Flash or lens

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  1. Opher

    Opher TPF Noob!

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    Hello i have been planing on getting a new lens for quite a bit now. Than i joined this forum and have read that it may be better to get a flash.

    I currently have a canon XS with the 18-55is kit lens. It was my birthday last month and so i have some spending $ not much but i can spend some of my tuition money on it(Shhh dont tell)

    So i am looking at the 55-250IS lens or a Canon 430EX II Flash. If i get the flash what exesrys do you suggest? ie. defuser ext.

    Any comments or suggestions.
     
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    Anesthetize TPF Noob!

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    Hum... what are you planning to use your acquisition for? I really don't see a comparison between a lens and a flash, so your objective would be the key to answer that.
     
  3. Opher

    Opher TPF Noob!

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    At some point i want both but i will let you know what i use my camera most for.

    I am a youth leader at my church as well as the unofficial photographer. I usually shoot in a constantly changing environment with little control. Mostly i photograph the youth at our events.

    I was thinking the flash would help a lot with the action shots but would like the extra reach on the lens for when they are just to far away.

    Hope this was helpful
     
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    If you find yourself indoors even part of the time for your pictures, I highly recommend getting a flash that you can bounce off a ceiling. Also get one of those plastic on-flash diffusers if it doesn't come with one. MAJOR benefit and totally critical for indoor shots of people and such. Get the lense later.

    Personal opinion.
     
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    I am mostly indoors so i will probably end up getting the flash. Do you think it would be a good idea to get a cheap ebay radio trigger for off camera flash. To help reduce harsh shadows outside?
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think it is near mandatory to get that flash OFF the camera for nice shots. :)
     
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  8. Opher

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    thank you all for your responses:thumbup:
     

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