"Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX as only lens for D5100?"
I am about to buy my first DSLR (D5100) and am torn between getting the kit lens or getting the body only and buying the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S ($200 at Amazon).
I have 3 young kids, and I am looking to take some indoor photos without flash. According to reviews, the 35mm lens will work well in lower light situations. I also love the ability to blur the background.
So, my question is - the d5100 is only $100 more when purchased with the kit lens ($650). Or I could go body only ($550) and get the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S lens ($200) to use as my only lens until I can get another lens some day. Is this crazy? As a complete novice, should I just get the kit lens? Would that be more flexible, or would it just not provide the blurred background and low light performance?
Leonard62 Hatboro, Pa, US Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Thu 12-Jul-12 02:11 PM
#1. "RE: Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX as only lens for D5100?" In response to Reply # 0
Tom, I would get the kit lens to start. It is much more versatile, has excellent sharpness and because it has VR, vibration reduction, is also very good in low light. At $100 it is a bargain and you will save $100 towards your next lens after you decide exactly what you want.
#2. "RE: Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX as only lens for D5100?" In response to Reply # 0 Thu 12-Jul-12 02:14 PM by jpFoto
Congratulations! You have picked an excellent camera for your first experience with a DSLR.
I would definitely buy the camera with the kit lens. It is an extremely sharp lens and it gives you a good focal length range. And, it is a bargain for the additional $100.00. If you were to buy it separately, it would cost between $180 and $200. You should also consider the 55-200 or the 55-300 since they are both discounted when you buy them together with the D5100. As I recall, you get $100 off on the 55-200 and $150 off on the 55-300. Both are very respectable lenses. I think that you will be far happier with the zooms than with one fixed focal length lens like the 35. After you have used your camera for a while and if you still feel that the 35 better fits your needs, I'm sure that you could sell the 18-55 for what you paid, however, I don't think that that is going to happen.