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Amateur Photographer in the making... Just starting out.

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Initial post: 7 Aug 2013 02:28:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Aug 2013 02:31:37 BDT
Tee says:
Hi I am completely a beginner. I have had a Nikon d3100 for years always used on auto mode. Now I am hoping to pursue a career in studio portrait photography. I am starting a course in September and have just purchased a Nikon D7100. I would really appreciate some advice on a good all round lenses and a lenses for specifically portraits or a good two in one! To really start me off. I do not know where to start... The thing is because I am just starting out, I do not want to have to buy more lenses once I start my course I would like something that will allow me to go strait into my amateur shoots. Any help advice on studio set up and especially lenses is very welcome.


Posted on 18 Aug 2013 16:25:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Aug 2013 20:41:55 BDT
Jens says:
Well, that's a big question. It really depends on how much you want to spend. You probably got the 18-55 kit lens, and you would like to add extra lenses. The 55-200mm is a nice lens, with a good picture quality, and so is the 55-300mm (i have both, and have used both for portraits) - the prime lenses AF-S NIKKOR 85 mm f/1.8G or AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G are good choices as well. You can even use the 18-55 kit lens for portaits with good results.

For portraits, before looking at more lenses, I would start with a good flash (I am using, and can recommend the SB-700), or a couple of flashes. Things like a silver umbrella for bouncing light or softbox for diffusing light would be helpful to have as well.

Posted on 13 May 2014 15:55:54 BDT
If your using a d7100 then don't skint on the lens, try a nikon 16-85mm lens it has fast auto focus vr 2 nice size and weight excellent quality, suitable for interiors, groups in small rooms, portraits, every day street photography and landscape, this is a very good every day walk about versatile lens, I use this lens on a nikon d80 and have never regretted buying it.
I took my d80 into jessops and played with one in there before buying. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 22:58:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jun 2014 23:00:59 BDT
Christian says:
Don't be seduced by kit. Pictures are made by photographers, not lenses! The two budget priced "kit" lenses (18-55 and 55-200) are all you need. They are as sharp as any Nikon lens (and that's saying quite a bit) much lighter and so more usable, and cheap enough to replace if you are rough enough to damage one. You probably don't need the longer one unless you have specialist interests. I have both of these and a collection of other glass too, most of which is never used. Leave the 18-55 one on and just take pictures!
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