April 29, 2015 at 10:37PM


What am I looking for when buying a lens for my DSLR

I have a Nikon 3100 and I am looking for lens to add with it. Obviously i have the stock lens that comes with it. Ive seen a good number of lens but im no sure which ones go for my camera at all. Tips?


It really depends on what you're planning on shooting, and what your budget is.

If you're planning on filming a wildlife documentary you're going to need something different from a guy filming people on the streets at night. Also, different lenses can give a very different feel to what you're shooting.

What are you planning on shooting, and what budget are you working with? It'll help people come up with suggestions.

April 30, 2015 at 8:17AM


Im looking to shoot my own short films. And my budget as far as a lens goes is around 500 bucks

Trae Dukes

April 30, 2015 at 10:38AM

I'm guessing the lens that came with the camera is probably around 18-55mm. It's a pretty nice versatile lens. If I were you I'd save the $500 for now and try to shoot with the lens you've already got; it'll give you a chance to see what you need from a lens and what suits your style. You might find you'd prefer a wider lens, or a longer focal length, or fast primes for more light and a shallow depth of field. The Nikon D3100 uses an F-Mount system, so if you look for any lens with an F-mount you'll be fine.

Also, the DSLR Cinematography guide that comes for free when you sign up to No Film School has a really good primer on lenses. http://nofilmschool.com/subscribe

Philip Hawken

April 30, 2015 at 2:54PM

Okay thanks for the advice man i think i will do just that

Trae Dukes

April 30, 2015 at 3:43PM, Edited April 30, 3:43PM

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