Equipment advice

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  1. ckboucher

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    right not i have a Nikon D70 with the standard lense it came with and Photoshop Elements 8.
    What would you all suggest my next photography equipment/software be?

    thanks,
    Kim
     
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    subscuck No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    A lot of that depends on what you like to shoot and are planning on shooting in the future. From what you've posted so far, candid/portrait seems to be your thing, so for that I would recommend a fast prime, say a 50mm or 85mm. On a crop body, 85 is tight indoor for candid type shots, but makes a great portrait lens. It really is "all about the glass" no matter what you shoot. Better glass brings out more of your cams capabilities. As far as PPing, PSE is all most people need most of the time. Learn as much as can with that, and if you feel the need, upgrade to CS5. A good flash and tripod should also be somewhere on your list.
     
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    Everybody's gonna want to tell you which lens to get next. BLAHH

    An external flash that you can control off camera will yield you better results, more creativity and give you the ability to capture images that were once only a pipe dream.

    Since you shoot Nikon, my best advice is to find a used SB-800. Barring that, an SB-600. Bang for the buck, the SB-900 is a pariah, but still quite an intelligent flash..

    If memory serves me correct, the D70 has Commander mode and even better, a 1/500s flash sync. With the three flashes mentioned above, you can go off camera right out of the box.

    Just my 2ยข.
     
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    +1 on the flash.
     
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    First off we need to know what type of shooting you want/like to do. A flash is useless if you want to shoot more distant wildlife, although you could get a better beamer, however in that case a nice long zoom would be better advice. Be more specifc if you want better advice. Without knowing anything else I would advise either a 50mm f/1.4 or a 16-50mm f/2.8
     
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    Sorry if you can't see the obvious.


    Sooooo, if he/she's wanting to shoot wildlife from a more distant view point, how is your recommendation any more worthy than suggesting a flash? Let me answer that for you......... NONE, it's just as useless.


    Okay everybody, give us a shoutout for your favorite lens. (told you)
     
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    I shoot people 99% of the time. indoors and outdoors.
     
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    sb-600.
    cactus v4s.
    frappucino.
     
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    Flash and a reflector, then. You can go with the non-descript 5-in-1 type for cheap or you can raise the bar with a Lastolite Tri Grip.

    Work the hell out of your kit lens until it doesn't provide something you need.

    I went with the Cybersync by Paul C. Buff and just a regular coffee with french vanilla creamer to sweeten just a pinch.
     
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    ^ good move! ;)
     

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