Since 2015, the DSLR camera considered to be the upper entry level model is the Nikon D5500. It has several features that put it ahead of its predecessor— the Nikon D5300. There is a 24.2MP DX format CMOS sensor and does not have an optical low pass filter. There is an AF system with 39 point Autofocus and smartphone compatibility. To allow instant sharing, there is built in Wi-Fi and as a result of this and other capabilities the camera is the ideal camera of its kind for an entry level photographer.
How Is the New Photographer Helped?
- It is easy to compose the picture – This is important at any time but especially when learning the trade.
- The shots are easy to make and don’t take an eternity to set up so more pictures can be produced.
- Reviewing the image is easy and can be done in high resolution to give the best results.
- Videos can also be reviewed in high resolution and again great results are achieved.
- Automatic shooting modes can be used in both portrait and landscape with a good nikon d5500 lens.
Choosing the Best Lens
With over 70 lenses to choose from, it is going to be a difficult decision to make and an inexperienced photographer they will not automatically know which ones will add the most to their ability to take top quality pictures. It will be a great deal of help to know what each one is capable off and gain an understanding of the ones to buy first and the ones that may not be suitable for the sort of pictures you intend to take. There is nothing to stop additional lenses being bought at a later date.
Portrait and Walk around Lens
One such lens will be the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 which weighs in at 16.4 oz. It fairs well against the competition when it comes to price and is half the price of the Nikon version. Despite the disparity in price, the maximum aperture is the same and there is almost as much reach, with Sigma managing 70mm to Nikons 8mm. There is a very useful focal length range and it has a more than adequate low light performance. The Nikon version is not as soft as the Sigma and this is most apparent in the corners and when it is wide open, but this is not a major issue. All in all, it has been agreed that this is a great nikon d5500 lens to use when starting out.
One of the first of this category to spring to mind as a good choice is the Nikon 40mm f/2.8 DX Micro. It is a little heavy than other lenses weighing 9.9 oz. and users have claimed that it can produce a sharp picture at a more than reasonable price. On the downside, there is a focal length of just 40mm and this means that there is the need to be close to the subject involved. Thus, this will be best for photographing stationery items as they will be easier to get close to and it has a faster aperture of around 66%.
Weighing just 11.8 oz. the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR is both lightweight and very easy to afford even if you are just starting up photography. The one thing that has led to complaints is the plastic mount. This model has been discontinued, so it will be cheap to pick one up and thus if there had to be a choice made, it would be this one. If there is going to be more focus needed it may not be ideal, but not all photographers take pictures that rely on this.