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Gavica 5,570 1,398 January 7, 2016 at 07:12 AM More Best Buy Deals
Hi, I want to buy my first DSLR I am complete newb in this field, I have a soon to be born daughter and want to take pictures in this style if possible:

http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content...names1.jpg

I have read Nikon makes some of the best entry DSLR, I have bb GC so going to buy from them, I have found this 2 choices, which one would be best for me? One is the previous model comes with 2 lenses, the other is a newer model but 1 lense

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/nikon...Id=4449701

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/nikon...Id=3521003

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I say go with the 3200. It's still an amazing camera and for the same price comes with a bigger lens.
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Since you're buying your first DSLR, is it fair to assume you have little or no photography experience? You're going to want to practice a lot with that camera, and even then understand your photos are not going to look like a professional's. They'll be much better than cell phone pics, and there's absolutely no need to have professional photos taken of your newborn, but if it is important to you to have pictures like the example you provided just hire a pro. It's not going to cost more than buying an SLR anyway.
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Since you're buying your first DSLR, is it fair to assume you have little or no photography experience? You're going to want to practice a lot with that camera, and even then understand your photos are not going to look like a professional's. They'll be much better than cell phone pics, and there's absolutely no need to have professional photos taken of your newborn, but if it is important to you to have pictures like the example you provided just hire a pro. It's not going to cost more than buying an SLR anyway.
Nothing special

Proper lens and light took that picture.

He won't get that picture with a 18-55 or 55-200
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Nothing special
I won't argue that at all.

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Proper lens and light took that picture. He won't get that picture with a 18-55 or 55-200
This was basically my point. If you know what you're doing it's not a big deal. The thing that made me nervous was the subject matter and the fact that one doesn't have a lot of time to experiment and get it right with a newborn. If having great staged newborn shots is important I would still recommend to just have them done by someone else.
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He'll like a DSLR no matter what. 18-55 isn't bad. 55-200 i hardly used
I use the fixed 35 indoors.

recently found my 55-20 in the basement, in a container full of water.
came back from vac to the remains of a flooded basement. 12" Frown
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thanks for info all, I guess I will go with the D3200 then.
As far as the memory card, would something like this be good enough?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820301276
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I was going to say the 3300 for the wireless, but you still need an adapter?

Costco has a kit for 499
AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR II and AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm Lens, 32GB SD Card, Camera Bag, WU-1A Adaptor, Nikon School Instructional DVD

wu-1a, bag and card hard to push 100$
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You could do that with a bridge camera that has full manual controls.
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Quote from Gavica View Post :
thanks for info all, I guess I will go with the D3200 then.
As far as the memory card, would something like this be good enough?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820301276
The Nikon D3200 uses full size SD cards. The product you linked is micro-sd.

For your camera I would stick with the full size SD card. I would also personally stick with major brand name cards that are bought from reputable online retailers (think SanDisk from Amazon or Lexar from BH Photo, etc.)

Avoid the random off brand chinese shipped / sold cards as they often error, corrupt, or are simply mislabled as to the size.

For your beginner needs I would just get a 32GB card from Amazon.
Here's one that should be adequate for your needs
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ult...6518304011

If you're looking to go slightly better (think better read/write speed so you can potentially take more photos in a short amount of time). Then spend $4 more and get this.
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ext...6518304011
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Quote from willow_ve View Post :
The Nikon D3200 uses full size SD cards. The product you linked is micro-sd.

For your camera I would stick with the full size SD card. I would also personally stick with major brand name cards that are bought from reputable online retailers (think SanDisk from Amazon or Lexar from BH Photo, etc.)

Avoid the random off brand chinese shipped / sold cards as they often error, corrupt, or are simply mislabled as to the size.

For your beginner needs I would just get a 32GB card from Amazon.
Here's one that should be adequate for your needs
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ult...6518304011 [amazon.com]

If you're looking to go slightly better (think better read/write speed so you can potentially take more photos in a short amount of time). Then spend $4 more and get this.
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ext...6518304011 [amazon.com]
is gskill considered a good brand? they have a good deal on this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820231605
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is gskill considered a good brand? they have a good deal on this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820231605
Personally I wouldn't use GSkill for flash memory in a DSLR. There's always anecdotal evidence either way, but I would personally avoid it.

On a 32GB card you'll be able to record approxmiately

2,600 JPGs
or
1,320 RAW
or
175 minutes of high quality uncompressed 1080p video (note the D3200 can only record up to 20 minutes or 4GB at a time before you need to start a new video recording)

Roughly double that for a 64GB card

The only hesitation I would have in a 64GB card is that you're putting all your eggs in one basket. Unless you backup / download the new images every time you're done shooting (or every week, etc.) you can end up losing months or even a year of photos on a 64GB card if the card corrupts. Smaller cards are a) cheaper and b) force you to backup more often and / or swap cards so you don't end up with that problem.
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