*lurker* I am curious as to what lens you all recommend. I do mainly portraits aside from various soccer shots for my own kids. Right now I only have the 18-105mm kit lens that came with my D90 a year ago. I am getting a 50mm but also want to get something else but not sure what so thought I would see what you ladies recommended. Also any speedlight recommendations would also be greatly appreciated.
Prime lenses are good for portraiture. Since you are already getting the 50mm I would suggest either an 85mm, if you like to shoot indoors then you can get a 30mm. I don't know much about Nikon, but I think SB600 for speedlight is the best one? Any Nikon owners please chime in. You can see reviews thru www.dpreview.com.
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2nd the 85mm.
Nikon user here....
Depending on where you'll be using the lens--if you want to take indoor shots and need a wider angle, I'd recommend the 35mm--you can pick it up for a little over $200 and it's super sharp. If you'll be using it more outdoors, then the 85mm is great. Now, if you want to spend some real money, there are more I'd suggest, but we're talking $1000+, and most don't want to spend that.
As far as speedlights go, I do fine with the SB-600. There are more powerful ones out there (800 and 900)...but for pictures of your kids, etc, the 600 is MORE than adequate.
Hope that helps!
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Thanks so much. Not sure I could talk DH into one 1000+ at the moment. I will definitely look into the 85mm though.
I don't have a Nikon, so I can't give a specific recommendation. but I have an awesome Sigma 30mm f/1.4 that I use for a lot of my portrait work. it's great for indoors (as the 50mm and greater require a lot more space to use inside).
I've heard a LOT of good things about the 85mm, I think that's what I might save up for next.
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Really, the lens you have should give you a great clue. What focal length do you shoot at the most when using your kit lens? Replace that focal length with better glass.
I suggest the 85mm because you mentioned you shoot mostly portrait stuff. I know that there are people who use the 30mm for portrait work, but 30mm truly is not a portrait lens. It's considered a wide angle and better suited for taking photos of large groups, or entire scenes. The 85mm is naturally a more flattering focal length for the face...and it does a better job minimizing background. All wide angle lenses shoot more background which automatically increases the amount of stuff back there to distract the viewer.
That said...if you work on a crop sensor, you may find that the 85mm is much too close for some indoor work. The 50mm should be just about right for most indoor stuff on a crop sensor. If you want to shoot full body indoors, you may need a 30mm.
On a full sensor, the 50mm is the perfect indoor lens.
But again...pay attention to how you use your kit lens and use that as a guide.