Where can I buy cheapest Nikon D5500? Also Suggestions for right lens for a beginner

Hi all,

Title says it all.

Please help me find the best deal out there for Nikon D5500 and also share your suggestions on which lense I should get for prtraits, landscapes and better low light photos. I would prefer not to have to keep changing the lenses.

Please share the love.



  • +2

    The body you get won't affect your image quality drastically if it's in the D5X00 or D3X00 series. IMO, the D5500 is overpriced and has lots of gimmicks which add up to a high price. I would suggest a D3200 or a D3300 instead; the image quality difference is tiny, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference and you would have much more to spend on lenses.

    In terms of lenses, you should get the kit lens and then decide what you want from there on. Learning about photography is necessary to find out what factors lead to better portraits/landscapes; learn about F stops, ISO and shutter speed etc; there is no point in shooting in auto on a DSLR.

    There is no point in buying a DSLR if you don't want to interchanging lenses. If you really don't want to keep interchanging lenses, the Nikon 18-300 or 18-200 will do the job for you.

  • +1

    I got a D3300 with an 18-55 kit lens, 35mm 1.8 and a 70-200mm 2.8 Sigma.

    The lenses make a much bigger difference than a more expensive body, although the additional focus points would be nice to have.
    The 35mm is my all purpose lens, with the 70-200 more for sporty and nature stuff. The kit gets little use unless I need a wide shot which is rare.

    • Definitely agree with Drew22, spend more on lenses and less on a body.

      I'd take a D3000 with a sigma 18-35mm f1.8 any day over a D5 with a 43-86mm (one of nikon's cheapest lenses).

  • +1

    Until you've had your dslr for a while, you won't have much of an idea of the type of photography that really grabs you.
    This is why you start with the kit lenses which themselves are capable of great shots.

    Photography is more about the photographer than the gear so don't be fooled into spending lots of money initially until you know your craft and why you might need a particular lens or aperture.

    Until your capable of decent photography with the kit lenses, there is little point of spending money on professional quality ones.
    Until you learn what your doing, your likely to take worse shots with expensive lenses than the kit ones.

    Most people who buy cameras lose interest and don't end up using them.
    Until you know whether your going to stick with it, start with the kit lenses or as Chair has suggested, the weighty 18-200 or 18-300mm.

    Personally I think you need to get over your aversion to changing lenses which is one of the main points of dslr ownership or consider a different type of camera.

    At the end of the day it doesn't really matter much as its only money and you can learn lifes lessons the hard way with only the penalty of some time and dollars

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