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jeremyrh Registered since 02nd Nov 2004Mon 06-Dec-10 09:33 AM
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"Which lens for beginner?"


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My daughter is getting interested in photography and has asked Santa for a camera. I am tempted by the 3100, especially since I will be able to borrow it for a trip )

I wonder what you think about choice of lens - 18-55 is cheaper and smaller; 18-105 is more versatile, but another 100 Euros, and bigger and heavier (much??).

What do you think?

jeremyrh

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jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Mon 06-Dec-10 04:36 PM
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Hi Jeremy

I have the D3100 with the 18-55, and find the lens to be very good. I also have many of the pro zoom lenses, so I feel qualified to make that comment. I don't think that you will be disappointed with the combination.

In the U.S., you can't buy the D3100 without the 18-55, so there really isn't a choice. Nikon, however, does have a qualiified rebate where you can buy a few select lenses and receive $100 off when you purchase them with the D3100 kit. If that offer had been available when I bought mine, I probably would have considered either the 55-200 or the 55-300 since my son has a D5000 and could have made good use of either. I, personally, don't need either of them since I have the entire range covered with other lenses.

I'm sure that you and your daughter will enjoy the camera.

jP

  

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jeremyrh Registered since 02nd Nov 2004Tue 07-Dec-10 07:09 AM
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Tue 07-Dec-10 07:10 AM by jeremyrh

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Thanks, jP - that is the combination I decided on. I use a 17-55 for the majority of my photos and that seems a good range for a basic lens. I am planning to "borrow" the 3100 for a trekking trip next year, and use it with my 18-200, so I will be keen to see how it works out!

jeremyrh

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philipl Gold Member Nikonian since 31st May 2007Thu 09-Dec-10 12:16 PM
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Thu 09-Dec-10 12:16 PM by philipl

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>Hi Jeremy

>In the U.S., you can't buy the D3100 without the 18-55, so
>there really isn't a choice.

Not actually true. Cameta has the 3100 combined with a number of lenses including the 18-200 (which I bought)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Nikon-D3100-Digital-SLR-Camera-18-200mm-VR-Lens-NEW-USA-/200552128851?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item2eb1d6a153

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jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Thu 09-Dec-10 11:00 PM
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Fri 10-Dec-10 07:16 AM by jpFoto

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>"Not actually true"

That must be a relatively new combination. I certainly didn't mean to mislead the OP as you suggest.

  

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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter MemberSat 25-Dec-10 01:27 PM
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Sat 25-Dec-10 01:38 PM by RRRoger

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The D3100 + 18-55 kit lens combination is very good.
I thought the D3100 would be the perfect travel/hiking camera.
Only problem was that it was too light for me to hold steady.
I am used to the "Anchor" D3 with Pro lens.

Nikon has rebates on lots of lens when bought with a new camera.
They range up to $400 each and you can stack them.
I just got a 10-24, 18-200, and a 28-300 for my D7000.

I usually have to use the unforgiving D7000 with a MonoPod or TriPod.
Bogen/Manfrotto makes some really nice inexpensive MonoPods.

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philipl Gold Member Nikonian since 31st May 2007Sun 26-Dec-10 09:39 PM
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Oxford, US
          

>>"Not actually true"
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>That must be a relatively new combination. I certainly didn't
>mean to mislead the OP as you suggest.
>

Sorry I just saw this. I did not mean to imply that you misled anyone. I wanted a different combo and found a number of different otptions. Though 90%+ are with the 18-55.

Philip

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