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.
Tue 07-Dec-10 06:09 AM | edited Tue 07-Dec-10 06:10 AM by jeremyrh
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!
Sat 25-Dec-10 12:27 PM | edited Sat 25-Dec-10 12:38 PM by RRRoger
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.