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2 lenses came with my Nikon D3200, but no adapter. What do I need to buy to use these lenses?

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When I purchased my Nikon D3200, 2 off brand lenses came with it. One is a 2 x telephoto lens/52 mm thread, the other is a .45 x wide angle(macro) lens/52 mm thread, both are digital lenses. The lenses do not screw onto my camera. What do I need to buy to be able to use the lenses? Are they worth using, or should I just buy the equivalent Nikor lenses? Thanks

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Those lenses sound like auxiliary "converter" lenses, which are generally intended to thread onto the filter threads of another lens to convert that lens to a longer or wider focal length. They're more common for advanced point-and-shoot cameras than SLRs and won't do anything useful without a lens to mount them onto.

In my experience, these converter lenses are nearly useless attached to SLR lenses. The image quality is quite poor.

If you're looking for advice on lenses, I'd recommend a Nikon 18-55 VR and/or a Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens to start with. The 18-55 will give you a very useful zoom range and image stabilization, while the 35mm will give you excellent low-light ability at the expense of zooming. Once you've had experience with either of those, it will be more clear to you which other lenses you might want to acquire to expand your system.

It sounds like they're actually adaptors/filters for lenses, rather than lenses in their own right.

The 52mm thread can be screwed onto the front of a variety of lenses, like the standard 18-55mm kit lens. The 2x telephoto adaptor will make the lens "longer", or more telephoto (it will magnify objects more), while the 0.45x wide angle adaptor will make things smaller, and give you a wider field of view.

In short, you need a regular lens for the camera (and if you get one with a 52mm thread, those two adaptors will be potentially quite useful)

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