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Another member suggested that the kit lens with the D5100 is crap, and as a starter, it would be good to go D5100 body only, and this lens:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/606792-USA/Nikon_2183_AF_S_Nikkor_35mm_f_1_8G.html
Yep, that's what I did, with that exact lens. It's pretty robust, nothing moves as it focuses except in manual focus when you're moving the focus ring yourself, and the outer housing isn't connected to the focus group so it won't go out of alignment so easily from blunt force. Make sure you set aside some money for an NC filter or a polarizing filter, they can both come in handy.
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Well I have the d5100 with the kit lens and I wouldn't call it crap, but I wouldn't call it great either. Also I would say that starting with the kit lens is a good idea, as you probably want to find out which focal lengths you use the most and find the limitations of the kit lens to see if you want a wider aperture or a different focal range etc, before you go starting spending money on lenses as you might end up buying one which will be rarely used.
The kit lens is good for the price, yeah, but it all depends on how it'll be used.
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post #12 of 27
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So is the kit lens worth the basic $100 that it increases from the body only?Any links for good NC and Polarizer filters? It is all new to me, but it'something I want to explore, but have something that will grow. I think for the price, and the type of pics I want to take with it, the D5100 is gonna be the choice. I'm literally talking about walking/being in the city and taking pics of landmarks, and certain things you just don't see so often. Maybe capturing some shots of these God-forsaken sparrows and black squirrels in the neighborhood. I think at times an older, but featured model would suffice, but I'm not sure. smile.gif
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post #13 of 27
If the body with the kit lens costs $100 more than the body only, than I would be leaning towards the body only and the lens that you linked. But it's not an easy decision since you will be stuck with just that one focal length, so below you have lists of advantages for both of these lenses.

Advantages of the kit lens:
  • More than 3x more zoom (more flexibility for taking pictures)
  • It's a cheaper solution

Advantages of the 35mm f1.8 dx lens:
  • Wider aperture (can capture more light)
  • It's sharper
  • It's smaller
  • Better bokeh
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None get the D5200 that just dropped.
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None get the D5200 that just dropped.

That's $300 more though, and won't be dropping in price for awhile.
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That's $300 more though, and won't be dropping in price for awhile.

Its called being patient and saving whatever $$ is needed to buy it.

I would rather have the latest and greatest when its only a little bit more then an older tech DSLR.
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Its called being patient and saving whatever $$ is needed to buy it.

I would rather have the latest and greatest when its only a little bit more then an older tech DSLR.
A little bit more would be maybe 50-100 dollars, not 300-400. tongue.gif The D7000 is still better where it counts, besides not having a swivel screen.
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A little bit more would be maybe 50-100 dollars, not 300-400. tongue.gif The D7000 is still better where it counts, besides not having a swivel screen.

That's even more lol

I respect your opinion here and i know even though the D5100 is older it would serve him well.I just wouldn't be able to buy an older model currently when its replacement model was just released and is better overall.
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Its called being patient and saving whatever $$ is needed to buy it.

I would rather have the latest and greatest when its only a little bit more then an older tech DSLR.
That $300 would be better spent on glass, and $300 is quite a large percentage of the price.

The saving scenario has never made sense to me either. So he saves for the D5200. Now he has to wait with no camera until then, and when he does have enough money saved, the same scenario could repeat itself with the next model in line.
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I could afford the D5200, but it's just a little out of my 'spur of the moment' price range. But surely the D3200 or D5100 both with kit lens are on;y $600, I could, in essence, buy the 1.8 lense as well, spending the same as the D5200, but getting an extra lens. tongue.gif
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