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Old Nov 30, 2012, 7:17 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. I'm getting a Nikon D3200 for Xmas but I have read in a couple of reviews that the kit lens is mediocre. Could anyone recommend a good first and/or second additional lens. I'm not that bothered about zoom capabilites and I shoot mainly landscapes and people. Many thanks.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 8:36 AM   #2
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The Nikon 16-85 AF-S VR ($639) is a better choice for what you want, as are the Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.0 OS HSM ($399) and Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS HSM ($619). On a budget, so is the Sigma 18-50/2.8-4.0 OS HSM ($199).
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If this is your first DSLR, you may want give it and yourself a bit of time before you start to upgrade gear. "Mediocre" simply means "average", and today's standards are pretty high, so you may very well find that it is just fine for your purposes.

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The D3200 is an odd bird. It's at the low end of the product line, so you wouldn't expect to see it with high-end glass, but the 24MP sensor is intolerant of low-end glass. (People who thing that 24MP means they can out-crop other cameras will be disappointed if they don't have the lenses to back it up.) There's nothing wrong with wanting a better than average lens to compliment that better than average sensor.
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There's nothing wrong with wanting a Ferrari Testarosa, but if you don't have the experience and abilities to use its capabilities, you are better off driving a Corolla.

I was guessing that Simon is a first time DSLR user, based on his buying the entry level camera. Starting out with DSLRs can be difficult. Adding extra gear to the mix is not something I recommend until the user is comfortable with what he has, and can identify what more he needs.

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"TCav" is absolutely correct, that 24 megapixel sensor will be very intolerant of low end lenses. You would be much better off with a 12 to 16 megapixel sensor in a crop sensor type DSLR. The Nikon D7000 or the Nikon D5100 with their 16 MP sensors would be a much better choice. They both will give you outstanding image results and at the same time allow you to use standard affordable lenses that most people can afford.
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"TCav" is absolutely correct, that 24 megapixel sensor will be very intolerant of low end lenses. You would be much better off with a 12 to 16 megapixel sensor in a crop sensor type DSLR. ...
... or a better lens.

... which is always a good idea.
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First the bad news...it is not sold "body only" so you are getting the kit lens.

That is also the good news. Use it, get to know it, and if necessary upgrade. With that knowledge you would be less likely to get the wrong upgrade that took great picture but failed to meet your need. Also, when buying the camera, that cost is likely to influence the cost budgeted for the lens. Delaying it removes that issue.
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