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    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. ( 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.

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    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.
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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?
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    either the 35 or the 85. Do you plan to ever upgrade to full frame?
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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!
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    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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    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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    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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    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.
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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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