Nikon D3500 REVIEW / Hands On PHOTO SHOOT | BEST CAMERA Kit for Under $500?!

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Since the Nikon introduction of the Nikon D3000 all the way back in 2009, Nikon has put out super affordable entry level DSLR’s. Now in 2019 they have continued to do so with the Nikon D3500 which comes in at under $400 with one lens and under $500 with two lenses.

I decided to take the D3500 out into the Real World to see how it handles shooting college gymnastics. I used the two kit lenses, 18-55 and 70-300 as well as the Nikon 70-200 2.8E FL professional lens. I wanted to show you how you can take control of your camera and get quality results even with the kit lenses.

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William Tolbirt says:

I’m a beginner but this kit would drive me crazy. I can’t stand the feel of cheap plastic equipment.

Theoharis Lampiris says:

Can you make a video suggesting budget lenses for beginners? (nikon user)

Chris Thornburg says:

Jared, this is a great video for people just starting out.

Creative Outlet says:

This came out at the perfect time.
I've ordered mine.

Tóth Zsolt Dániel says:

What do think is it better to buy the D3500 with AF-P 18-55mm VR or a great smartphone with good camera (like S10+, Mate 20 Pro or P20 Pro) ?

darlingtoncd says:

Nearly all DSLRs & Mirrorless will give a great picture when you know how to use them. In 2019, to view this as a great entry-level camera, I feel sorry for people who view this as "good advice". Live view performance v having to use an OVF, NO micro adjusting on lower range DSLRs, and that can bite you if you become more critical about your focus (your testing model might have been ok-ish here?). I've used Mirrorless and entry-level DSLRs for the last 6 years and as a fully manual photographer with good knowledge (and experience) of using light well, with off-camera flash. Beware of these sort of recommendations, get the camera in your hand and be VERY sure you're making the right choice.

brianminkc says:

Naw…. buy a minty fresh D300 pro body for $300.

Christopher Merritt says:

Thanks Fro, your advice is valuable.

Tony Adamis says:

I thought this was a pretty good primer for beginners, packed full of just the right info. One thing, however — I'm 63YO and I can tell you that I thought calling college women "girls" went out sometime around 1970. Is it back?

jeyaraj jrj says:

Which is better photo and video quality Nikon d3500 or canon 200d or Nikon d5600

bratvlad says:

Best to invest in mirrorless from now on.

Tl Cheeto says:

Thanks for another great review. Shared to a friend looking to get their first DSLR on a budget.

Magic Elrobertos says:

Great Review not sure about D3500

Shilpa R says:

You look like REDFOO

Ivan Talafuk says:

Well, if it fits the budget.. why the hell not 😛

Dhaval Baria says:

Raw format available ?

A. Tac. says:

Wouldn't be better to skip this 70-300mm and get instead the 55-200mm with VR?

Steven Johnson says:

I thought this guy didn't like small dinky cameras where his hopeless little pinky hangs off the grip – where's the pinky grip?
Why does a "pro" photographer spruik a dinky "beginners" camera. I'm wondering whether at the end of this video he'll try to hump this little camera, because he's getting all excited about it.
He shoots a D3500 and spruiks the twin lens kit, but uses a $2000 lens F/2.8 and shows off that the camera can make good shots in poor light. The kit lens can't make the shot because its at f/6.3. Why not put a $12,000 super telephoto lens on it?

What a shill for nikon! When he discusses Sony apsc cameras he states that Sony should abandon their apsc range.

Oh by the way, the camera doesn't have an inbuilt focusing motor to run older legacy lenses; no in body stabilization; plastic lens mounts; nowhere to put your pinky finger (but I can tell you where you can put your pinky).

His persona changes to when he discusses pro cameras, but dumbs himself down for "beginners" – very patronizing.

In sales, this video is called "switch and bait".. The twin lens kit can't do the job, but wack on a $2000 lens on a $250 body and now it CAN!

Daudh Rai says:

Such a fantastic Video !!

Paul Walker says:

Jared, your good friend Ken Rockwell loves this new 18-45 AFP kit lens. Do you agree?

a1ch3mist37 says:

What's even more amazing is the fact that the Nikon DX prime 35 mm 1.8 is also usable on an FX (with only a little bit of vignetting).
It's like the Canon 50 mm prime, not the sharpest for sure, but for it's price a really good tip.

Jordan Takes The World says:

Nice birthday present for me haha this was uploaded on my birthday 😁

Petr Ducháč says:

One thing I would skip is the Lightroom. Buy cheap camera and Lightroom which will be more expensive then the camera over time… There are other options for processing RAW files starting with View NX which is free from Nikon and there are other cheaper options then Lightroom.

ActionPhotoPassion says:

Hi nice educational for beginners.
I'm surprised by the fact that you were getting tack sharp images with AF and whatever lens you threw it at.
Does the D3500 have Micro Focus Adjustments?

rendezvous009 says:

Hey why are you still wearing that T-shirt? Can't sell your old stocks?

rendezvous009 says:

Just get a D3300, at least you get a mic port and save yourself some money. This new camera is actually a downgrade.

Seth Engris says:

I love my D3500 haha, it's a beast when you know how to use it. I can't afford the actual version of light room so I use the free mobile variant. The free version is fantastic! I have taken pictures with exceptional quality with this camera and my kit Lens's, nifty 50, and some janky AF macro tube extenders. Also, this camera can get done exceptional low light pictures when paired with a Nifty 50mm 1.8g

TheMikeEwick says:

Just listened to your podcast rant about this and I think it’s hilarious! This is a really good beginner camera and the two lenses for $500 is a bargain! Anyone bitching about it is full of shit. Yeah the glass isn’t great and the camera might not be the best but for 90% of the people out there it will do everything they want and more.

Jeffrey S says:

Based on your reviews I should have brought this camera instead of my Z6.

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