If you already follow me on Instagram – @its_wannie (shameless plug, I know) then you know that I am obsessed with photography. A question I have been asked a lot recently is what camera and lens do I use. So I thought while I am answering this question I may as well do a review of my camera and show you a few photos at the same time.
Brandon Woelfel Inspired Shoot
So the camera I use is a NikonD3200 which I guess could be described as a beginner photographer DSLR. If you are new to photography or looking to upgrade from a phone and want an affordable DSLR then I would definitely recommend it. It comes with an 18-55mm kit lens. Prices start from around £370 brand new on amazon or £250 for a used model.
Click to check it out on amazon
I don’t really shoot with the kit lens anymore unless I’m going for a wide angle shot. I bought a 50mm F/1.8 lens about a year ago which I am absolutely in love with. It has a really low aperture and lets in lots of light. I feel like my pictures are way sharper with it (especially in lower light) and its amazing for portraits
Portrait with my 50mm Summer 2017
Street photography with my 18-55 mm (needed a wider angle for this)
Pros of the D3200: I have had this camera for for 2.5 years now and it’s allowed me to improve and grow in my photography massively. One thing that DSLR cameras definitely have over phones or point-and-shoot cameras is the control. I have always shot in manual mode and at first this was really difficult. But having control of shutter speed, the aperture and ISO means you have a better ability to control how you want your photos to look like in a wider range of environments. It’s one of the most affordable DSLRs available and in good lighting*** the photos can look as good as photos taken with a more expensive camera.
Landscape photography is something this camera does really well with (18-55mm zoom lens)
Cons of the D3200: Like I said this camera is aimed at entry-level photographers and the more I have improved and want to do more creative shoots, the more I find the camera isn’t suitable. The biggest con I find with my Nikon is that it struggles in lower light and my pictures end up looking a lot more grainy and therefore lower quality. Another problem I have is that because it doesn’t have a built in AutoFocus monitor, I have to manually focus with my 50mm lens (not the kit lens) which is just very time consuming and frustrating when I want to capture quick ‘in the moment photos’.
Low light image: super grainy (50mm Prime Lens)
Sunshine: So much sharper (50mm Prime Lens)
Overall, I would say that this is one of the best DSLRs for beginner photographers. However, I am hoping to upgrade to either the D750 or D610 in the near future. Key point: the camera can only do so much. It’s down to having an eye for what makes a good image, which only comes with time and practice. Editing also plays a huge part and I love to use VSCO, Lightroom and photoshop. What do you guys shoot/ edit with, let me know in the comments.
Shot from my summer in slovenia. Edited using the C3 filter on VSCO