Digital Photography - Nikon Camera Buying Guide - Tel 0116 279 6906 email

Course Location & Timings


Dates: February to November 2012

Timings: 09.45am - 5.00pm

Address: 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA

Telephone. 0116 2796906

Price: £135

Lunch: Included


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Photography Course Timings


9.30 -10am Arrival, coffee & biscuits 10.00am camera settings & theory

12.30 -1.00pm light lunch (included)

1pm-3pm Practical photography

3pm-4pm Review photographs

4pm-5pm Photo-editing Demonstration

5pm Questions & course feedback


DSLR Course Requirements


Digital SLR Camera

Extra lenses - optional

External flashgun - optional

Fully charged battery and / or a spare

Empty memory card

Any other kit you need explaining

change of shoes if wet.


Please ensure you have a fully charged battery as we will be using your camera a lot and batteries do to tend to run out.For batteries and cards at huge discounts visit


Is it worth buying Sigma or Tamron Lenses

It's always nice to have the dedicated Nikon lenses on your camera and in the ideal world it would be good to stick with the branded lenses. In reality though you can often get a similar Sigma or Tamrom lens for about 2/3rds of the price.

I personally don't have a problem with buying non Nikon lenses as I've owned and used Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 EX and a Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 EX for the past two years without any problems.

What about other Flashguns

I must admit though I do have some non Nikon lenses all my flash guns are Nikon branded. I haven't tried other makes so I can't comment but I suppose It's because the price difference isn't so large as it is with lenses. I use my flashes a lot with the Nikon Creative lighting system which I think works really well. I don't think I would feel confident using other brands.

If anyone has tried them in a multiple flash setting I would like to hear your comments.

Nikon Camera Buying Guide

This section is dedicated to helping you choose a Canon camera outfit and it is divided into four sections: Amateur, Enthusiast, Semi Pro and Professional. Canon seem to have more models than you can shake a stick at so the variations are numerous but here goes. See the Canon Camera Buying Guide

Tamron 18-270mm Superzoom. One lens for every occasion

Before you choose you camera please consider carefully the lens you buy with it. The shop will probably try and sell you two lenses - an 18-55mm kit lens and a 55-200mm or 75-300mm telephoto zoom. This means you will miss pictures while changing lenses and also open the camera up to dust and dirt.

I use and I'm a big fan of the Tamron 18-270mm Superzoom which will save you having to buy and carry two lenses plus save you money in the long run on additional camera bags and filters. There is also less chance of missing those important shots because you are changing lenses.

Please see the Which Lens Should I Buy page for more details

Nikon D3200 Body Only - 24MP Entry Level DSLR £237

Nikon D3200The Nikon D3200 is the 24MP replacement for the D3100 but includes many of the same features. It includes Nikon's excellent guided mode and easy to use menu system. It does lack some of the controls of the higher models so you could end up replacing it after a while or maybe keep it as a second camera. Don't be swayed by the high pixel count as more pixels doesn't mean more quality but it does allow you to have bigger prints. This coupled with the excellent Tamron 18-270mm should keep most amateurs happy for most photography assignments. Wex Photographic 

Nikon D3200 Body Only about £237

Tamron 18-270mm Nikon Fit about £270

Nikon D3300 24MP Entry Level DSLR £353

Nikon D3200The Nikon D3300 Digital SLR Camera Body in black is a DX-format digital SLR that continues the success of the D3200 and is aimed at beginners who wish to take their hobby to the next level. This entry-level camera features a 24.2 megapixel camera, an 11-point autofocus system, EXPEED 4 image processing engine, 5 fps continuous shooting, a clear 3.0” LCD screen and 1080p Full HD video recording. This coupled with the excellent Tamron 18-270mm should keep most amateurs happy for most photography assignments.

Nikon D3300 Body Only about £353

Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm lens about £390

Tamron 18-270mm Nikon Fit about £329

Sigma 2x EX DG APO Teleconverter Nikon Fit

Nikon D5200 24MP Swivel Screen DSLR £335 approx

Nikon D5200The D5200 is the replacement for the very popular D5100 and adds a 24MP sensor and a bmps the motor drive speed up to 5fps instead of four. The autofocus system is now a 39 point system rather than the 11 point system on the D5100. At this stage I have to question if the D5200 is worth the big price increase over the D5100. At this price point I would also take a look at the D7000 or the D90.

Body Only about £335

Tamron 18-270mm Nikon Fit about £270


Nikon D5300 24MP Swivel Screen DSLR £504 approx

Nikon D5200The Nikon D5300 Digital SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens in black is the first Nikon DX-format digital SLR camera to feature built-in Wi-fi and GPS. The Nikon D5300 sits in the mid-range cropped sensor line-up and is specifically designed for creative enthusiasts who want to document their travels and share their view of the world to their loved ones through high-quality images. The 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor has been specifically designed with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) to boost detail and clarity, whilst the 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors ensures outstanding accuracy and sharpness.

Nikon D5300 Body Only about £504

Tamron 18-270mm Nikon Fit about £329


Nikon D7000 16MP -Semi -Pro DSLR Body Only - £379 - Used

Nikon D7000Once you handle the semi pro Nikon D7000 you will realise you are handling a camera in a different league. The metal alloy body adds a solidity and weight missing from the plastic amateur models. You will also find many more controls and buttons on show which helps the more experienced photographer to change the settings quickly. The D7000 also includes many more operations not found in the lower models and of these my favourite is the Custom Function buttons which allows you to record often used settings and reset them at the turn of a dial. Given the high price of the D5300 I think the D7000 is a better buy.

Nikon D7000 Body Only about £379 - USED

Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm Kit Lens

Nikon D7100 Body Only £731

Tamron 18-270mm Nikon Fit about £269


Nikon D7100 Semi-Pro Body Only about £809

Nikon D7100

The Nikon D7100 Digital SLR Camera Body sits above the D7000 in the highly-advanced, enthusiast range of Nikon DSLRs and is the flagship cropped sensor model in the Nikon line-up. With the removal of the optical low pass filter (OLPF) you are able to achieve images with greater detail. The D7100 is a 24.1-megapixel camera with an EXPEED 3 image processor and together they are capable of delivering lifelike full resolution stills at 6fps and full HD 1080p video recording at 30p, 25p or 24p, with built-in stereo mic and external mic input.

Nikon D7100 Body Only £731

Nikon D7100 with 18-105 Kit Lens £939

Tamron 18-270mm Nikon Fit about £279

Nikon D610 24MP Full Frame DSLR Body Only -£1389

Nikon D600The Nikon D610 is Nikon's low cost entry into full frame photography. Full frame (FX) cameras typically offer better quallity than their DX format cousins due to the the much larger sensor size, especially at higher ISO settings. Just be aware that if you are upgrading from a DX format camera you might need to upgrade your lenses. The D610 has many of the controls and settings of the D800 but at a £500 discount. If you need first class low light performance then is camera is an excellent buy.

Manfrotto MK055XPRO3 Tripod and 498RC2 Ball Head

Choosing a Lens

Each session will list a suggested camera for that level and offer advice on suitable lenses and flashguns. Most amateur models tend to come with a 18-55mm zoom as standard but as you get higher up the price scale it is more common to buy a body only and a separate lens.

Nikon SB700 Flash

The Nikon Sb700 flash is a good addition and will be useful for the Portrait Course, the Creative Lighting Course and the Flash Course

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