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Beginner dSLR kit

L. Seefeldt
The list author says: "Getting started in dSRL photography can be intimidating and you might not know where to start. I have included some of my favorite items in a generally descending order of need (i.e. items you NEED are listed first, accessories are listed later), although this is a pretty basic list so far."
Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Auto Focus-S Nikkor Zoom Lens (OLD MODEL)
Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Auto Focus-S Nikkor Zoom Lens (OLD MODEL)
"My first dSLR... has a great sensor for sharp images and colors.  The Vari-Angle LCD screen is quite helpful in a surprising number of situations, you'll be surprised at how often you use it!"
SanDisk Extreme PRO 8GB UHS-1 SDHC Memory Card Up To 95MB/s - SDSDXPA-008G-X46 (EOL)
SanDisk Extreme PRO 8GB UHS-1 SDHC Memory Card Up To 95MB/s - SDSDXPA-008G-X46 (EOL)
"For storing all of your pictures or video... this model of memory card won't slow down your camera writing speed if you are taking continuous photos."
Hoya 52mm Moose Peterson Warming Circular Polarizer Filter
Hoya 52mm Moose Peterson Warming Circular Polarizer Filter
"For keeping those skies blue in bright sunlight.  Moose's polarizer also helps keep the rest of your picture from getting tinted blue."
Hoya 52mm 81B Warming Multi Coated Glass Filter
Hoya 52mm 81B Warming Multi Coated Glass Filter
"For those of you like me that prefer a slightly "warmer" picture than the neutral images that your camera will produce without this filter."
Nikon EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for Select Nikon DSLR Cameras (Retail Package)
Nikon EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for Select Nikon DSLR Cameras (Retail Package)
"Spare batteries are always needed."
Vanguard Alta Pro 283CB 100 Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Vanguard Alta Pro 283CB 100 Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
"This is a MUST for any photographer. This one has a central column that can be converted to an arm that allows you to shoot at all kinds of angles. This tripod also includes the SB-100 ballhead which you need to use the tripod with your camera. Not cheap, but worth getting a good tripod to start with so you don't waste money incrementally upgrading as you advance your skills and your needs."
Vanguard CK3N1 3-In-1 Cleaning Kit
Vanguard CK3N1 3-In-1 Cleaning Kit
"A lens cleaning kit of some sort is needed for your dSLR."
Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED Auto Focus-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens
Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED Auto Focus-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens
"It won't take you long to outgrow the supplied kit lens, this is the next, farther reaching lens."
Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control
Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control
"For taking pictures with your tripod, so you don't create camera shake or take a picture with your family."
Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate [Old Version]
Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate [Old Version]
"I am currently using the older version (Paintshop Photo Pro X3), but to anyone looking for some great photo editing software on a budget, I always recommend the newest version for the most features.  Pretty comparable (if not superior) to Adobe Photoshop Elements for about half the price."
Vanguard Alta+ 30 Tripod Strap 334521
Vanguard Alta+ 30 Tripod Strap 334521
"Handy for carrying around your tripod since the included tripod bag doesn't offer much in the way of comfort for carrying your tripod."