience: the bundles from your camera and the fifty dollars you already have are more than enough. It really is enough: you can take amazing photos.
      Next, if you don’t give up, get a flash like the SB-700 and try taking pictures indoors with the flash pulse reflected from the walls and ceiling. And then intuition and experience, as I said above, will tell you.

      • Dmitry Kostin

        “he advised me to buy an additional kit lens - and I really don’t know why.”
        It is very inexpensive and quite effective and can always be sold for about the same money as you bought it for.
        It will be useful in conditions where there are not enough fixes for one reason or another.
        Well, it will also work as a travel zoom for the first time.
        Such a purchase will not burden your budget, but will also allow you to gain experience.

  • Aleksandr

    Hi all!

    I am interested in photography, but only in theory for now.
    I am planning to buy a budget DSLR from the NIKON series and a lens.
    Please advise which model to start with and which lens is best to choose for my purposes.
    I am interested in photographing landscapes, animals and plants, and nature in general.

    Budget 400-500 euros to start.
    I don’t disdain the used market, I read that you can start with a used option and haven’t figured it out yet.

    I would be grateful for advice and tips.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      boo. d7100 + 18-140

      • Aleksandr

        Thank you Let me get acquainted

        • Oleksandr

          I recently bought a d7200 for 450 € with a mileage of less than 5000 frames. The camera is just a bomb. So why take episode 7×00? You won't regret it. Of those 7000, 7100, 7200 and 7500, I would take the one with the lowest mileage since the smells are even similar (7500 fresh and will be more expensive, finding a carcass for at least 680 € but mileage for 40000) and 7100 can for 300 -350€ know s 40-50 thousand frames.

Add a comment

Copyright © Blog author - Photographer in Kiev Arkady Shapoval. 2009-2023

English-version of this article

Versión en español de este artículo