Nikon D5500 Vs Canon T6s/T6i (750D/760D)


Strengths of the Nikon D5500

  • Better sensor
    • Improved low light performance
    • Better dynamic range
    • Capable of sharper images without the anti-aliasing filter
  • Smaller and slightly lighter
  • Innovative touchscreen can be used when camera is up to your face
  • Additional scene & effect modes
  • Timed bulb mode (press once to start, press again to end for useful for shutter speeds longer than 30 seconds without a remote.
  • Intervalometer - short time lapses possible without extra gear
  • 1080 at 60p
  • Excellent battery life

Weakness of the Nikon D5500

  • Smaller size and deeper grip may not be comfortable for all users.
  • Locking kit lens slows down first shot
  • Smaller buffer - fewer shots in fast burst, especially when shooting RAW + JPEG
  • Live view experience
    • Focusing in low light is poor
    • Focusing is noisy
    • Focusing is slower with more hunting
    • Touch to track subject is buggy
    • Exposure simulation only possible in some modes
    • Menu system in live view a bit dense
  • Very limited Wifi control- just touch to focus

Strengths of the Canon T6s/ T6i

  • Manual control friendly with rear dial and top LCD (only applies to the Canon T6s)
  • Slightly larger size and grip will feel nicer in larger hands
  • Live view performance
    • Focusing is fast, accurate and silent when using an STM kit lens
    • Focusing in low light is excellent
    • Touch to focus works very well and touch to track subject
  • Deeper buffer for slightly more shots in a burst, especially when shooting RAW + JPEG
  • Digital zoom in video 3x closer and still full HD with no quality loss- possible to zoom to 10x but quality does decrease.
  • Wifi and NFC for easy connection that provides full remote manual control of camera
  • Access to cheap prime lenses like the Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM, 24mm f/2.8 STM, 40mm f/2.8 STM

Weaknesses of the Canon T6s/ T6i

  • Low light/ High ISO performance noisy above 3200
  • Larger and slightly heavier
  • Battery life, just 440 shots
  • Video limited at 1080 30p and HDR video feature is a joke
Full Review - Canon T6s | Nikon D5500Support my work and the reviews I produce - use these links for purchase.Buy the Canon T6s from B&H Photo VideoBuy the Nikon D5500 from B&H Photo VideoSample Images from the Canon T6s and Nikon D5500Auto - Quick Snaps:20150614-IMG_9698_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-160 sec at f - 8.0-ISO 10020150614-DSC_0001_NIKON D5500-1-250 sec at f - 8.0-ISO 25020150614-DSC_0008_NIKON D5500-1-200 sec at f - 7.1-ISO 40020150614-IMG_9702_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-200 sec at f - 3.5-ISO 100Close Focusing Abilities with 18-55 Kit Lenses on Auto20150614-DSC_0010_NIKON D5500-1-250 sec at f - 8.0-ISO 32020150614-IMG_9706_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-125 sec at f - 7.1-ISO 10020150614-DSC_0012_NIKON D5500-1-400 sec at f - 10-ISO 20020150614-IMG_9707_Canon EOS Rebel T6s-1-160 sec at f - 8.0-ISO 100

Canon T6s Hands-on Review (vs T5i, 70D, Nikon D5500)

My Video review of the Canon T6s Tying to decide if the Canon 70D or the T6s (760D) is best for you? Read my T6s vs 70D Differences Explained simplyBuy The Canon T6s from B&H - Using my links costs you nothing extra and support my hard work and teaching through this site. Thank you!Canon T6s Samples

Nikon D7200 Announced & My Thoughts

Nikon has announced the Nikon D7200 mid-level APS-C sensor camera.  

Nikon D7200What you need to know about the Nikon D7200:

  • Body is nearly identical to the D7100, slight grip redesign similar to D750 and D5500
  • 24MP sensor (probably the same as in the D5500 - See my review of the D5500)
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter (OLPF)
  • 51 AF Points, 15 cross type and Improved low light focusing capabilities
  • 6 FPS
  • Better/deeper buffer (allows more continuous shots before you see a slowdown. D7100 had a significantly smaller buffer.
  • Higher ISO range, 102,400 capable of B&W photos ONLY due to large amount of chroma noise.
  • 1080/60p ONLY in 1.3x crop mode
  • WiFi and NFC (NFC is a first for Nikon)
  • Better battery life, 160 more shots per charge vs D7100
  • Body only price: $1,196.95 - Preorder from B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
  • Body with 18-140 lens price: $1,496.95 $1,696.95 Preorder from B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon (UPDATE: D7200 has been added to instant rebate list $200 savings)
  • Available/Shipping in MID MARCH

Rumors about articulating touch screen are FALSE.Nikon D7200Nikon D7200Nikon D7200 My quick thoughts on the Nikon D7200I was a fan of the D7100, it provides excellent manual controls and very good quality at a solid price. The value of the camera was high. I, like many photographers, were frustrated with the tiny buffer that really kept this camera from shining, it certainly made sports and wildlife photographers look for alternatives. It looks like they have addressed that issue and I expect this camera to perform well and sell well.Nikon D7100 and D7200 - Can you tell the difference?[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]D7200 Back[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"]D7100 Back[/vc_column][/vc_row] 

Nikon D7200 Preview

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D7200 - Differences Explained Simply

They both offer 24MP sensors - likely the SAME sensorThe D7200 offers/Advantages over the D5500:

  • Full Manual Control and additional function buttons for customizing
  • larger more ergonomically designed camera (comfortable to hold for long stretches)
  • Auto focus compatibility with more lenses (in body focus motor, lacking in the D5500)
  • Faster AF system with 51 focus points (39 focus points in the D5500)
  • 6 FPS vs 5FPS in the D5500. D7200 can do 7fps in crop mode.
  • D7200 has a pentaprism viewfinder providing a brighter view and covers a full 100% of the image area. D5500 uses a pentamirror design which covers 95% of the image area.
  • Weather Sealing against dust/moisture
  • Increased top shutter speed 1/8000 sec vs 1/4000 sec in the D5500.
  • Increased flash sync speed 1/250 vs 1/200 in D5500

The D5500 offers/Advantages over the D7200:

  • Much lighter and smaller
    • D5500 weighs: 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
    • D7200 weighs: 675 g (1.49 lb / 23.81 oz)
  • More user friendly for beginners
  • Cheaper. Buying the D5500 saves you several hundred dollars

Who should buy the D7200?Photographers looking to seriously grow and/or will need to be shooting in all weather conditions.  And photographers will access to older lenses that will work with the D7100.Who should buy the D5500?Photographers looking for an excellent quality DSLR (currently the best at this price point) where size and weight is important.Watch my D5500 Review 

Nikon D5500 Review (vs D5300, D7100, Canon T5i and more)

My hands-on video review of the Nikon D5500

NOTE: NIKON REBATES END 3/28/15 & include the D5500/D5300

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D5300 - Differences Explained Simply

D5300 vs D5500 - Top ChangesBoth D5500 and D5300 offer:

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS Sensors
  • Expeed 4 Processors
  • 39-point AF system, 9 cross-type points (higher accuracy points clustered around the middle)
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • 5 frames per second
  • HD 1080 video at 60p (10 minute recording limit, 20 minutes at 30p)
  • Fully articulating screen
  • Wifi

D5500 with 18-55  The D5500 offers/Advantages over the D5300:

  • A redesigned 24MP processor- I saw slight improvements in image quality at higher ISOs
  • Proximity Sensor (turns LCD off when you bring camera to your eye- helps with battery life too)
  • Smart Touch Screen - acts as a 3rd function wheel when your eye is up to viewfinder
  • Quiet shutter option - Mirror flipping down is just delayed - not a big difference in sound
  • Flat profile for video
  • Fine control over settings in Picture profiles (1/4 adjustments)
  • Slimmer and lighter, under 1lb
  • Redesign deep grip
  • Greater battery life (820 shots CIPA)
  • Additional Effects: Super Vivid, Pop and Photo IllustrationD5300 with 18-55

The D5300 offers/Advantages over the D5500:

 My Thoughts on the D5300 vs D5500The primary advantages of D5500 are the touchscreen, making the camera more user friendly and the slimmer and lightweight design.  Increased image quality at the higher ISOs is a nice bonus.  If you are a beginner this is a great way to ease into a DSLR with a camera that does provide room to grow as a photographer or is ready to be left on AUTO and provide you with excellent photos.

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D7100 - Differences Explained Simply

They both offer 24MP sensors, the D5500 is a newer design with better image quality at higher ISOsThe D7100 offers/Advantages over the D5500:

  • Full Manual Control and additional function buttons for customizing
  • larger more ergonomically designed camera (comfortable to hold for long stretches)
  • Auto focus compatibility with more lenses (in body focus motor, lacking in the D5500)
  • Faster AF system with 51 focus points (39 focus points in the D5500)
  • 6 FPS vs 5FPS in the D5500. D7100 can do 7fps in crop mode.
  • D7100 has a pentaprism viewfinder providing a brighter view and covers a full 100% of the image area. D5500 uses a pentamirror design which covers 95% of the image area.
  • Weather Sealing against dust/moisture
  • Increased top shutter speed 1/8000 sec vs 1/4000 sec in the D5500.

The D5500 offers/Advantages over the D7100:

  • Much lighter and smaller
    • D5500 weighs: 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
    • D7100 weighs: 765 g (1.69 lb / 26.98 oz)
  • More user friendly for beginners
  • Cheaper. Buying the D5500 saves you several hundred dollars

Who should buy the D7100?Photographers looking to seriously grow and/or will need to be shooting in all weather conditions.  And photographers will access to older lenses that will work with the D7100.Who should buy the D5500?Photographers looking for an excellent quality DSLR (currently the best  at this price point) where size and weight is important.Nikon D5500 Sample Images (More Coming Soon)[gallery columns="4" td_gallery_title_input="Nikon D5500 Image Samples" link="file" ids="7232,7233,7234,7235,7236,7237,7238,7239,7240,7241,7242,7243"]

Nikon D5500 vs the Canon T5i and Canon T6i/T6s

Watch my preview on the Canon T6i/T6s

Nikon Instant Rebates - 35mm f/1.8 for $176!

Adorama Nikon Savings Nikon has announced INSTANT REBATES - HUGE savings on lenses, DSLRS and DSLR/Lens Bundles including the new D5500! Rebates end Feb 28, 2015. These rebates come once a year.Savings on DSLRs/Lens Bundles - Shop B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Nikon DSLR Savings

Nikon D810 is now $300 off: B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon D5500 kits are now $200 off: B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon D5300 kits are now $100 off: B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon D3300 kits are now $150 off: B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonComplete line of Nikon DSLR Savings at Adorama

Nikon LENS Savings

Two of my favorite DX lenses:Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX ($176) B&H Photo  | Adorama | AmazonNikon 40mm f/2.8G DX Macro ($246) B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon (My review of the Nikon 40mm)

Additional Nikon Lens Savings:

Nikon 28mm f/1.8G: $100 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 35mm f/1.8G: $100 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 50mm f/1.4G: $85 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 85mm f/1.8G: $50 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 85mm f/1.4G: $200 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 105mm f/2.8G VR Micro: $185 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 14-24mm f/2.8G: $200 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 16-35mm f/4G VR: $260 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 24-70mm f/2.8G: $200 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G VR: $400 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G DX: $100 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VRII: $100 off B&H Photo | Adorama | AmazonNikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VRII: $100 off B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Photo Mish Mash Ep 45: Hard Sell/No Drone Zone

5:30pm EST Feb 13, 2015Photo Mish Mash Show Notes: Photo Mish Mash Ep #45 Date: 2/13/15Sponsor(s):Seattle Workshop - April 4th from 10am to 5pm with optional dinner Academy Trips - Join us in Greece, New Zealand or photograph some baby animals, helicopter ride to top of a glacier 10% off your order. TWO week free trial. Clearly they know they have a good product if they don’t take your credit card up front - More to come soon. in review:New site - Easy way to find my stuff- add “toby” to your searchesMagic Lantern - Just how easy it is on a T5i - Critique - General Inspiration for Feb assignment Shadow Play - Submit for Assignment or General Crit - Ahead:NX1, D5500, Touchscreens making us stupid?^ firmware updatesNX1 Pro+Touchscreen,+User interface+Features - Including 4K+Quality - excellent sensorNX1 Cons-Missing true back-button focus-Expensive-Lens selection-Samsung?D5500 - summary of the review D5300 seems like a great value - more soon.News:Google and Mattel - Photospheres VR Announced 150-600 Contemporary - How does it stack up against the Tamron 150-600 or the other Sigma 150-600?“Hands-on” with the Pentax FF 24mm f/1.4 announced. - No Fly has a rant? Snow DXSNO Scores -Reader Questions:My most confusing question EVERI'm hearing some noise on the Nikkor 18-55 mm lens during autofocus of still photos with my new Nikon D5300. I see a lot written about noise during video but is some noise (particularly w low light High ISO settings) normal?Thoughts on following combo: Sigma 18-35, 50mm prime and Tamron 70-200 VC USD?What do you think about the Canon 70-200 IS V1?More Questions:

Now Shipping - Nikon D5500 - Touchscreen DSLR

Screenshot 2015-02-05 20.53.19The Nikon D5500 is now available and shipping (with expedited shipping) fromBuy from B&H Photo Video | Adorama | Amazon $896.95 (Body only) $996.95 (with 18-55 lens) $1396.95 (with 18-140 lens)B&H Photo Video includes extra spare battery, 16GB SD Card and Shoulderbag ($64 value)

D5500 Specs

  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.2" 1,037k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5 fps
  • 39-Point Multi-CAM 4800DX AF Sensor
  • Native Sensitivity to ISO 25600

This is basically the same camera as the D5300 minus the GPS and adding in a touch screen.  Nikon has done well with some of the touchscreen features allowing you to setup and control certain aspects of the camera by touching the screen even when your eye is up to the viewfinder.  The best option may be picking your focus point by moving your finger across the screen.

D5500 or D5300?

You can save $200 and pickup the D5300 which will offer identical image quality, only real sacrifice is the touchscreen. With that savings you can buy the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 - a fantastic prime lens that will give you wonderful aperture control and excellent low light images. Why do you want a prime lens? I have 6 reasons you want a prime lens.Buy the D5300 from B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

D5500 or D7100 (D7200)

In just hours we should know much more about the D7200. It is rumored to have an articulating screen and will offer, like the D7100 a much more professional camera in both feel and operation. If you dream of professionally shooting the D7XX series gives you much more room to grow as a photographer you just need to pay more and carry around a bigger camera.  If you are just a parent or someone that wants to take nice photos and have your camera with you most of the time, the D5300/D5500 would be my pick.Buy the D7100 from B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon  

Photo Mish Mash 42: CES & Montana

Question of the week -If you were going to make a coffee table photo book - what would be the subject?Week/month in review:Family Vacation (shooting experience with the GH4 and qualty of the high ISO filesISO 2500 examples Extender Review: Of field Master Link: Tour - Microphone room, Speaker Room and Zoom LensNew Style of the Photo Critique:Week Ahead -Montana -! for newsletterNews:CES - Photo round up D5500 (feb 5th) P&S (Connect Station) - Glimpse of a new rebel? 18-300 IS STM Ef-S coming. . maybeCP+ Feb 12-15th - Maybe 5D Mark IV, T6i, D7200’s favorite camera - the HTC RE Hunt / Tony LawrenceCalculating depth of field . . . should you base it on the focal length of the lens or the lens + crop factor . . . also suggested by someone else on Post to Your Page was how to use the depth of field button on the cameraReader Questions:Scott RobelotCan you please explain the best way to clean the mirror inside of a dslr?relayer705I have a Q. Will a 24 mp sensor be better in low light than a 16 mp? I have a Nikon D5100. I know that a full frame is much better in low light but would more mp make any difference in smaller sensor?Gerald MeredithAny experience with 5D Mark 3 underexposing in "manual mode" even if viewfinder meter shows correct exposure? All other modes seem okMiguel Rocha5D mk2 or 6D?

Nikon D5500 Announced (Successor to the D5300)

The Nikon D5500 has been announced. (Why not a D5400?)Nikon D5500 camera, Nikkor 300 f/4 and 55-200mm f/4-5.6G lensesScreenshot 2015-01-05 21.55.37 Screenshot 2015-01-05 21.55.22Headline Feature: Articulating Touch Screen ( a first for the Nikon DSLR line)Additional Features: 

  • 3.2-inch, approximately 1037K-dot TFT LCD vari-angle monitor
  • 24.2-million pixels, a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, and the EXPEED
  • Wifi to smartphone/tablets
  • Slightly smaller body size - world's smallest, lightest, and slimmest digital SLR camera equipped with a vari-angle monitor
  • Additional Scene control and features available for photos AND video

About the touchscreen - "One of eight frequently used camera settings (Focus-point selection, AF-area mode, Aperture, ISO sensitivity, etc.) can be assigned to this function for use with viewfinder shooting, enabling immediate modification of the assigned setting, and achieving practical operation by simply tapping or sliding a finger across the monitor while looking through the viewfinder.""..sliding a finger across the monitor while looking through the viewfinder."Very interesting - I am curious to see how this translates in real world use.The Nikon D5500 will be available in early February, (black and red), in two different kit configurations: alongside the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95 or with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,199.95 SRP. The Nikon D5500 will also be sold body only for an SRP of $899.95. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lenses will also be available in early February for an SRP of $349.95 and $1,999.95, respectively.Preorder from Amazon | B&H Photo & Video (Available Feb 5th in RED or BLACK)B&H D5500 body only $896.95B&H D5500 with 18-55 $996.96B&H D5500 with 18-140 $1196.95

Nikon D5500 vs D5300 (Differences Explained Simply)

It looks like both share the same sensor, same processor and same number/type of focus points. In short do NOT upgrade to this camera from the D5300 and expect any difference in quality of the images.Key differences. D5500 offers a touchscreen, better battery life 820 vs 600 shots and its just a tiny bit smaller/lighter (just 2oz less than the D5300) - Some don't consider a smaller size to be better.From the Nikon Rumors Page - blue outline is the D5500, purple is the D5300Screenshot 2015-01-06 00.26.19They have dropped the GPS (which I wasn't impressed with) but added some additional picture controls and maybe a star trails mode (I am still researching this)

Nikon D5500 vs the Canon T5i

Full post coming soon - for now watch my video of the T5i vs the D5300 and keep in mind the touchscreen should make the D5500 more user friendlyWhen will we see a Canon response to the D5500? When will we see the Canon T6i or 750D? I predict before the end of February

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II Lens

Screenshot 2015-01-06 00.46.58Available Feb 5th for $396 - Preorder from B&H PhotoPoll - How do you feel about touchscreens in your DSLR? 

Nikon D5400 Rumors

IMG_0019Starting to hear some rumors about the D5400 which according to this post on Nikon Rumors will be called the D5500. Skipping the D5400. It seems the number 4 in Japanese has the same pronunciation as the word for "death" (shi) and thus they avoid it. (Thanks Tom C.)   Why their flagship DSLR is named the D4s causes me some confusion but let's set the number/name aside and talk about the features.At this point we know very little other than a touchscreen will be added to the articulating screen and the camera will be announced in early January in time for Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  I suspect most other features will remain the same or similar with the D5300 and expect Nikon to use the same excellent 24mp sensor that they are currently using.I hear from many photographers upgrading to DSLRS that feel torn between the increased quality of the Nikon but want the touchscreen of the Canon T5i.   This should help with the decision but I expect (or hope) Canon will come back with something in the T6i that gives them a fighting chance. Right now Canon does have a clear advantage with the dual pixel AF and the STM lenses if you want to easily capture video but on the photo side Nikon is my pick. Early rumors that I reported on suggested Canon would go mirror-less for the T6i but I doubt that is true, what will be more likely is the inclusion of the 70Ds fast live view focusing system.How do you feel about touchscreens in your DSLR? Do you have one and love it? Don't have one and don't think you would want it?  Christina and I touch on the touchscreen debate and talk about the D5500 in this segment from our weekly podcast.Poll - How do you feel about touchscreens in your DSLR? 

Photo Mish Mash Ep 40: LIVE!

 Updates on my review of the Nikon D750, Is photography Art? A recent 6.5 Million dollar photo stirs some controversy, The D5500 is rumored, skipping the D5400 - you might be surprised to find out why. Lytro cameras now offer focus spread and we answer reader AND viewer questions. This was our first live show and a big thanks to all those that jumped in and commented/shared their thoughts as we recorded. More live shows are in the future.News:Lytro offers Focus Spread Technology D5500 Rumours will include a touchscreenDiscussion:Is Photography ART? This recurring discussion was brought to the forefront again when Peter Liks "Phantom" sold for $6.5 million and Jonathan Jones of the Guardian had strong opinions that photography is not ART. photo in color: reference Google Search results of Antelope Canyon body or lens?? What is more important to the overall AF experience?Do you know how much the 5DMk4 will cost?Should I wait to buy the Canon 5D III? Is canon going to refresh the line-up?Would there be an increase in image quality and low light performance going from an XSi to a 7D mk1?5D MK IV with Sony or Canon sensor?More towards the business end, for people in portrait photography, what are the best ways to get your name out there other than word of mouth and FB utilization.I have a crop sensor dslr(70D). For christmas, I have the budget for either, a canon L lens like 24-70mm or a full frame body. What do you recommend I buy?Are all macro lenses change their max aperture when you focus closer to the subject?

Recommended Lenses for Nikon D5300/D5500/D7200 (DX Cameras)

Nikon Lenses for DX Cameras like the D5200 and D7100

Primes - Non-zooming lenses that offer excellent value and low light capabilities - these are the lenses you want for those lovely blurred background photos.  Why you should own a prime.Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DXGreat low-light walk-around lens, versatile focal length- Decent for portraits, street photography and general travel. If I was limited to just one lens this would be it. Amazing sharpness for the value.  Buy from Amazon | B&HNikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX MicroSacrifice some light/maximum aperture (just over a stop which is not insignificant) but gain an excellent value macro that does 1:1 lifesize. I was blown away that this was less the $300.  Full Nikon 40mm Review. Buy from Amazon | B&HNikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S FXThe 50mm focal length translates to 75mm on a DX sensor (D5200 and D7100 have DX sensors or crop sensors) 75mm is a lovely focal length for portraits. NOTE: D5200 users get the AF-S G version, linked here.  D7100 users have inbody focus motor and you can use the older D version without an issue.   Indie filmmakers with either camera may want to consider the D version with aperture control built into the lens.  Why Nikon movie makers want mechanical aperture control.   Buy from Amazon | B&HNikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR EDNikon 18-105 is not exciting but I mention it here as a decent value when purchased with a Nikon camera, better than the 18-55 which really holds back the potential of these newer Nikon cameras with excellent sensors. Buy from Amazon | B&HSigma 17-70 2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM for NikonNoticeably sharper than the kit and offers a nice f/4 at 70mm, this is great for portraits and the fact that you can be at 17mm and f/2.8 along with optical stabilization makes this an excellent low light zoom capable lens.  The Macro feature is not worth mentioning other than to say you can get as close as you can with the kit lens, but you do have those extra stops of light. Buy from Amazon | B&HTamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LDA little slow to focus, no image stabilization but SHARP and gives you f/2.8 across the range, 75mm and f/2.8 is beautiful for portraits and this lens is useable on full frame should you decide to upgrade cameras.  Buy from Amazon | B&HNikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DXGOOD Value, gets a little soft out at 300 but for under $400 you get a decent zoom lens.   Buy from Amazon | B&HA second option for Zoom, Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR, it is a sharper lens than the 55-300 and bought used from Amazon costs just $300.

Recommended Nikon Lenses for Video

I get lots of questions about shooting video with Nikon and the lenses I recommend for video work- personally it would be any of the lenses that offer mechanical aperture control, this gives you the ability to change the aperture without leaving live view, an annoying quirk of Nikon cameras. Watch this video on Manual Aperture Control in a Nikon D5200. Serious videographers are not worried about auto focus so the 50mm f/1.8D or the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 offer excellent quality and complete control for video work. These recommendations apply to your indie film/videographer, if you are a parent capturing your child any of the lenses mentioned above are just fine.Buying used is an option for all of these lenses, you don't save much on the prime lenses as they often keep very high resale value but the zoom lenses (any lens I mentioned that is not a prime) you can save enough to make it worthwhile.  I buy all my lenses (new and used) on Amazon or B&H these.This was just a list of my value picks of DX appropriate lenses. There are other options too, leave a comment below with your favorite lens.  If you have questions about any of these lenses or another lens you are considering for your Nikon shoot me a message on Facebook, linked under the video.