Links to our highly recommended Nikon camera bodies, lenses, and accessories for wildlife photography.
Nikon D5600 + 18-140mm Lens
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Nikon 70-300mm Telephoto Lens
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Tokina 100mm Macro Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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I have these two lenses and the D5100 which is basically the D5600 minus some great features. I used this setup for a couple years before I bought the D610 full-frame Nikon kit, and I was very happy with this setup except for one thing – shutter lag. Meaning, when I wanted to click the shutter, there was a delay. It wasn’t huge or anything, but, since I was used to pro cameras back when there was no such thing as a DSLR, there was zero shutter lag. So, when I faced that – it was a hard thing to get over in my mind.
If you haven’t been a pro photographer in some other area before coming to wildlife photography, and you haven’t had pro cameras in the past, this D5600 camera body and these lenses will be fine for you. If you are not sure, test the camera out at the store first. I think you probably won’t notice the shutter lag because the camera will be faster than anything you used previously.
The Nikon D5600 body is small – I mean, really small compared to one of the full-sized DSLRs. If you have huge hands, you may not like it. If that’s the case, you can choose one of the other Nikon cropped-sensor cameras in the D7000 series. Currently, we’re on the D7500, but there’s no reason the D7100 or D7200 won’t be more than enough for you. These are also great cameras – and will do very well for you as you learn to shoot wildlife in its natural setting.
Other Nikon Gear for Wildlife Photography
Nikon Wildlife Camera Bodies
Nikon Wildlife Lenses
- Nikon 18-140 mm (gives a great focal length range all in one camera)
- Nikon 35 mm F/2.0 D (rock solid, though the motor is rather loud when focusing)
- Nikon 35mm F/1.8 ED (super quiet, light, and great images)
- Nikon 70-300 mm F/ 3.5-5.6 with image stabilization (the best-priced Nikon zoom ever – love this one)
- Tokina ATX-FX 100 mm F/2.8 Macro (built like a tank! Heavy and very nice images)
- Tokina ATX-FX 17-35 mm F/4 (built like a tank! Exceptional wide-angle photos with B+H circular polarizer)
- Nikon 80-400 F/5.6 – for birding, teamed up with one of the latest camera bodies, this is perfect. Not too heavy, and not $10,000 USD.
SB-300; SB-500; SB-700 are all great flashes for Nikon cameras. If you want my one recommendation, get the SB-500 because it can be used as a slave, commander, and it has LED lights on the front of the flash that are useful for video shooting.