Gone are the days when cameras were expensive tools for the learned lot. Today many are affordable enough for most people and have functions that allow for everyone to quickly learn shooting for decent photos.
However, with an assorted of different cameras available on the market, a beginner may have difficulty in having no idea which camera he/she should pick like what camera model to buy and which lenses or filters to use for the camera.
If you are also having such problem, you may trust in Nikon as this brand offering you a variety of DSLR cameras for your need. Here are the models that line the shelves today:
The first entry level DSLR has everything, ranging from 14 megapixels, and is equipped with D-Movie function that enables recording of high-definition movies. This model is meant for newbies. Students mostly choose it because of the affordable price.
The D3100 with AF-SDX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR retails at around $500 – $550 and is available in red and black
The newest addition to the Nikon family, the D3200 is an upgrade from the D3100 and is for beginners who want larger images for printing or cropping purposes. This camera is developed with Nikon’s new EXPEED 3 image-processing engine that delivers 24.2 megapixels.
The model is prices at around $800 with AF-S 18-55mm, and around $1000 with AF-S 18-105mm. It also available in red and black colors.
Many choose this model of Nikon camera is due to it feature with swivel LCD that enables photographing at awkward angles so that they can shoot with different perspectives. It is equipped with the same DX-format CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 2 image-processing engine as the high-end D7000 camera.
Priced at around $800 with AF-SDX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.
This is a historic camera, being the first DSLR in the world to be equipped with video function.
Photography enthusiasts continue to be attracted to this camera and professionals use it as a backup body.
It is also the first camera allowing for the mounting of non-motorized lens, a function that allows photographers to use older lenses.
Priced at around $1,100 with AF-SDX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.
Mahfooz says, “This is one of the unique cameras that don’t have an upgrade as until today it still uses Nikon’s first EXPEED image processing engine. It has been perfected and it will stay that way.”
As one of the highest end of consumer-level cameras, the D7000 has all the features of an excellent professional DSLR. Those who own this camera are likely to also have a smaller camera like the D5100 or D90.
It has a robust body made from magnesium alloy and features high shutter speed. ISO control, and frames per second. Equipped with EXPEED 2 image-processing engine and 16 megapixels, it works well in different situations.
Priced at around $1600 – $1650 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.
For beginners, a lens measuring 18-55mm is good enough as it provides a zoom between 27mm and 80mm(the latter is good for portrait shot while 27mm shoots in wide angle). But a lens measuring 18-105mm allows more convenience as one can zoom further.
The idea here, says Mahfooz, “is not which lens is good but convenience.”
The model marks the beginning of professional DSLRs and the difference (compared to an amateur model) is its robustness and frames per second.
It is the only crop frame camera in the professional level. This means the sensor it carries is smaller so it gives you a crop-as opposed to full-frame cameras that provide a full frame. This feature allows photographers to achieve longer reach-hence its popularity among motorsport photographers.
All professional DSLRs are sold without lenses; the body alone costs $1,700.
Nikon D800 (Body Only)
They are the same camera but with different specifications. The D800 has normal filters while the D800E doesn’t have some. This allows images to go directly into sensor mode without much restriction from the filter.
Both cameras feature 36 megapixels that allow studio and commercial photographers to blow up the photo and print huge sizes.
This is the first full-frame camera which has a higher dynamic range. Its total range is smoother to capture details from bright and dark areas.
The D800 body is priced at $3,500 while the D800E body cost around $4,000.
The flagship of Nikon, it is the highest end of professional cameras. The model is used by media members and event photographers who need speed.
It can shoot up to 11 frames per second and is able to transfer photos straight to the server, laptop, or online when a remote transmitter, WT5, is attached. This allows for very good work flow for media and photojournalists.
The D4 supports the new type of card, XQD, which allows fast transfer at 125 mbps. All professional camera models have two card slots and the D4 also supports CF (CompactFlash) cards.
Lens Adapter for Putting a Minolta Lens-on a Nikon Camera
Mounting Minolta Lens on Nikon Camera with an Adapter
Almost all lenses of Minolta are built and designed to make it possible to get closer to the film plane of the Nikon lenses. This is particularly true for all 35mm lenses models. Because of the design, there will be no any physical adapter ring that make it possible for you to get “infinity focus” by mounting a Minolta lens on a Nikon camera body since the lens will try to make focus in front of the film plane.
If you want to make it possible for using a Minolta lens to be able to mount on a Nikon camera body, then the mount adapter is going to have negative depth. This can be achieved simply by putting a lens in the adapter, such as making use of some sort of teleconverters. You may already know that Minolta camera is having MC and MD mounts. These are actually very different because of the distance from film-plane to bayonet-mount is varies by 2 mm. Thus, a MD lens is much easier to adapt the Nikon body compare to a MC lens which happen to be an older lens.