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Old May 8, 2010, 4:27 PM   #21
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id rather have a 90 over a 5000 also for the iso capabilities.

and the 16-35mm f4 VR would be perfect for what you are looking at doing.

The 50mm 1.4 is always a good choice

and 85mm 1.4 is the fastest telephoto nikon makes

what type of events do you shoot and how much are you looking at spending?

all this plays a role in lens and body decisions....
I mostly shoot my kids indoors. I'm not really worried about the outdoor shots as I would have enough lighting and can bump up my SS but since we're mostly indoors thats what I need to accommodate for.

If I bought the D90 it would be body only and I would plan on getting a prime lens but do not want to spend more than about $400 on it. I would like to get a zoom eventually but cant swing all that at the moment.
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The D90 body has a built in AF motor so that it can operate non AF-i and AF-s lenses. So it can use all the nikon lenses unlike a D5000 or D3000 with AF.
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The nikon primes are not stabilized. Only their marco lens have IS. So if you want IS on your prime the A550 would be the better option.
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depends on my background at the time. Last shoot of my daughter on black I got 1/30 but when she's on white its about 1/100. I think I need more lighting but I would still prefer to have IS.
Yes. From what you say, I think you'd still need stabilization. That rules out a Nikon with a fast prime.
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Old May 8, 2010, 6:05 PM   #25
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well a d90 at iso 800-1250 max with a 50mm 1.4 would do the job.
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Even with high iso, there are times in low light that 1600 will still give you shutter speeds of 1/8 of a sec. That is when IS can help out, as if you were shooting at 1/16 or 1/25 vs 1/8
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Just don't forget that IS/VR etc only help with camera shake but will do nothing for a moving subject, however if you have an option for IS/VR then you can always turn it off if not needed, if you don't then you are stuck.

So it is a tool to be used like any other tool, be it a tripod, a different lens, flash etc. Just make sure you have the right tools for your needs.
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and i doubt she is taking pictures in a movie theater, at 1.4 and 1/20-1/50 sh should be fine for what she is doing.
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Actually you not need to shoot in a movie theater to find that kind of low light conditions. A very well lit city like NYC. I do find that at times 1.8 will still not give you shutter speeds of 1/30 or better. So in those situration IS do help out when you are at 1/8 1/16 and 1/25 of a sec.

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1.8-1.4 is a big jump when it comes to exposure though...

I do not argue, IS is a very handy thing, but if she is using 1.7 now, with IS, i believe that with the iso capability difference and to be able to shoot at 1.4, she will be able to get the same results, if not better. and the ability to expand here glass arsenal more readily later if need be.

then next better thing would to be go canon, with a t2i and a 50 1.2 II, but that wouldn't be cost efficient :P
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