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#63966 What lens would you recommend with Nikon D5600 for professional portraits

Posted by davidlogan on 24 August 2019 - 01:22 PM

very helpful answers. thank you for the help . I will go with the Nikon 50mm F1.8G 

#54508 Upgrade from D5300 to D5600 bundle

Posted by davidlogan on 15 March 2018 - 04:06 PM

Frankly, almost all of the accessories in that bundle are cheap Chinese junk (especially the flash, tripod, filters and macro closeup lenses). I'd put the value of all of them at around US$75, and much of them can be had for free when just buying a lens from folks like Adorama and Beach Photo. But why would you just want to add a bunch of junk.

$1000 will get you a good amount of quality kit, but for anyone to recommend what to start with they'd need some info about what you want to do that you can't do now. But I'll start it off with...

1.) Every serious photographer will sooner or later need a good stable tripod and head. You can get something good for around $150, something great for double that, and the sky is the limit for something crazy. For mid priced stuff I like Benro (tripods and heads) and Manfrotto (tripods, not heads). There are of course many other brands that are good, these are just two I have used for years and never been disappointed.

2.) If you want a lens with more reach I'd consider the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR, or even the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II which is very good and on sale right now for stupid cheap ($149).

As for other lenses and stuff we really need more input from you.


I think i will do that, the tripod and the zoom lens and delay the rest, because i think that i don't know what i need, thank you ScottinPollock :)

The 18-55 is a capable little lens. If you just start using your camera as much as possible, you will find out where it hinders you in what you want to do. Once you know that, come back and ask for solutions.


When it comes to the accessory kit, a cheap tripod is worse than no tripod at all as it still won't let you shoot those dreamy long exposures as it is too flimsy. The filter kits are leftovers from the film days and the close-up diopters in these kits are usually optically bad, bordering on useless.


To get the most out of your limited budget, wait before you buy a new lens, get a good polariser from Hoya, B+W or Heliopan, start looking for a used (or a basic new one) tripod from Slik, Manfrotto, Benro, Induro, Feisol etc and maybe an ND filter (again from one of the good suppliers). Shoot as much as you can, and analyze both good and bad photos when you get home so you learn as much as you can from your experience. Why not take part in my One week... exercise? If you want feedback on some frames, publish them somewhere here on the site and ask for feedback.

If you feel that you need more reach, Scott's advice above is very good.


thanks a lot for your advice, as you said, i really need more experience first to know what i need

Yep...you have great info above...We can probably give more guidance with info on what you are interested in shooting, but Peter has it right - just get out and shoot as much as possible, find what you enjoy shooting and see where your gear is lacking and then we can get busy spending your money :) . Or, at least helping you do it!  

i will, thank you TBonz :)

#54021 Nighttime in Fazana, Croatia

Posted by davidlogan on 14 February 2018 - 01:09 PM

Wow, that's really beautiful :)

I was trying to get similar results but i don't know why it's not working 

Is the standard 18/55 lens in Nikon D5200 can shot image like this ? or need other lens ?