Flash or Lens?

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  1. Eyetattoo

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    Right now I cant get both so Im going to have to choose between getting a speedlight or a new lens (somthing like a 55-200mm or 70-300mm) Which would you go with?

    I shoot all types of photos, from family snapshots to low light parties to sporting events to landscapes in Yosemite when I have time to make the drive.
     
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    In that case - flash.

    If you were talking fast glass I'd say a lens...
     
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    +1 :thumbup:

    By the way, I have my 70-300 for sell if you are interested ;)
     
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    flash
     
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    If you think you really need the lens then go with that. Otherwise get the flash! :)
     
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    In your case I would go with the lens. Light can be manipulated in other ways.
     
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    I find that lenses get used a lot more often than flashes. A flash is a nice thing to have, but you already have an onboard flash, so the only time it would make that monumental of a difference would be when bouncing indoors. I absolutely love the look of bounce flash, but you'll get more use out of a lens IMO. You should post a price range so we can give you some advice on what to get. The 55-200 is not a horrible lens in my opinion, but everything I've heard about the 70-300 is that its rubbish.
     
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    Ive read the same recently, so if I go with a lens it will probably be the Nikor 55-200mm AFS VR. Havent really priced them out yet but Im sure it will cost more than the flash.
     
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    nah, the 55-200 AFS VR shouldn't cost more than $200, you can probably get it for $150 new. I got my as a bundle for $100 extra.
     
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    The onboard flash is trash. A hot-shoe flash is better even if you are pinging your subject straight on over the popup. The only time I use my popup is as a commander for my other flashes, which even most times for that I will use my SU800 commander instead.

    You also don't have to bounce it, you can remove it and use your camera as a commander to get directional light. (I assume, not sure what the D3000 does.)
     
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    D3000 doesn't have commander mode.

    Could you swing an SB-400 and 55-200 VR?
     

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