it's better to acquire the best at the start, so you don't need to worry about upgrading:
get the AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR. this will help you cover a wide range of photography genres.
also, not forgetting the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR if you decide to do sports or wildlife photography
Also not to mention, please put aside some money for more essential accessories such as dry cabinet, tripod and external flash.
Get the dry cabinet first. If you are shooting alot of low light shots or architecture shots, or generally shots that required very steady hands, you might want to get a good tripod (w. Tripod head)(forget about the free ones that they gave you, I mean, they can serve you for a while but it is better that you invest into something more stable). As for external flash, it is up to you. For a starter, you can use the build in flash most of the time.
Those accessories (tripod, tripodhead and dry cabinet) can easily set you back a couple of hundreds of dollars. So do take note of that.
Last edited by rhino123; 28th October 2014 at 01:09 PM.
spend more time and efforts on acquire photography knowledge and hands on practise, this is very important, else your photography hobby will be short-lived.
If I am going for D7100 Kit with AF-S 18-105mm VR DX Lens, the lens is sufficient for a start?
I am right that only Nikkon lenses are covered with international warranty but not the Body?
Last edited by renol; 28th October 2014 at 04:26 PM.
As for flash, I would advise that you use your own internal flash for the time being... before jumping into an external flash.
Do buy a dry cabinet too.
As for occassion sports photography, the 105mm focal range might be enough if you are able to stand close enough to the action. Many people would have gone for at least 200mm and for low light sports action, a fast lens might be needed, but I would still advise that you stay with your kit lens at the moment and rent faster lens as and when you need it.
Just get down to a physical shop be it locally or in hongkong or anywhere else so you can take that camera you want, feel it, play with it for a while then decide if it was for you. Why do you want to take the risk and order online, then pray if the product will reach you, and if it reach you, pray that nothing is wrong, or if you like the handling or not? Of course it is easy to order from the net and wait for the camera to come in if you are in the US... if you don't like it, you can still return it. Not sure if this is possible in Singapore.
Would like to echo the same about tripod, especially since you said you shoot landscapes. Get a good one. Try to give extra headroom for the weight (say if your lens + cam body = 2 kg, get something that can accommodate more than 2 kg). From what I read, problem is, awkward shooting angles + long lens might shift the overall centre of gravity (that's why you see some tripods have hook to hang more weight).
I have a colleague in the office whose 5D mk3 + 16-35 mk2 dived into shallow water of Maldives because his tripod was not sturdy enough. He ended up using Canon S120 for the rest of his Maldives trip. The 5D mk3 was dead beyond salvation. The 16-35 mk2 has been sold for parts
The same goes with dry cabinet, try to give extra headroom if space & budget permits.
Last edited by rhino123; 31st October 2014 at 12:47 PM.