what's next?

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sadieruth's picture
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what's next?

I know this is a tough decision. I am confused on what to get next.
Here's my equipment:
Nikon D90
Nikkor lens kit (RARELY used) 18-105mm, 3.5-5.6
Nikkor 50mm, 1.8 lens
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0

Randall knows that photography is something I am very highly interested in. He is supportive of me one day going into business. I am doing photography on the side and charging enough to cover my gas and a cd, but that's it. It's mainly for friends, but for around here, they are happy with my work. (:eek: I know!)

Sometimes I feel as though my flash is holding me back when it comes to indoors. Would a speedlight fix that? I don't really know. I don't do indoor shoots, I mean when it comes to my kids. I am big on scrapbooking (although I haven't in a while) and I miss those snapshots. I want clean, nice looking snaps. I put my ISO all the way up, but my camera only allows so much.

What's your thoughts? Of course, I would love a new lens as well. Randall is understanding and when he heard that the SB-900 was $500 he was okay with that. I saw the SB-600 for $220 and I think he was almost ready to buy that, but when I told him the SB-900 was one of the best out there, I think he was willing to hold out.

What in the world would you do?

Joined: 03/18/06
Posts: 391

I don't know much about the 900, but I own the 600 and it does a great job. If it were me, I'd go cheaper on the flash (since it does a great job), and pick up a prime lens with the extra money....but that's just me. Smile

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I was kind of hoping someone who chime in who owns the 600! Thanks so much for your advice! I will be thinking about that, b/c it is a great idea! Which prime lens do you suggest?

Joined: 03/18/06
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either the 35 or the 85. Do you plan to ever upgrade to full frame?

sadieruth's picture
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Yes, I honestly do. BUT, money is very, very tight in our household. I doubt it will be within the next two+ years. I hate to say that, but I can't justify it right now. Does that make sense? I drool for a full-frame! I LOVE my D90 though!

Joined: 03/18/06
Posts: 391

Ok...well if you plan to upgrade someday...even way down the road...I'd skip the 35mm (it's a DX lens, so made for crop sensor)...and get the 85 1.8. It works on both crop and full frame, and when you DO make the upgrade...you'll LOVE the length. It's a great portrait lens.

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Joined: 04/11/08
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It really depends if you want to shoot indoors or out. If you want to shoot indoors, then the flash, and outdoors, a lens. or you could get something like Lightroom. I don't use it yet, but I have heard so many great things.

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Joined: 02/15/07
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I say flash no matter what! It's really a great tool and if you're clever enough, you can effectively use the flash to improve outdoor photos as well. I've been known to bounce flash off a tree or some other structure outdoors in a pinch.

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Joined: 11/02/07
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I say flash and then Lightroom and Photoshop. If you're planning on going pro, there really is nothing other than Lightroom and Photoshop. I would get those before a new lens.

Joined: 08/22/06
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I'm with you. I have no desire to upgrade my camera anytime soon, but I would like to see about getting a light of some kind (speedlight, I'm guessing) and perhaps another lens.

I have no desire to have this be a career for me, but rather a creative outlet to make a little extra $$$ in the future.

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Joined: 08/23/07
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ditto newtomom!

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Joined: 03/28/05
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My Dh bought me a speedlite a while ago maybe for Xmas and
I still don't know how to use it for bounce or fill

Amber if your ever in the mood for a speedlite 101 class you know how to reach me..haha :0)

Joined: 05/10/07
Posts: 427

I would go for the flash too...the SB900 Smile I use canon so i don't know how well Nikon flashes are, but I recently bought the 580ex ii for myself for my bday and i love it. I figured why get the lower end one to then wish and hope for the higher end, kwim?

Joined: 10/26/01
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I have the sb600 and I love it (though I don't use it nearly well enough). I don't regret not getting the sb800 (they didn't have the sb900 when I got mine).

I use mine inside and out. and I can even use it to trigger my alien bee lights wirelessly!

Just my $0.02 worth.


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Joined: 06/22/10
Posts: 46

I have an SB-600 also and it's perfect. It's a little less powerful than the 900 (the light doesn't project as far) but for most portrait work it's more than sufficient. I also agree with the 85mm f1.8 suggestion. I just upgraded to the D700 and the 85 is super sweet on it!