Flash or 50mm F1.7?

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  1. croomaniac

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    hi guys,

    I'm owning a sony a200 with 1870 kitlens.. i wanted so much to take wedding pictures, what do you guys think? I should go for Flash or Prime first? The price would be just the same here (but i can't afford both at the same time).. Thanks!
     
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    Since you have a lens to use for the time being, opt for the flash.
     
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    @Early: yupp rite, thanks! Sony's kitlens is good enough though (but not indoor) ;)
     
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    Be careful. Most dont like flashes going off at weddings. I would say go for prime.
     
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    that's another problem.. I kinda like the looks of natural lights.. but really hate it when it comes to blurry images of moving subject (SSS won't help this) :p guessed i'll have to flip a coin on this! :mrgreen:
     
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    If you can get a flash make sure you can twist and angle the head so you can bounce it off walls for much more desirable results.
     
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    Fast glass over flash. But thats just my opinion, also consider the nice bokeh and shallow DOF that you can get using a f/1.7, I think when you consider that combination I would go for the lens first.
     
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    I think you should get the prime first also, blasting a powerful flash at everyone gets annoying, and I personally try to avoid using flash as often as possible when I'm around a group of people.

    If you do get a flash and you bounce it off the walls, try to avoid bouncing off of colored walls. That could give you an oddly colored tint.
     
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    thanks guys for feedback, as if i'm going to buy the prime, i'll go for 2nd hand minolta 50mm f1.4, and if i go for the flash, i'll go for vivitar (WL only slave) as the price for both is about the same at my place here.. i do think that i'll go for the prime first, then later i'll buy a sony flash (double the cost of the vivitar flash)

    from some other reason, i like to take pictures on burst mode, for this, fast lens is very crucial :D
     

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