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Joanna Deakin, via email

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Ja­son rec­om­mends a DX-fit su­per­zoom and fixes flash trou­ble and D-type lens er­ror is­sues

Ja­son says… That’s a pretty ex­ten­sive shoot­ing list, for which a ver­sa­tile D-SLR will be much bet­ter than a phone. We’d by­pass the D3400 18-55mm VR kit (around £400/$500) in favour of the slightly dearer D5500 18-55mm VR kit (£650/$700). The newer and pricier D5600 18-55mm VR kit (£730/$800) is only re­ally worth the ex­tra money if you’re des­per­ate for Nikon’s SnapBridge wire­less shar­ing.

The D5500 is more ad­vanced than the D3400, so bet­ter able to grow with you as you learn new skills. For ex­am­ple, its Ex­po­sure De­lay Mode cus­tom set­ting is use­ful for avoid­ing blurred close-ups of your jew­ellery. For this as well as fam­ily por­traits on a bud­get, we’d rec­om­mend a dual-pur­pose por­trait/macro lens such as the Nikon AF-S 40mm f/2.8G Mi­cro (£240/$280).

The piv­ot­ing LCD screen of the D5500 is great for stills and movie cap­ture, en­abling you to shoot eas­ily from cre­ative an­gles

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