[D3200 + 18-35mm/35mm f1.8G/50mm f1.8D] vs [D5100 + 18-35mm/35mm f1.8G/50mm f1.8D] vs [D5200 + 18-35

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Which DSLR should be my first one?

  1. D3200 with 18-35mm kit

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  2. D3200 with 35mm f1.8G

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  3. D3200 with 50mm f1.8D

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  4. D5100 with 18-35mm kit

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  5. D5100 with 35mm f1.8G

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  6. D5100 with 50mm f1.8D

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  7. D5200 with 18-35mm kit

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  1. anukul

    anukul New Member

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    I want to buy my first DSLR and am confused between the following choices:

    1. D3200 with 18-35mm kit
    2. D3200 with 35mm f1.8G
    3. D3200 with 50mm f1.8D
    4. D5100 with 18-35mm kit
    5. D5100 with 35mm f1.8G
    6. D5100 with 50mm f1.8D
    7. D5200 with 18-35mm kit

    I will be using the camera for indoor photos, parties, weddings and a little bit of vacation photography, no serious stuff.
    Lastly, the cheaper, the better.

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    First of all, I'd go for the kit lens (18-55mm, not 35) as it's a very useful, versatile lens for everyday use. The other lenses you noted are fast, indoor portrait lenses. Since you're going to be taking indoor shots of weddings and parties, you need that lens too. Fortunately the 50mm f/1.8 is really cheap - just over $100 online.

    As far as choosing among the D3100, D3200, D5100 and D5200, I'd go with the D3200. At about $500, including the 18-55mm kit lens, you get 24 megapixels, very high res LCD screen, high quality 1080p movie mode, good speed, excellent "help" system in the menu geared towards newcomers. The D3200 gives you the most bang for the buck IMO.
     
  3. KCook

    KCook Well-Known Member

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    The single focal length lenses, "primes", are good for closeup shooting, and any situation where you can arrange things to suit you. But for situations where you need to get the shot now, no time to play director, a zoom will make life a lot easier. Links for more info on primes versus zoom lenses -

    Prime vs Zoom Lenses – Which are Best?

    Prime Lenses vs. Zoom Lenses

    Kelly Cook
     
  4. anukul

    anukul New Member

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    I just saw the D3300. Should I get it with the kit lens, will cost me around 500USD
     
  5. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    It sounds like a great deal. But you may be able to get a cheaper deal with the D3200. It's essentially the same camera as the D3300, though the newer camera is smaller, lighter in weight and has better battery life.
     
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