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My first camera D3500 - need help


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PhotoBomb

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I just bought my first camera (d3500). I bought the 2 lens kit and this is what included.

The Two Lens Kit includes two matched lenses to help you cover all the angles.
The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens is great for portraits, landscapes, videos and other wide perspective shots.
The AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED is a versatile telephoto zoom lens that's great for sports, concerts, nature and more.

As this is my first camera, what else should I get or should know?
Thanks

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When I got my D5600, it came with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. There were several deals available that included a second lens, a 70-300mm telephoto. I didn't go for the two lens deal because the 70-300mm being offered at the time didn't include VR. Instead, I purchased a Nikon renewed version that had VR capability, an AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR from B&H. If it's not too late, you might want to consider a similar approach unless you actually got a 70-300mm with VR.

 

As for other lenses, that depends on what you plan to shoot. I added a Nikon renewed AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens from Amazon. It's my "walking around" lens that combines a nice range of aperture and reach.



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Nothing...and lots of things...

 

Seriously, as long as your camera came with a battery and charger and you bought a card to put the images on, you really don't need anything else.

 

That said, you may want an external flash, additional cards, additional batteries, a tripod, a bag to carry your goodies, more lenses, and about anything else you can think of related to photography. 

 

But don't worry about all those things now.  Go out and enjoy using your camera and learn how it functions.  Hang out here and share some images and the folks here can help answer questions you might have.  And then once you have been shooting for awhile, you will discover the things you need as well as the things you want.  Those lists are not always the same  :) .  



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Seriously, as long as your camera came with a battery and charger and you bought a card to put the images on, you really don't need anything else.

 

Go out and enjoy using your camera and learn how it functions.  

 

This, for sure.

 

I bought a Nikon D5600 3 months ago with the same lens kit... it's a great range of focal lengths.

 

Yes, the more seasoned photographers will suggest better lenses, but they cost a fortune. Take your time and read the manual, learn your camera's functions and take hundreds of pictures. Print a few of your favorites and share them with family and friends. That's what I've been doing and its great!