Nikon Budget Zoom Lenses for Portrait Photography and Group Photos?




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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2CACp1n or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2ASz00T

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1VsCI0D or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2B5ZDe4

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1W0VEEo or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2yMoSkg

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1TQpFWh or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2B7QbH5

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mmf 3.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2pCmo3I or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2yNu1Zr

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD Large Aperture Standard Zoom Lens on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1JG0TYy or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2B7qg2B

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2mj9qaU or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2DjI2lk

Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM FLD AF Ultra Wide Zoom Lens on Amazon at http://amzn.to/21EQYuw or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2ChVTbn

Nikon D3400 DSLR 24MP DSLR Camera on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2aXAEfB or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2hvh5Vx

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Equipment I used to record this video:

Panasonic LUMIX G85 4K Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2disa5x or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2AtNGi4

PANASONIC LUMIX G X Vario Lens, 12-35mm, F2.8 ASPH., Professional Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds, POWER Optical I.S. H-HS12035 on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2c0ASVO or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2AMsmEB

Audio Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone on Amazon at http://amzn.to/21dcQtg or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2hrGz5T. I use my AT2020 for pretty much all my studio setting videos. The sound is great and the price is a real bargain.

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Zoom H4n Portable Digital Recorder on Amazon at http://amzn.to/21dcCm5 or B&H Photo at https://bhpho.to/2AtJIX1. I use my H4n in most studio settings where I need XLR inputs.

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  1. There are so many points to discuss – I do not know where to start.
    (1) I will not think of the Nikon 18-105mm ever, because it has a plastic mount, and might break if one falls or drops the camera; 18-140mm has a metal mount. However neither of these will be as sharp as Sigma 17-50mm f2.8.
    (2) Buying a superzoom point&shoot like Sony RX10 II is more efficient than buying a 24MP DSLR with superzoom lens (18-400, 18-300, 18-200 etc.); RX10 II lens is smaller, superior optically and will give same sharpness. Else stick with a DSLR with lower resolution (10, 12 or 16MP) – high resolution like 24 MP is simply not meant for those superzoom lenses.
    (3) FF 85mm equivalent (roughly nearabout 55mm APS-C or 40mm MFT) is the sweet spot for portraiture – shorter focal lengths will lead to perspective distortion, and larger focal lengths will require larger room or working space.
    (4) Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC HSM OS is a very sharp lens (I also own this and have used it extensively), and almost perfect except for one thing which is recently cropping up among long-term users – it is fragile. My friend recently damaged it (after 2 yrs usage, and sent it to factory) – there are many reports on the net of flaws of this lens. No wonder it is priced so low in spite of its high quality ($370)!
    (5) One has to decide on the priority on selecting lens – sharpness vs convenience. Higher zoom factor lenses are convenient but less sharp; Sharper zooms have lower zoom range.
    (6) A zoom lens – unlike a prime lens – is always a compromise; designer has to juggle parameters to lower spherical distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting, flaring and maximize sharpness, transmission and preserving natural colors. So one should not expect perfection in a zoom lens.

  2. Thankyou for picking my question Matt. You cleared all of my doubts regarding zooms. I will get both the Nikon 18-300 as well as the sigma 17-50 as you suggested. Thankyou for helping out.

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