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Need Advice...

I'm getting some awesome presents this year for Christmas. Getting a 50 mm f/1.8 from the in-laws, getting Photoshop Elements from my parents, and DH as agreed that I can get another lens for myself!!

Well, now I'm wondering if I should get another lens (looking at a Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4.0-5.6 for 90 bucks new on ebay) or to get a speedlite. I have no zoom (only on my kit lens) BUT, I take most my photos in doors where I could probably really benefit from the speedlite.

Which would you choose? Oh if I could only get both!!

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Speedlight!

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Speedlight hands down. I rarely use my zoom lens--my 50 is almost always on my camera. I use my speedlight a TON!

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Another vote for speedlight!

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Speedlight, I'm dying for one!

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Ok, I'm sold! Now I need to start shopping around.

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It sounds like you've already made up your mind, but I agree with everyone else...go with the speedlight. Since you're already getting the SWEET new 50mm lens to play with and learn. Since I got mine, I use it most of the time, resorting to my zoom lenses only when I am out at family events, and/or want a wider angle shot. Plus, the winter months are approaching, and the combination of a 50mm lens and a speedlight (preferrably one that swivels so you can bounce off the ceiling or walls) will give you endless indoor possibilities!

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CONGRATS on your new toys!!! I think you'll be THRILLED w/ a speed light. Zooms are nice to have, but wait until you can save up for a FAST zoom (that's what I'm doing now)!

Best,
GiGi

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YAY for getting new photography stuff! Can't wait to hear about all you get and see your work with it! Biggrin

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ooh yay!! I asked for a new speedlite from santa!! good choice!

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It came!!!! I wasn't able to play around with it much tonight, though.

BUT, the very first pic I took I could tell an AMAZING difference!! Oh, I'm so glad you gals helped me make that decision, it was the right one.

I knew I couldn't afford a canon speedlite so I did a lot of research. Found that Vivitar/Bower/Digital Concepts made a decent flash with zoom, bounce, and swivel (found some great photography forums in the process). So, I ended up ordering the Bower SFD926C from B&H.

Now, to figure out angles and bounce in this caverness living room of mine. Might have to move to a smaller room for practice.

Thanks again!!