New Flash or a Tripod?

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  1. Aw3033

    Aw3033 TPF Noob!

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    Since I dont have much money to spend, i have to pick one of the two. Which should i get first, new flash, or a tripod?
     
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    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    Depends on what you shoot really...

    What do you find yourself missing more?

    I asked the same question when I started and I now have a tripod that I rarely use and I'm looking for a flash, I made the wrong choice. :lol:
     
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    if youre shooting portraits and stuff, probably flash

    else tripod, how much money you have to spend?
     
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    sinjans TPF Noob!

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    Get both used. You wont be happy until you have both. Unless you will only shoot landscapes. or only shoot portraits.
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Aye like the others we have to have an understanding of what sort of budget you have to spend as well as the typical subjects/situtaions you shoot/shoot in. In addition some idea of where you feel your current setup is letting you down when you shoot as well as the current gear you have to use.
     
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    If your camera has an on camera flash, get the tripod first... Your on camera flash should be able to get you buy until you can save some coin for a new one.
     
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    iolair No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    "On camera flash"? *Shudders*... OK, it has it's uses - such as fill-in on a sunny day, or photographing objects - but for people it's normally worse than using no flash.

    As others have suggested, your choice should depend on your budget and what you like to shoot ... I work with second-hand flashes that cost me almost nothing, and wireless flash triggers - doing something similar would leave you money for a tripod.
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Unless you use it correctly :D
     
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    I dont want to spend more than 150...the SB400 is 115-135 depending on where i order it from. Im a beginner so i took pictures around the house for now (to busy to go out and take shots) and posted pictures and everyone was telling me i needed a better flash, thats why i brought this up.

    as for what im probably going to shoot more, i would say id be more interested in shooting landscape, anything outdoors.
     
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    if you are more interested in landscape, or non-moving objects...get a tripod, and learn exposure...
     
  11. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'll be the voice of reason......

    Put the $150 in a side account and continue to add to it. When the time comes that it's not a strain, then buy what you need.

    :biggrin:
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    ...because frankly, the SB-400 doesn't have a lot going for it beyond what the built-in flash can do. I would get a Vivitar 285HV ($90, new) and a $22 eBay radio trigger set. You won't have TTL (through the lens) with the 285HV but you can use it off the camera. Strobist
     

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