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    I am new to DSLR Photography. Used a d3200 on a trip and fell in love with it. it was used with an 18-105 lens which gave us amazing photos throughout the trip.

    I am planning to buy a DSLR for my own self which i plan on using for events/weddings candid photography which may be at times in low light and also take landscape photos along with a little bit of wildlife photography.

    I have narrowed down my search to d3300, d5200 and d5300 (nikon) . I am not able to decide which one to buy and what lenses should i go with .

    Would love feedback on the same.

    also i have thought of a few lenses: 18-105, 55-200, 18-200, 55-300 . I dont understand much of the technical terms regarding slr's .


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    The D5200 and D5300 have a few minor advantages over the D3300 but are not worth the extra expense, in my opinion. Since you loved the D3200 you'll feel the same about the D3300, as it's very similar except lighter in weight, larger viewfinder and much better battery life, all significant improvements over the D3200.

    As to lenses, the D3300 is usually bundled with the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II AF-S lens, a fine, lightweight lens that's good for most everyday uses. If you have a situation where you need to shoot a long-range closeup, it's easy to switch lenses to the Nikon 55-300mm VR or 55-200mm VR (a bit cheaper). Alternatively you can purchase an all-purpose lens like the Nikon 18-105mm or the 18-200mm but the main reason to buy them is if you hate changing lenses, as you'll pay more and not get the same level of quality as the more specialized lenses.
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    My body pick would be the D5200, but I'm a Canon guy, so feel free to take that with a grain of salt.

    For indoor events and formal wedding shots a 17-50(or 55) f/2.8 is a strong choice. For outdoor events the 18-105(or 135) gives better reach. Either of these could be viewed as a replacement for the standard 18-55.

    The 18-55 is actually pretty decent for landscapes, a 17-50/55 f/2.8 can get by for this. If/when you get serious about landscapes, then an Ultra Wide Angle zoom starting down at 10 or 12 mm on the wide end can be added. But such an UWA is a pretty specialized critter, you likely will not need one from the start.

    Kelly Cook
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