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Old Dec 13, 2006, 4:49 PM   #11
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I assume your $1K is for lenses, as you already have a body.

I think even with primes, you will still need a well-lit area to get good shots indoors, like huge windows, or lots of indoor lights. If I don't have any lens, and I have $1K to spend I'll probably go with the 18-200VR and an external flash. The lens will cover most of what you need. And the flash gives you flexibility indoors. I bought my 50 f/1.8 prime when I got my camera, but if I could do it over, I would have bought an external flash first.


B&H currently have the SB-800 on sale for $295, and Nikon has an additional $10 rebate.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

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is this flash supported by my D50?


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Old Dec 13, 2006, 5:31 PM   #12
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Yes, the SB-800 works with the D50.

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Save an extra $200-300 and get the 17-55. The image quality is amazing in a very useful focal range.
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Old Jan 16, 2007, 1:12 AM   #14
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Save an extra $200-300 and get the 17-55. The image quality is amazing in a very useful focal range.
did some searching and it seems its about $1500 after all is said and done.

just as na update to this I have yet to buy another lens since life always seems to get in the way of me having fun

BUT I have visited the local Penn stores and chatted it up about lenses and it seems im getting a better idea of what id like to buy.

So far im still confused on the debate over the 50mm 1.4 vs the 1.8. Anyone want to chime in? Which one is better!

Also looked at a few lenses that will cost me around $3000! Forgot which ones though..we shall see how this plays out


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Old Jan 16, 2007, 5:44 PM   #15
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First off, if you don't have a proper dedicated flash like the SB600/SB800 get one and learn to use it. Properly used you can produce wonderful images with a flash that look natural and not "flashed". No matter what glass I use indoors the one constant on my camera in low/no light indoor shots is my SB600.

http://www.planetneil.com/faq/flash-techniques.html

This is what I would do, all prices from KEH used, pretty muchcopy/pasted the shopping cart to this message.Can't go wring buying used from KEH IMHO.






[align=left]#1 Sigma 18-50 F2.8 SIGMA DC D EX (67)(APS-C) WITH HOOD, CAPS, CASE, DIGITAL SLR ZOOM SUPER WIDE ANGLE LENS
LN- $349.00

#2 SB600 (GN118) BOUNCE, SWIVEL, SHOE MOUNT FLASH
NEW $189.95

#3 Nikon 80-200 F2.8 D MACRO ED (77) WITH HOOD, CAPS, 35MM SLR AUTO FOCUS ZOOM TELEPHOTO LENS
BGN $465.00


Total Amount: $1,003.95[/align]

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[align=left]18-50 f2.8 gives you fast glass in the 18-50 range which is good for walking around and general indoor use. Also gives you that wide angle you are missing right now. I prefer the Tamron version so if you can get a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 in this same price range (ebay, etc) then jump on it. Also consider the Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5 DG EX Macro.[/align]

[align=left]SB600 give you a proper flash that everyone needs IMHO[/align]

[align=left]80-200 F2.8D gives you a good telephoto that's fast with good picture quality and also gives you the ability to do some macro work.[/align]

[align=left]You will probably never touch your other two lenses once you get these two.


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Old Jan 16, 2007, 10:58 PM   #16
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I have researched the flash and have found the 600 to be $100 cheaper than the 800, is it worth the extra cash or will I be ok with the 600?


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I have researched the flash and have found the 600 to be $100 cheaper than the 800, is it worth the extra cash or will I be ok with the 600?

Don't know if it's worth it to you, but I didn't think it was worth it for me. What you get with the SB800 over the SB600

-Comes with colored filters and diffuser. You can buy the diffuser seperatly for $12 if you decide you want it.

-Ability to control other flashes remotely. The SB800 can control up to three other flash units.

-Extra metering modes. The SB800 has a few extra modes that the SB600 doesn't have. I ususally shoot iTTL or manual so it wasn't a big deal for me. The extra modes could be helpful.

-Extra Power
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