I'm thinking of either getting a Nikon D5200 or a Nikon D3200
They both look really good, but I'm into nature photography and looking to get into portrait but only really dabble into it. Just something for all round really
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- Thread Starter
- 07-04-2013 21:27
- 08-04-2013 09:31
From the specs alone, they're largely the same camera. There are a few minor differences, but probably nothing you'd really notice. I'll assume you're more of a novice, so hopefully this won't be too patronising.
If it were my money to spend, I'd buy the D3200 and spend the savings over the D5200 (around £200) on better lenses for the D3200. The standard kit lens will be fine for snapshots, but you'll want more specialised lenses for nature photography and portraits.
If by nature you mean animals and that sort of thing, you'll need a telephoto lens so that you can take shots from a further distance away - The sort of size of lens appropriate would be a 70-200mm or up to a 300mm. Those are typical lens lengths for that sort of stuff.
For landscapes the 18mm (wide angle) end of the kit lens would be fine for many tasks.
For portraits, you'll want something with a little bit of zoom, so a 50mm or 85mm. 50mm is seen as a "normal" lens because it reflects how we see things and doesn't cause much distortion - Something less than 50mm will make things wider (backgrounds will appear further away). Something greater than 50mm will zoom in and cause the background to compress a bit, which can be good for portraits. 50mm is a typical lens choice for most. I've heard good things about the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D (D version, not G, which is more expensive) and is a sub-£100 lens.