May 23, 2015 at 11:09AM


Buying new lenses for a Nikon?

Hey, there. So I am a 16-year-old and I bought a Nikon D5100 two years ago. A typical teen you would say. But I just love doing it. So my mom thinks equipment is not really important for a photo and since then I've been using the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens . So I don't really know what should I buy next. I am really keen on photographing people, so portraits. As for landscapes - I can get one too because it would be helpful as I tend to travel a lot. Please, if you can help me with some good lenses and other question - do I need a good outer flash for portraits and other type of equipment? Thank you a lot ! x

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If you want to buy something affordable then I would start with one of the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lenses. After this lens, I would buy the Samyang 16mm f/2.0 wide-angle. Both of these lenses would give you a lot more speed than your kit lens, along with shallower depth of field when you want it. The 50mm can be used as a portrait lens, where the 16mm is a great wide angle for shooting indoors, landscapes, etc...

As for lighting you could start with a low cost flash kit from B&H Photo...

Interfit EX150 MKIII 2 Monolight Umbrella/Softbox Kit : $260

Which gives you two lights, a soft-box and umbrella, stands, and an instructional DVD on how to shoot portraits.

Then it's up to you to keep practicing until you can shoot a decent portrait.

May 24, 2015 at 5:44AM

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