Which DSLR To Choose

camohanna

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Hi there.

Looking to purchase my first DSLR. I am wanting it for a trip to Hong Kong/Beijing and also for future uses.

At the moment I am looking at the Nikon D3200 and D3300.

There are four options I am looking at going.

ALL PRICES IN NZD. I will not buy from overseas sites e.g. Amazon as it will work out more expensive due to import taxes etc. as well as warranty issues. If you want to suggest something different please use www.pricespy.co.nz to find alternatives.

1) D3200 Body Only - Buying lenses separately
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1223259
~$465
2) D3200 + 18-55mm lens kit
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1223266
~$579
3) D3300 Body Only - Buying lenses separately
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=2428719
~$535
4) D3300 + 18-55mm lens kit
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=2428720
~$629

I was thinking going for the 18-55mm kits, as they only add $100NZD onto the body cost. However, I'm unsure if they will suit what I want to use them for - which is primarly for shooting pictures of Hong Kong + scenery. I would like to be able to take some wide angle shots, but also be able to take normal pictures.

What I really what to know is if that 18-55mm lens will suit me for what i want to use it for.
 

te100

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of course the 3300 is better http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon-D3200-vs-Nikon-D3300 will you notice the differences probably not. the 18-55 lens is a pretty good all around lens for everyday activities. I have a D3100 (my first dslr) and with that lens it takes great pictures. Zoom is okay. I found that using the manual focus is easier then the auto focus. We mainly take pictures of the dogs, craft projects my wife does and her plants. My daughter is better at it and she can take some pretty good pictures.
 

giantbucket

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the 18-55 will be fine for 90% of your shooting, EXCEPT low-light / indoors stuff. does the lens have VR (vibration reduction)? that would help.

for some fun reading, go to www.kenrockwell.com and prepare to be.... amused. he's got some great ideas and sensible observations, filtered through an arrogant prick attitude.
 

Mitchell Robinson

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Get the D3200. It's a no brainer. The difference in features and quality is so negligible that its not worth getting the model higher.

I would also recommend that you look for a different lens kit with the camera. Something with a wider focal range. for example; my Canon 24-105L has a very versatile focal range and that means that i can get wide shots as well as zoom in a little for those shots that you cant get close to. Particularly handy for travel/landscape/wildlife and sports.
 

Relly Rale

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Both will suit your needs extra features are always nice but you cannot loose as far as quality with either the first Nikon I used was a d5200 and it was lightyears ahead of my canon t2i but I used mines primarily for video
 
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