D5100 in hand I finally received my D5100 after much review between the D3200 and the D5100. I am very excited to get to know this great camera that Nikon has put out. I am sure this will suit my needs for many years till I am ready to move up. My next purchase will be a zoom lens, I will be researching the best one I need for the funds I have. Any suggestions from anyone would be greatly appreciated. My needs for zoom at this time are for sports action and long range in general. Also any other ideas that the Nikonians family could suggest would be helpful as well. 1. Tripod 2. Flash
Congratulations on your new D5100. As long as you will be shooting Sports outdoors in daylight conditions, the Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX is the value leader and optically excellent. More so given the price.
I would recommend reading the FAQ's pinned at the top of the Tripod forum before choosing one.
I would recommend getting an SB-700 or a used or refurbished SB-600. While the SB-400 is much cheaper, it is only slightly more powerful than the built-in Speedlight. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I bought my D5100 in July this year and have really enjoyed it - I am very much in the "just learning" phase of this hobby. Snapping lots of pictures and working at getting past the "auto-everything" setting.
I have Nikon's AF-S 55-300 DX VR Zoom Lens which I bought with the camera. I've found it works great with the D5100. I had a Sigma 300 zoom lens from a Nikon SLR but learned it would not autofocus but would fit and 'work' on my D5100 so if auto-focus is a concern you'll need to get a newer lens with that capacity built in.
I did lots of research on line about the flash - thought I'd get away with a cheaper alternative to Nikon's SB-700. But after spending hours mulling it over decided that for my first flash at least I'd get a Nikon. It works flawlessly with my camera and can be the 'master' if I add another flash. The D5100 does not have the flash master control built in like some more expensive Nikon's so the SB-700 (or 900) attached adds that capacity.
I'm using Adobe Elements 10 to catalogue and edit my pictures - again a bit of a learning curve but not too bad. It really can ehance the image in many ways. I recommend it fully.
I have the Vr version of this tamron lens, but not the latest one. It is pretty good. Not as good as my 28-75, which won't AF on this camera. The larger lens is heavy compared to my 18-105 so I don't use it all that much, but it gives me the option for AF longer range.
After much research I have decided to go with the Nikon 70-300 although I really wish I could afford the f2.8 version.
Thank you all for your kind words I am really getting lots of use and great pictures. My greatest fan ( my lovely wife) has dedicated a wall in our home for my work and is very proud of what I have shot so far. I will be uploading to my gallery soon.
I think you made a good choice. That lens has a lot of bang for the buck. If you want to see how it performs, there are 18 photos in my gallery. Every one of them was taken using the 70-300 mm VR like the one you went with. Most, if not all, were taken with the lens racked all the way out to 300mm.
Sun 04-Nov-12 08:35 PM | edited Sun 04-Nov-12 08:36 PM by MEMcD
Keep in mind that there are two versions of the Nikkor 70-300mm currently available. Make sure you get the Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR and not the AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G which doesn't have an AF motor built into the lens and will not AF when mounted on your D5100. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Fri 16-Nov-12 12:20 AM | edited Fri 16-Nov-12 12:30 AM by dsobo
What convinced me was the close proximity that it had in respect to the D7000 as far as all the characteristics. It was giving me the ability to be close as possible to a beginner pro class body without spending the extra money at this time. I may be off a bit on my aspects of comparison but it is the one i ultimately I chose and I m very satisfied with my results. Awesome photos Jim!
The lenses will fit and you can photograph with them but whether they will function identically depends on: - are they Screwdriver focus or AF-S focus lenses? The former will not autofocus on the D5100 but will on the D50. - a whole range of issues and questions also apply to lenses manufactured in the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's regarding metering.