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Want to buy the Nikon D5100. Help please?

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Initial post: Nov 23, 2012 10:19:39 AM PST
April says:
I have been wanting a nice camera for a while to take pictures of wildlife. Many times, wildlife does not cooperate, and I have to take very distant pictures. I would like a camera that can take pictures at long distances. I have a camera and package picked out that I like a lot and I hope it will work out for me. (
But I am confused on what lenses are good to use. I do not completely understand what a 18-55mm G VR DX AF-S Zoom Lens or Nikon 55-300mm VR DX AF-S Lens is. Could someone please explain lenses to me and what might work best for nice, and distant pictures?
Suggestions are appreciated!

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 10:23:31 AM PST
April says:
Nikon D5100 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera & 18-55mm G VR DX AF-S Zoom Lens with 55-300mm VR Lens + 32GB Card + Case + (2) Filters + Remote + Tripod + Cleaning Kit

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 11:15:47 AM PST
Stuart says:
you can link to look at nikon camera and lens reviews on his page.. very complete and accurate. the 18 to 55 is a basic around the family zoom lens and the 55 to 300 is a longer range zoom lens for your animals in the distance. VR helps reduce hand held shake of the camera/lens. All nikon cameras and lenses do well. some are specialized for pro use (ruggedizied and moisture proofed) and cost a lot more. D5100 is 'last years' model but has more features than most photographers will ever need or want. good pricing

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012 12:46:03 PM PST
® says:
from reviews I seen the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G has a tad higher quality that is still a consumer priced lens. If you can pick a model get that one, because you might dump the 55-300 if the IQ isn't up to par. D5100 is not a BIF (bird in flight camera) as the d300s, d7000, or d5200 would be. But for long range still it is fine. I per tripod quality, but they are too large cumberstome to carry, I found this Manfrotto 560B-1 Fluid Video Monopod with Head Replaces 560B as my go to monipod for sport even indoor, as it is smaller. I did have a $40 monipod too and that wasn't very good, it sit around now doing nothing. I like the fluid feedback of the manfrotto 560.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 1:29:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 24, 2012 1:32:21 PM PST
For wildlife you will need the longest lens you can afford that will work with your PARTICULAR model of Nikon camera. The reason is that you MIGHT need a Nikon body that has a built in focusing motor for certain lenses which do NOT have built in focusing motors. Most of the lenses Nikon sells today have focusing motors built in.. Ideally, a lens of at least 500mm is best for wildlife photography.
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