Wassup Guys, I just got a Nikon D3000 as a present from my parents for getting a 3.8 GPA. I am into car photography as in taking pictures of random cars at meet, and once in a while actual photoshoot. Was wondering what is a good lenses I should be investing in? Thanks
#1. "RE: New kid with D3000" In response to Reply # 0
I would recommend you use your kit lens for a while. They are actually provide excellent IQ (Image Quality). With some experience under your belt you will have a better idea of what your kit lens is capable of and it's limitations as well. Then you will have some insight as to which lens or lenses will be beneficial to you based on the subject and ambient conditions. You might also want to include a budget as new lens prices start at a little over $100.00 and can climb to over $10,000.00. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#3. "RE: New kid with D3000" In response to Reply # 2
You might want to check your D3000 users manual for approved cards or Nikon USA's website for the latest list. Though just about any card will work in the camera. I prefer Sandisk cards as they have proven themselves reliable over the last 5 or so years. Others prefer Lexar. They are most likely the leading brands. The faster cards will allow you to clear the buffer a little quicker though how fast the D3000 is capable of writing I don't know. Faster card will also allow you to download the images to your computer faster if you use a UDMA enabled card reader. Know your retailer as there have been many problems with counterfiet cards being sold on e-bay and other internet retailers. Make sure you format the card in the camera before you use it. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#6. "RE: New kid with D3000" In response to Reply # 0
the kit lenses (18-55, 55-200, whichever or both) are good lenses for the D3000 to see where you stand. If you're moving up from a point and shoot digi (ie: coolpix-type), you're going to already be possessing a much larger sensor (i believe 16mm x 24mm). This larger sensor will also help your shooting by allowing a better representation of the actual colors to be "recorded". While they aren't 2.8 zooms, for shows that are outdoors, even at the longer range of the zoom, there should be plenty of natural light to be usable at ISO 400 / xx-mm @ f/5.6, perhaps even at ISO 200, depending on the sunshine outside.
Get some use with the kit lens you have, and if you need more zoom than what it came with, look for some basic, or "one step above basic" lenses. Just make sure they are AF-S lenses (ie: the lens has a focusing motor inside itself), because AF and AF-D lenses won't focus due to the body lacking a screw-driver mechanism on the F-mount. Essentially, for new lenses, buying AF-S will save you a lot of trouble and agony.
#7. "RE: New kid with D3000" In response to Reply # 0
Congratulations on the good grades. Keep up the great work!
For cars I find that I typically want to "go wide" or "go long".
By that, I mean that to capture images of a whole car - frequently indoors or in close quarters - you probably need a lens in the 16 or 18mm range. The 18-55 would fit that criteria. If you are indoors or in dim light, VR is a huge help.
I also like to shoot specific design elements. This requires a bit of a zoom lens. The starting point would be a 55-200 or a 70-300.
There are a wide range of choices depending on your budget. Also keep in mind that your needs will evolve. Used gear is not a bad way to save money.