Hello, All. I am new to the Nikon world, and I was interested in purchasing the D3100 as my first DSLR to do close-up portraits of my little boy (just born) - and my friends babies. I was researching the best portrait lens for Nikon DSLRs and came across a recommendation for the 50mm f/1.8D. However, I noticed on B&H, when I went to order this lens, and the D3100, that this lens is NOT compatible with the D3100. Can anyone recommend a portrait lens for the D3100, that would be comparable to the 50mm f/1.8D? I am very new to the DSLR world, and would appreciate any help or recommendations! Thank you!
Thu 18-Aug-11 02:03 AM | edited Thu 18-Aug-11 02:04 AM by MEMcD
Welcome to Nikonians! The new Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G AF-S is the lens that you looking for. It is optically better than the AF 50mm f/1.8D and is fully compatible including AF with the D3100. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Thank you both so much for your responses! I was debating between the older D3000 and the D3100, and like I mentioned above, I am just leaning more toward the D3100. It seems like an all-around great DSLR - especially for someone like me, who is just your beginner/average user, with the capability to grow. And there is something about DSLR photos that cannot be replicated with your standard digital point and shoot(s). So, it's time to make the DSLR jump!
I am glad to hear there is a comparable lens - and that the D3100 is a good choice. It makes me feel better about a bigger purchase like this one. And I can't wait to start capturing all these new memories!
Also, it does come with the kit lens, which is the 18-55. I also saw you can get two other kits, one which would come with a 55-200, and another that would come with a 55-300. Again, being so new, I hate to ask so many questions, but would one of the latter kits be a better choice than the 18-55?
Thu 18-Aug-11 11:29 AM | edited Thu 18-Aug-11 11:30 AM by jpFoto
The D3100 is technologically superior to the D3000, so your instincts are correct. It has a state of the art sensor and performs far better in low light than the D3000. The other two lenses that you are considering are both highly regarded, however, the choice between the 18-55 and the other two is really not an "either or" decision since the focal length ranges are dramatically different. You should check the individual prices to determine whether or not it makes financial sense to buy two lenses with the kit. My choice between the 55-200 and 55-300 would be the latter.
Although there are two versions of each lens, one with VR and one without, I haven't seen kits from reputable retailers with the non-VR models included. However, it is certainly a point worth mentioning. As for the 55-300, there is only one model and that is with VR.
So, Ashley, make sure that the lenses that you buy with your camera are the VR models.