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Nikon Lenses on a budget

You may have read the recent review we posted of the Nikon D5600 and were wondering what lens should I get to go with it, I will delve into two different lenses in this post the Nikkor 18-55mm VR and the Sigma 18-200mm; both of which can be used for toy photography but I will also show what else they can be used for.

A quick photo comparison

The photo on the left is taken using the Nikkor 18-55mm and the photo on the right is using the Sigma 18-200mm.

As you can see they both have amazing detail but with the main differences being that the 18-55mm lens has less zoom and gives a wider angle, meaning it show more of what's around the figure. The 18-200mm Lens zooms in a lot further and blurs more of the background surrounding the figure.

Obviously camera have settings where you can edit the aperture, shutter speed and ISO, so depending what your settings are you can get different results. For the purposes of this post I kept the settings as automatic.

Nikkor 18-55mm VR

Is it compatible with all Nikons? Answer, No. But it is compatible with most newer models. Below is a list of compatibility.

Fully compatible models: D7500, D5600, D5500, D5300, D3400, D3300, D500 and later models

Compatible models with limited functions: D5, D810 series, Df, D750, D7200, D7100, D5200, Nikon 1 series with the FT1

Incompatible models: D4 series, D3 series, D2 series, D1 series, D800 series, D700, D610, D600, D300 series, D200, D100, D7000, D5100, D5000, D90, D80, D70 series, D3200, D3100, D3000, D60, D50, D40 series, film cameras

So the 18-55mm focal length is possibly one of the most popular lenses out there as they are great for portrait and are the lens that comes with a camera body when bought in a bundle. 18-55mm is also what most toy photography is taken with as it allows a nice wider angle especially for action shots or shots that have multiple figures in; without blurring them out.

When starting out in Toy photography this lens is easily one of the best to go for as it gives a large variety to what you can do with it; be it portrait, landscape or close up.

What about other types of photography?

Glad you asked, you will probably find most portrait/family photographers using a lens with a similar or same focal length, so if you are in to portraits of people then definitely give this lens a go.

It can also be used for some close ups of creepy crawlies but it can be hit and miss.

Sigma 18-200mm

The Sigma 18-200mm is one of those 3rd party lenses I spoke about in the Nikon D5600 review. There are many out there and are definitely worth getting as they can be a lot cheaper than your Nikon, Canon and Sony own brand lenses. There is a Nikon model and a Canon model ao you can always find one that fits your camera, but before buying 3rd party lenses always check they are compatible with your camera.

What's it like for Toy Photography?

My primary lens I use now is the Sigma 18-200mm, its great fun to use as you can get that well zoomed in shot with a nice blurred background or you can get that wider angle by zooming out, but not as great of a wide angle as the 18-55mm lenses. As previously mentioned it tends to focus on one subject rather than a group, so using this lens for a shot containing multiple figures can prove tricky if you don't want figures to be blurred out.

Wildlife and People

Where the 18-55mm is good for shots of people; the 18-200mm is good for people and wildlife. with a great zoom it can focus in on an animal from quite a distance and still give off great results. I have taken some of my favourite shots with this lens.


Overall it is down to personal preference and mine would be the 18-200mm lens but depending on what you are using it for you will have different opinions.

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