So you’ve just get Nikon beginner digital SLR camera. After having fun shooting, you feel the limitation of the kit lens and want some other lens to complement it. Looking for lenses for Nikon beginner cameras are a bit tricky because it does not have built-in AF motor. The solution is to look for Nikon lens that has AF-S (built-in lens motor) in it.
You might also want lens that doesn’t broke the bank and not too heavy. Here are some suggestions for your beloved camera:
Nikon 55-200mm AF-S f/4-5.6G DX VR – Price: $250
This is telephoto lens that complement well with your kit lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR. You can use this for shooting far away subjects such as birds, architectural details or sports. It is great for portraits too. It is equipped with VR (Vibration Reduction) which is effective to prevent blur due to the camera shake.
Nikon 18-200mm AF-S f/3.5-5.6 DX VR II Price: $780
This multipurpose lens is great for any circumstances, you can shoot wide or shoot telephoto for far away subjects. The problem is the weight (565 g) and the high price tag. But if you only one to carry one lens, then this is the one.
Nikon 35mm AF-S f/1.8 DX Price: $200
This is great for low light or to create a shallow depth of field (blur / soften background). The focal length is equivalent to 52.5mm, so it is very close to our eyes viewpoint. The lens is very small and light. The original price (MSRP) is $200, but this lens is very popular and Nikon can’t keep up with market demand. As a result, the price is a bit higher than MSRP.
Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 Micro Price: $550
If you like to shoot small subjects like insects, then this macro lens is for you. It is quite expensive, but you will have a lot of fun with it. The other application for this lens is portrait. Although it might be too sharp for girls portrait.
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G Price: $450
This lens is great as a portrait lens, candids, or low light events. The focal length is equivalent to 75mm in 35mm camera, it is not wide, but not very long. The size is almost similar to Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens discussed above.
That’s all folks. You can get your lenses from Amazon, they have a very competitive price and great service. I hope this can help you and have fun making pictures with the lenses!