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Old Sep 18, 2011, 6:09 AM   #11
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Ted, I tried getting the 25mm off ebay but i lost the auction at the last few seconds so i'm now thinking of starting with the 50mm that Zig suggested, I will try it without a flash initially, I think f2.0 would be enough for low light, I had never seen this lens before, it has amazing reviews everywhere! I messaged a couple of local sellers, I even found one who was selling the flash fl36r and the 50mm along with other things, offered him 450$ for the flash and the lens, hope he gets back to me and I start taking nice pics

Thank you all for your great support, congrats Zig on the photo of the day, I hope one day I'll be able to take such nice photos myself


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Hi John,

Just to be clear on the flash. I use the original version of FL36, not the newer version FL36R which is more expensive. I don't know how the battery consumption is on the FL36R not having used it. But I use Sanyo's eneloop re-chargeable batteries and experience no refresh rate issues.

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Old Sep 18, 2011, 1:34 PM   #12
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Ted, I tried getting the 25mm off ebay but i lost the auction at the last few seconds so i'm now thinking of starting with the 50mm that Zig suggested, I will try it without a flash initially, I think f2.0 would be enough for low light,

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The 50mm is a great lens and should be fine with available light indoors. However, 100mm (equivalent full frame) is a good focal length for a portrait of one person, but may prove to be too long for what you said you wanted to do - a group photo - if it's inside a typical residential room (which is why I didn't mention that lens to you). Let me know how it works out for you.

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J ANYONE ELSE HERE HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH METZ FLASH UNITS?
I have the Metz 48 AF-1 that I bought for about $275 in Hong Kong. Very nice flash. Battery life with Sanyo Enerloops is huge. Works great for close and distance as it has a motor zoom. Cons are that you must read the manual at least once or twice...
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PS. I'm also interested in low light shooting, but outdoors at moving things on dull days, but I think I need to spend a lot more than a couple of hundred to get what I need.

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Old Sep 19, 2011, 6:28 PM   #14
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Thanks for the feedback on the Metz, Martin. I have heard it was a good one.


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I'm also interested in low light shooting, but outdoors at moving things on dull days, but I think I need to spend a lot more than a couple of hundred to get what I need.
Hah! I'm afraid you're correct. There's a famous quote about race cars, attributed to both John Lingenfelter and Banjo Mathews, "Speed costs money. How fast do you want to go?"

It's also true of camera lenses.

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