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  1. "You can get closer with your feet" That was classic.

  2. You're awesome! Found your page last night, it makes soo much sense. I am very grateful that you were kind enough to take the time to make all of these videos. Thank you! 

  3. So helpful! This makes buying a camera and lens much less overwhelming. Thanks!

  4. Thank you! Makes sense now :)

  5. Hi I am just starting out, I have a D3100 with just a 18-55mm kit lens. I want to specialise in portraits. I have been told that a 50mm lens will be best to purchase at a beginners stage. My question is what is my 18-55mm lens classed as? a 55mm? im confused with the range. if that makes sense?

  6.  If I purchase a new camera – say the Nikon d750, how much will it degrade my images if I use an older lens from an older camera- ie my D40x?

  7. heh. I know what you mean. 🙂 I'll be here when you're ready.

  8. Thank you Jairo! Glad to help. 🙂

  9. Sorry it took so long to answer!

    If money is not an issue, here's what I would get

    A fisheye. Tricky, but in a crowded city you can capture some amazing images. I'd get the Sigma 8mm f3.5 or the Nikon 10.5mm f2.8

    A 35mm f1.4 for (unobtrusive) street shooting

    A 17-50mm f2.8 for versatility

    A 60mm f2.8 macro for intimate portraits and detail/close up work.

    This is almost exactly the kit that I have (Canon). All that's missing is a lens for birds/wildlife. For that, I'd get the 80-200 f2.8

  10. The more I know, the more questions I have…I will contact you as soon as I make a profound analysis in photographic terms 🙂

  11. It is compatible with the D7100 and DX cameras in general. Just remember as Loulou pointed out that the crop factor changes your effective zoom range from 18-35mm to approximately 24-50mm.

    Is it a good choice? I'm inclined to say no. I think you'd be better off with a 17-50mm f2.8. You'll cover the same zoom range, plus some extra, and you'll have the fixed f2.8 throughout the range.

    The Tamron 17-50 comes in cheaper than this Nikon 18-35, as does the Sigma version of the lens.

  12. Very good point Loulou. I did forget to account for the crop factor. Thanks for the correction!

    I do think it's fair to say however that the 50mm is also a good lens for street, it really does depend on the kind of street photography a person wants to do. If you want to get intimate street portraits, the 50mm f1.8 is a good lens. If you want that wider view for more of a street scene, then definitely get the 35mm.

  13. No problem! Glad to help.

  14. And one more question…I found AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED pretty versatile… do you think it is a good choice? and it says it is an fx format zoom lens, so i'm confused if it is compatible with D7100 which has dx format sensor

  15. very big thanks for your suggestion:)

  16. replace the 50 with a 35, to correct him.

  17. Spyros did a mistake here in his response, get the 35mm 1.8, because with the 50mm on a Nikon crop sensor camera, you'll get 1.5x the field of view which will be at 75mm (a small telephoto, not suitable for wideangle or street photography). However with the 35mm, you'll get a 52.5mm field of view, which is the closest thing to a standard field of view. Don't start with the 50mm 1.8 unless all you want to do is headshots, it will NOT be suitable to your needs. Get the 35mm, this lens is a dream!

  18. great video, I am starting on photography on a more serius way, I have a Nikon D3100 that I love and use for Hobby, now I want to step up to D7100 and get good Glass. very useful video, since I was stock with no so good lenses that came on my 3100 kit!!!

  19. 50 mm f/1.8 is cheap and good for beginners, but what would you choose if money was not an issue?

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