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  1. D40

    D40 TPF Noob!

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    Well the D40 sold so I have some extra camera money:) I was thinking about getting:

    1. MBd200 grip
    2. Extra Battery
    3. Nikon 50mm f/1.8

    Or

    1. Nikon 50mm f/1.4

    I want to use the 50 as a portrait/light carry around on camera lens when I don't feal like useing something larger. I want a tack sharp and accurate focusing 50mm so any ideas? I also need a mid range zoom but am holding off of that till I can decide which one to get (maybe the 18-70 to go with the 70-200).
     
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    I have the 50mm F1.4 and love it, you can't go wrong there.
     
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    for sharpen images NO zoom lenses...
     
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    digital flower No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I like my 50/1.8. One of the best value/price I have gotten in photography.

    Are you going to change your name now? :lol:
     
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    Or three used speed lights, radio triggers, and other accessories. Lighting is what makes real photographers
     
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    well if you're using it for portraiture i'd say get the f1.8 and the grip, battery and a reflector.
     
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    50mm 1.4
     
  8. D40

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    If I could change my name I would:) Tis funny, a lot of people ask me that!

    Yes, right now I do a lot of event and am getting more and more portrait work. The D200 does eat batteries for sure so that is one reason for the grip, also the extra shutter release button. I have read and read about the 50mm's and here some people say they are very close in performance and others say the 1.4/1.8 is better? I like the idea of haveing a supper small lens and the fact that I will be moveing around and not just zooming in and out. I think it will get me to pay more attention to the frameing and what is going on in the background.
     
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    D40 TPF Noob!

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    Hmm, her is another thing I am thinking, with the 50mm it will put me (camera to subject) closer... see with my 70-200 with I love for portraits I have trouble getting the flash/exposure right due to me being farther away. I love useing the Lightsphere but just have trouble getting the exposure right. I think with a 50mm it will put me closer to the subject at with point I find it easier to get my flash correct. Just a little something I thought of:)
     
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    I have a 50mm f1.4 and love it. You might be able to find a good used one and take the savings and buy the grip and extra battery.
     
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    Is the 1.4 that much better as far as sharpness and usability? I like to make the most of my money and if I opt for the 1.4 tha will eat it up. But if that is the way to go than that is it:)
     
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    If you're wanting to do portraiture: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

    You can use the kit lens and get a much bigger improvement on your photos than with spending that money on a lens.
     

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