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REVIEW: Nikon D5200 + samples, Part 5 (Lenses and Conclusion)

Nikon D5200
Nikon D5200 + Vivitar 28mm f/2 + 0.21x Fisheye Adapter

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Lenses

The set came with a Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DX G VR2 kit lens. Images taken with this lens are beautifully sharp and I like how close you could get to your subject with merely 3 inches away! Like all zoom lenses with variable aperture, it goes darker as you zoom toward the longer focal length.

Nikon D5200

A detailed review of the Nikon D5200 + samples

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

A detailed review of the Nikon D5200 + samples

A detailed review of the Nikon D5200 + samples

A detailed review of the Nikon D5200 + samples

A detailed review of the Nikon D5200 + samples



The second lens added to my collection was this cheap plastic lens called Holga HL-N 60mm f/8 Lens. The resulting images are very soft and dreamy, reminiscent of those old hazy films. The 60mm focal length acts as 90mm telephoto lens.

Holga HL-N 60mm f/8 for Nikon



The next lens is a highly esteemed vintage that's at least 40 years old, called the Nikkor-S Auto 50mm f/1.4 (Pre-AI) manual lens. It's awesome for low-light and the colors are so dreamy. The images you get with this lens are so good, especially with low light and you could have this as your walk-around lens.

Nikon D5200



The most recent lens is the Vivitar 28mm f/2 Lens by Kiron. Vivitar is a third-party lens maker and was a highly esteemed brand during the 70/80s. They made over 30 versions of this 28mm lens, with different manufacturers. This lens is popular for having a sharp center and gradually becoming soft at the edges. 

Nikon D5200



0.21x Fisheye Adapter works best with wide angle lenses to even enhance their wideness. It also works as a wide angle adapter for lenses up to 50mm. Beyond 50mm, I noticed the images becoming super soft focused like a dream and having chromatic aberration.

Nikon D5200




Next in my wishlist? A Holga HPL-N Pinhole Lens, old vintage lenses, and a super telephoto lens!

A detailed review of the Nikon D5200 + samples
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Conclusion

The Nikon D5200 is loaded with so many good features that will surely be useful in several situations. The swivel screen is a big factor here since it not only helps me take videos/photos from difficult angles, but also to see myself in the frame while doing videos/selfies.

Despite a few annoyances with autofocus and the red video button, I'm quite pleased with how the D5200 is a tool to help me achieve my goals rather than becoming an obstacle. The kit lens was very good and sharp.

Hopefully, I've covered everything in this review. Just to let you know, these are the features I rarely use and did not bother to elaborate here:

  • Autofocus. AF points can be set to 11 or 39. I'm on Manual Focus all the time so this feature is not used often.
  • Burst Mode. Very useful in sports and nature photography.
  • In-camera editing. Tried less than 5 times. I'd rather edit on my computer.


The review ends here. I hope buyers are enlightened with the features that I put here. If you would be focusing purely on photography, the D3xxx models would be worth your budget. For a mix of videos and photography, I recommend the D5xxx. The D7xxx has a motorized body that can do autofocus on some older lenses.


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