I didn’t post any flower photos for a long time. There are several reasons, it took some time this year until I saw the first ones but then I got my first DSLR. The kit lens is a problem when it comes to flower photography, I don’t want to say that you can not take pictures of flowers with it, but I like to get extremely close to the flower and that is not really possible. The photo above is shot with my kit lens and I wouldn’t be able to get much closer, it would be impossible to focus.
With the 15-105mm lens you can not get close-ups because you won’t even be able to get the flower in focus manually. Yes, in this case you have more possibilities with a smartphone camera due to the fact that you come much closer to the flower and you will be able to focus, I shot tons of flower photos with my phone and it worked very well. But then again, the Nikon 15-105mm kit lens is not bad, it’s just not a lens you can use in any case, and it makes absolutely sense because if you stay interested you will get other lenses for all kind of purposes.
So as I researched a lot before I even started, I expected that when I bought my DSLR with the kit lens. Well, that is in fact even the reason why I bought a DSLR because there a specialized lenses for everything but once you own them you will have much more possibilities. Of course, a macro lens will be superior to smartphone cameras, because well, you can take super awesome flower and insect photos with a smartphone but a special macro lens for a DSLR will give you much more magnification.
DSLR’s are upgradable, that is the reason I wanted one. I purchased the DSLR with the kit lens as it came cheap in the kit and as I can practice then. In fact the kit lens is a much better lens than most people say. I saw so many reviews where people said “Skip the kit lens it’s crap, get a quality lens instead”, and I call this bullshit as someone who got even greatest results with a smartphone camera.
When ever I see professionals suggesting to skip the kit lens I think it’s hilarious because no beginner would start with a super expansive lens, it does not make sense at all. Then beginners and professionals do also have different starting points, different knowledge, probably even different budgets. If you came here by chance for example via Google with the question if the 15-105mm lens is it worth, yet it is.
This lens will introduce you to your camera, it will work for many purposes, just not for all. If you stay interested, you will most likely upgrade to other specialized lenses as with any other hobby where you might want to upgrade to better equipment because you get aware of the differences. The 15-105mm lens is perfect to experience your camera, that’s the stage where I am right now and this cheap lens in the kit is perfect for it. So, yes do get the camera with a kit lens, it’s worth to pay the few extra dollars for the kit, everything else will be much more expansive anyway.
At some point I will purchase a macro lens for flowers and insects too but it will take a lot of time as I have other things on the list. As I mentioned it in another post, I am also interested in a tele lens as I noticed that taking photos of birds is a lot of fun too and some extra range would really help. When I talk about macro lenses and tele lenses, I am not even sure what I will save for first because I like both fields of application. Now I have another priority.
I saved money for a tripod. I do have the money already to get a really decent tripod. I always wished to record myself when I play guitar and it was possible with my smartphone (just check out my super awesome DIY smartphone tripod if you want to smile) but quite difficult. So, I have recorded some guitar sessions but I see the potential with my DSLR and a real tripod.
I am pretty much amazed by the Manfrotto tripods. I know there are other great brands and I don’t really want to advertise for Manfrotto here, I just wanted to mention that I like some of their tripods pretty much and that I want to get one of them. These tripods just hit my taste after checking all kind of reviews, that’s all.
I have money for it spread on different accounts and I now need to plan if I need it in cash, online or on my bank account. As in any other case, even the most specialized store in my city does not have the gear I want, that is always the same problem here in my city. Now I check out if I let them order the stuff or if I just purchase online. Also I do still want to research a little bit as I am a patient and careful person.
At the end of this post I am amazed again how a photo post just inspired me talk about this and that. I clearly like to let my thoughts flow, I so much dislike to plan posts, I just start writing if I feel that way. As a blogger it’s always cool if I feel chatty, I like that (laugh). If you came here for the flower photo only, just check out all my other flower photos, what about yellow flowers for example?