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gerberjr

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i am looking to but a new lens for my d3100, looking to take my photography to better places what lens would you guys buy



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Depends, if you're looking for lower light / portraits I like my 50mm f1.8 but if you want more of a telephoto then a 55-200, 55-300, or 70-300mm may be more for you.



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Adam

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You might also want to consider the 35mm F1.8 as on your D3100 this corresponds to a "normal" focal length which close in magnification to what your eyes see.



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The 35mm F1.8 is a great lens.

I had great results as a beginner with the 70-300 vr.



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Mark Win

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im looking at purchasing the 55-300 for my d3200, although i will need to manual focus and i can only afford the non 'VR' version has anyone used this and has it met expectations..



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im looking at purchasing the 55-300 for my d3200, although i will need to manual focus and i can only afford the non 'VR' version has anyone used this and has it met expectations..

There's only one version of the 55-300, and it is AF-S so will autofocus on your D3200. It also has VR. Tell me I just made you happy?



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You didn't say what your budget was.  If you start getting away from the kit lens, you'll find that the prices go up, but the quality drastically increases.  Yes, I have the 18-55, and the 55-300 that came with my D5100.  They are both good glass, but when you start getting serious--mid-range serious, not pro-serious, you might try the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR II

Read more: AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR II - Nikkor F-Mount Lenses - Nikon Lens Database - Lens Database - NikonForums.com.

 

This lens is not in the mid-range, but its almost there.  Its a great all around lens, and it takes excellent pics.  You can find it around $750-$900.

 

I have the Tamron 18-200, but it doesn't have VR, so when you're zoomed-out all the way, you can really encounter blur, especially if you're using natural light, which I try to use as much as possible.  I don;t use the Tamron any longer since getting the Nikkor, so I guess its for sale.  Let me know if you're interested.



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There's only one version of the 55-300, and it is AF-S so will autofocus on your D3200. It also has VR. Tell me I just made you happy?

 

Very happy, the retailer stated it wouldnt auto focus though, so yes im very happy..



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JRosen

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Mark, here's the link with the review from this site for the 55-300 glass...

 

AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm F4.5-5.6G ED VR - Nikkor F-Mount Lenses - Nikon Lens Database - Lens Database - NikonForums.com

 

One thing I'd like to say... I totally support buying local, but when you're spending more than $100, take into consideration the sales tax.  Here in Texas we pay 8.25%... so that's why I buy most of my glass online.  Not from Amazon either, they too charge sales tax.  That's why I'm always giving B & H as a reference; not only is there no sales tax (yet), you can even get free shipping if you can wait.  What a deal!



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Mark Win

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Thanks JRosen



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What you should get depends totally upon what you already have and what you want to shoot.



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By the way, I posted this earlier to another post on this site... Gizmag has an article today about... "A Guide to Buying Your Next Camera Lens"

 

Here's the link

http://www.gizmag.co...ng-guide/29141/

 

Great article, easy to understand, explains a lot.



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I shoot alot of video on my D5100. I ran into alot of problems with indoor shooting using the lenses that come with the camera body. Even with pro lighting kits I still couldnt get the lighting right. Further, I shoot alot of indoor Green screen video (The compression causes issues with keying, but thats another topic). I purchased the 35mm F1.8 and was taken back by the HUGE difference this prime lens did for me in indoor filming. 



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Whether buying new or old Nikon lenses, one of the resources I use is Kenrockwell.com. This photographer has reviewed just about anything Nikon puts on the market. I read his review of the D600 with kit lens. That convinced me to buy it over the D800 (picture files way to large- also means faster PC)

Another site for checking out equipment is DxO Mark at

DXOMARK - Quality Testing, Scores and Reviews



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While a prime is the logical step 50mm  is a good example I feel the new 18-140mm might have its advantages

Worth a look at

 

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