I am totally a newbie but I am wondering something about the lens that come with my camera 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G
from looking at other lens reviews I am noticing there seems to be a lens for every situation I am just wondering what would be the best use to the kit lens I mentioned above......please don't say paper weight LOL
I'm with Marty. Many new to photography see the price on the kit lenses, then compare them to the pro lenses. Then they start reading the reviews and get the impression they aren't very good lenses, quite a bit because of all the negative things said, without realizing that most of the discussion in the reviews is nitpicking.
Your 18-55mm is a darn nice lens which coupled with your D3100 DSLR will produce marvelous photographs. That focal length range is right in the breadbasket for landscapes, seascapes, a lot of travel photography, portraits at the upper range, group shots, street shots, and I can go on and on.
Don't worry about other lenses now. Enjoy your D3100 and the lens you have. Take lots of photos while you learn about photography and your camera, and have a ball with them.
I agree with Marty and Ned, your lens is very good and and will serve you well. Yes, there seems to be a multitude of lens for every purpose out there. The way to buy your next lens is to wait until the lens you have will not allow you to capture the image(s) that you would like to photograph.
In other words, let the need tell you which lens you need. So many folks buy a camera and load up on lens not knowing where their interest will go. You can spend a lot of money doing it that way.
Enjoy your camera and lens.
Jerry Jaynes Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina
I'll agree with the others. I have a lot of lenses, including many of the top pro lenses. Believe it or not, I still use the 18-55VR kit lens a fair amount - because it works quite well, is light and small, and for many things, does everything I need. The Nikon kit lenses in general and the 18-55 in particular are excellent lenses.
Now certainly if I am headed out on a specifically photographic trip, the 18-55 rarely comes along, but I would not hesitate to use it with confidence if I found myself with it and not something else.
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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My D3100 came with the same lens, and I agree with others, it is an excellent versatile lens. Wait until there is something you can't do with it to figure out what kind of additional lenses you need. You might want a longer focal length for wildlife, or a larger aperture lens for lower light, or a macro lens for closeups. But you don't know yet, so just use the one you have until you do.
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I think in the future I will no doubt invest in a lens for Macro and for wildlife (birds and such)but at this moment I will be doing as advised and leaning with my current lens
Lots of settings on this camera to learn that will keep me amused for a while.
Just ordered a bag Lowpro aw 160 and some used filters to protect the lens while I am out and about (Hoya skylight 1b and a Jessops uv) tripod and remote is next on the list as well as second battery but no hurry.
Sorry to burst your bubble Lee, but while I too like to use a filter to protect my lenses, for DSLR cameras, in my opinion, both the "skylight" and "uv" filters are not the right choice.
They both remove "uv" light from the light entering your camera, but your sensor isn't particularly sensitive to uv light. You're not in the film world any longer.
You really want a clear filter or NC clear filter for protection. You also want filters which are multi-coated (prevent flare and ghosting) or they will cause more trouble than they will prevent, and on a wide angle lens, you want to be sure they are thin enough, with a thin rim, so that they won't block light around the edges.
>Sorry to burst your bubble Lee, but while I too like to use a >filter to protect my lenses, for DSLR cameras, in my opinion, >both the "skylight" and "uv" filters are >not the right choice. > >They both remove "uv" light from the light entering >your camera, but your sensor isn't particularly sensitive to >uv light. You're not in the film world any longer. > >You really want a clear filter or NC clear filter for >protection. You also want filters which are multi-coated >(prevent flare and ghosting) or they will cause more trouble >than they will prevent, and on a wide angle lens, you want to >be sure they are thin enough, with a thin rim, so that they >won't block light around the edges. > >I'd change your order if at all possible. > >Ned >A Nikonians Team >Member > >----------------------------- >Visit my >Travel Photography Blog and >my Galleries.
Had a uv filter on my s9600 bridge camera never made any effect to photos
some people say no filter some people say its a must.
You might find Using protective filters - pros & cons well worth reading. I use multi-coated clear protective filters as Ned recommended. Skylight filters and some cheap UV filters can add a color cast to your images. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I agree with what every one else said. It came with my D5100. Its good glass. I use it as a going to a rough neighborhood lens. I'm from Los Angeles and if someone stole it from me it wouldn't hurt me because its affordable. It does the job and i'm happy with it. I wouldn't sell it because its that good.
Take lots of photos with that lens. Put them on your TV if you can or a large computer monitor. You will find that that lens captures excellent photographs. Excellent sharpness, detail and color fidelity.
The kit lens is a DX format, multiply 1.5 x the focal length to get to the 35mm or full frame equivalent. Your 18-55mm DX lens is equal to a wide angle 27mm to 82.5mm. On my film cameras I used a 28mm wide angle for lots of shots especially landscape and getting a group in one photo. My main lens was an 85mm which I used for portraits and regular shooting as the 50mm (normal lens) was to short for my taste.
The construction of the lens is cheap - don't drop it or bang it on a wall. But the optics are excellent. Check out how close you can focus - use your focus dots - lights in the view finder. That is a great lens. To get a rugged lens with those optics you will have to pay more for the lens than you did for your camera (which is also great!) and kit lens.
Brian (here at nikonians) suggested to me to bring the kit lens with me on my travels...I'm regretting NOT bringing that kit lens with me...when there is sufficient amount of light (like in my case here on vacation in the Philippines) that lens would have been perfect on many occasions..for instance I wanted to take photos of a church that was buried by a volcano eruption 250 years ago..and my prime lens along with my zoom lens proved to be difficult to capture the entire scene...considering the kit lens range is 18-55mm, it would have been perfect. I still achieved great shots with my 50mm 1.8g lens, but I know it would have been much easier with my kit lens.
Check out some of the members photos, some have taken shots with the kit lens that will simply blow you away!
On a side note, I have been enjoying taking photos with my D3100 out here (it's light, durable, and dead easy to use. I still have a ton of other locations to hit before I head back home, but I'm excited none the less to post edit.
But as others have stated already..the kit lens is capable, and something i do not plan on getting rid of unless I move to a full frame body.
The Hoya Pro 1 Digital line is a good one. The two most important features to look for in this kind of filter, in my opinion, are that it's "multi-coated" and it has a "low profile frame or rim." This Hoya line has those features.
Every once in while you'll get a clear filter which is a little off, and has a color cast. If you get one like that, get the store you're buying it from to exchange it. This can happen to any company's product if product assurance and quality control miss seeing the imperfection.