5 Most Popular Nikon Cameras and Lenses: Summer 2015

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Top Selling Nikon Cameras:

#1 Nikon D3300 – The D3300 is the latest release of the entry level DSLR cameras that Nikon offers. At just under $500 at the time of posting, it’s loaded with 24mp and shoots full 1080p video. It also comes with a 18-55mm lens. A great beginner camera. See full specs

#2 Nikon D3200 Bundle – The D3200 may be ‘last years’ model, but it’s still a great camera and you can get a deal on it. For the same price (just under $500) as the D3300, you can get an extra 55-200mm (telephoto zoom lens) thrown in. But, for the love of God, please don’t ever buy the 55-200mm (non VR – vibration reduction) at full price – besides the 18-55, it’s the most commonly found Nikon lens on Craigslist and they go for around $100 – not $400 like they do retail (what a joke) (sorry for the rant). See full specs

#3 Nikon D3300 Bundle – (seeing a pattern here?) What a popular camera – this one of course is the same as the #1 seller on the list but also has the 55-200mm VR II lens thrown in. I haven’t shot with the new VR II so I cant say if it’s worth it, but for under $650 and having a relatively full-range of focal lengths, this Nikon camera bundle isn’t a bad deal. See full specs

#4 Nikon D750 – This is a terrific camera, and it’s good to see it’s selling well. It’s full-frame, great video, built-in wifi, 6.5fps….it’s just solid – but so is the price: currently just under $2,000. You’ll see an option for the film-maker’s kit, but we wrote about why you shouldn’t purchase that kit. If you have the budget, you can’t go wrong with this one. See full specs

#5 Nikon D5300 – The middle-unit of Nikon’s entry-level cameras. If you’re looking for something a small step up from the D3300, but not ready to step up to a $1200 camera like the D7200, the D5300 is a good choice. Years ago, the middle-ground entry-level camera was the D60 – my very first digital SLR. It didn’t even shoot video! Luckily, Nikon decided to make video a mainstay in their cameras, and the D5300 delivers with the ability to shoot 1080p full HD while still taking great pictures at 24mp. See full specs

#6 Nikon D7200 – It’s surprising to me that the middle-market camera isn’t selling as well as the D750 given the price is almost half. But, it’s a great improvement over the D5300 and if the D750 doesn’t fit your budget, you can still get professional results with this camera. We started our videography business with a single D7000 (few generations back) – it’s more about the person using the camera than the camera itself. See full specs

Top Selling Nikon Lenses

#1 Nikon 35mm 1.8G – This was the first lens I ever purchased that didn’t come with the original camera bundle, and I’m so glad I did. It allows even entry-level cameras to get great results in low-light and gives beautiful, shallow depth-of-field (blurry background). For under $200, it should be your first stand-alone lens purchase too – assuming you have a DX/crop sensor camera. This lens will not work on an FX camera like the D750. See full specs

#2 Nikon 50mm 1.8G – This was the second lense I ever puchased after the 35mm. I liked it because I knew I would eventually buy a full-frame camera, but it still worked on my crop-sensor FX camera with great results. The 50mm focal length on a crop-sensor is close to an 85mm length, which is very desireable focal length – especially at a 1.8 aperature. I still use this lens on our full-frame cameras relatively often. See full specs

#3 Nikon 50mm 1.8D – This is an autofocus lens but the autofocus only works if your camera is equipped with an internal focus motor (D90, D300, D610, D750, D800, D810, D7200) and will not work if you have an entry level camera (D3200, D3300, D5300, etc.). Because it doesn’t have the extra capability, it runs $70 cheaper than the G series. Good deal for a 50mm 1.8 if you have the right camera body. See full specs

#4 Nikon 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G – this an old, kit lens. For $87, you get what you pay for. Chances are if you have a Nikon DX camera, a similar lens already came with it. This lens is designed for use on DX cameras only(D3200, D3300, D5300, etc.) it will not work with FX cameras (D90, D300, D610, D750, D800, D810, D7200). See full specs

#5 Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR – That sure is a long model name for a $400 kit lens. While you can check out the specs, be sure to get this one used – there are a million for sale because people upgrade and try to get rid of their kit lenses. See full specs