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Lens selection for D7100... Please guide..

km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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"RE: Lens selection for D7100... Please guide.."

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Sun 28-Apr-13 07:10 AM

Welcome to Nikon and Nikonians!
It is a great camera to start with because you will not likely outgrow it for many years.
Each of those lenses are fine but an appropriate answer would need more information about your choice of photo subjects since you mention bokeh being a priority, I assume you mean you are wanting subject isolation in portraits.
The 35 will not be great for subject isolation but that would be expected.
The 70-300 is pretty good if used where the subject is closer to the camera than it is to the background. Portraits at focal lengths in the 90-120mm range are pretty good with that lens. Its widest aperture is not very wide so it is best used in good light, outdoors or when using flash indoors. In good light, however it is very good and the best reasonably priced telephoto that I know of.
If my guess is correct, and you want bokeh for people photos, I would suggest adding a very good but modest priced portrait lens, the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G which is very sharp and produces excellent professional level images in even low light. In the US it is about $450 so I do not know what it would cost in your area.
The 16-85 is a good general purpose lens that does not excel in anything but is good for many subjects. The 18-300 is optimized for general purpose and being light but it is not as good optically as the 16-85 and 70-300 combination. It is very versatile however being able to take landscape travel, birds, family and outdoor sports, as a one lens solution.
Personally I would suggest not getting any specialized lenses yet. I would recommend getting the camera and the very low cost but good quality 18-105vr that comes packaged with the D7100 as a kit. It is optically pretty good and has a wide enough range for you to experiment with many styles of shooting and learn the fundamentals of photography. After a few months or a year, you will have developed some interests that would benefit from a more specialized, less versatile lens. If you find that you are spending much of your time shooting people and want to work in low light, the 85 1.8 would be an excellent addition. If you find that you are taking most of your photos at the 105 end of the range, and you had serious interests in wildlife, sports, portraiture, invest in the more specialized but pro quality 70-200 f/4 or a 70-200 2.8.
By learning how to use light to your advantage, any lens will deliver very good results. One of the first investments I recommend is a good flash, like the SB700 Nikon. By learning to creatively use flash, even for daytime photos, your creative options increase more than any upgrade to body(there is nothing in DX format that is better than the D7100 to upgrade too, right now) or lenses. Learning good flash technique opens a great many new opportunities that are ignored by most beginners.
You will find that there is always something out there that seems appealing and you will want to buy but resist that and concentrate on the fundamentals of light, speed and aperture, skills that enhance any subject you wish to photograph.
If you have any questions, Nikonians is the best place to ask.
Enjoy your great new camera.
Stan
St Petersburg Russia

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