Upgrade from nikon 18-140mm lens

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  1. deepind

    deepind TPF Noob!

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    Hi,
    I have nikon D3200 dslr with nikon 18-140mm lens , can I get 55-300mm lens for more zoom? Will it worth or any other lens can I buy? Need it suggestions as am confused...


     
  2. Frank F.

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    You have a great camera. Money is better invested in courses to extend your knowledge. I do shoot on a daily basis for 34 years now and I still feel there is much more what I have to learn than what I already know.

    I started my professional career with lesser equipment than you have. Equipment is way overrated.

    If you want to open to new experience try a fast prime or even a manual focus prime that throws all electronic functions of your camera out of the window and teaches you to use your sensor as a measuring device and your brain as a calculator.

    Does that sound like a plan?
     
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    deepind TPF Noob!

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    Thank for reply...I use zooming a lot..so what lens Cani buy 70-300 or 55-300?
     
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    I gave you a good answer. It was probably unexpected.

    In a nutshell: if you want to become a better photographer, take lessons. Buying equipment will not help.

    "Zooming a lot" is a style that does not teach you what you need to know to become a better photographer.

    Eye
    Light
    Perspective
    Story

    These are camera independent but they are the only way to get to better pictures.
     
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    Well, you see when I started photography I didn't get why people go for the expensive lenses, why spend the extra money on lenses that didn't seem to do more then the same lenses I already had but where more of a kit lenses.
    The 18-140mm is a good lens, really one lens that does it all but personally I would get a faster lens.
    For longer zoom there is nothing wrong with 55-300mm or 70-300mm but those are kit lenses as well just like the 18-140mm.

    So what would I recommend, the question really is a matter of money and what you plan to do in the future.
    If you think that in the future you will go full frame then I say get FX lenses only, if you see yourself staying crop sensor then you can stick to DX lenses.
    If you stay DX then I would recommend getting used Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 and Sigma 70-200mm 2.8
    If you will move to FX then used Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC and Sigma 70-200mm 2.8
     
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    I think Frank hit on some key things to help you. My question is what do want to do with the extra reach?

    Personally, I would stay away from a used Sigma lens, chances are pretty good you could get one that doesn't focus accurately, that happened to me.
     
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    To answer your questoin directly. The 55-300 lens is meant for a crop sensor Nikon which your camera is. The 70-300 lens is for full frame cameras like D610, D750, D810 etc...

    Either lens will work on your camera. The 55-300 will be lighter and smaller than the 70-300. Either lens will give you adequate pictures like your current lens. And give you the longer reach your desiring. If you don't know, your camera is like I said above a crop sensor Nikon. APS-C sensor size. Nikon lenses that are made for crop sensors are called DX lenses. If you plan on staying with your camera for a while, or never plan on upgrading to the more expensive and larger full frame cameras. Stick with the 55-300. By no means is it a pro quality lens. But it is adequate for most budget conscious photographers.
     
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    @benhasajeep there are in fact two current 70-300 lenses by Nikon, one is DX and 400€, the other is FX and 850€


    Edit: more than two, I count four. But good lenses they are not
     
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    FX

    AF-P NIKKOR 70–300 mm 1:4,5–5,6E ED VR

    AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70–300 mm 1:4,5–5,6G IF-ED


    DX

    AF-P DX NIKKOR 70–300 mm 1:4,5–6,3 G ED

    AF-P DX NIKKOR 70–300 mm 1:4,5–6,3 G ED VR
     
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    Yes, there are actually 5 available with the new P series and VR / non VR. Didn't want to get too far into it. I should have been more clear about which one's I was talking about. 2 are DX, 3 are FX.
     
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    Zooming means cropping without changing the perspective. This is a good thing if your aim is to get something interesting in the frame, but not so much if you want to create an interesting photo
     
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    Yes,it will give you more zoom "length", by quite a bit!
     

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