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  1. BoxPhotographer

    BoxPhotographer TPF Noob!

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    I own a Nikon D80, Sb-600, 18-200 Nikkor lens, Stroboframe camera flip. I am shooting portrait, lots of stuff in the dark (dancing, assemblies etc.), mostly indoors. Which do I need first? A better flash or a new lens?
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    both? :)
    You camera is fine, sure technology has changed since and b/n d90 and d300s (your SD cards) you can get about 1-2 extra stop, nonetheless the camera is fine. Your lens is a bit soft thus see if you can boost up the sharpness, it'll do the trick. Your flash - I use my sb600 for anything I'd need w/i 15-20feet of my livingroom. I'll also use it as a backlight, with umbrella for portraits and anything that I need to accent. My on-camera light is Sb800 (totally in love with it).
    Which First - since you can't find relatively cheap sb800 now adays, you're left with sb900 (darn $500 piece of equipment with mixed reviews). Out of 6ppl who I know personally, one of them is a hobbiest and likes his sb900, other 5 are wedding photographers and hate the units thus stick with sb800.
    So you're b/n a rock and a hardplace - $500 on a flash or $2000 on 70-200 2.8 nikon glass (great for portraits, various social functions, dancing IF you're in the audience). Perhaps if you can be a bit specific what you're looking for - which lens, which flash, etc, I can be more helpful :)
    good luck
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    If you don't know what you need, you don't need it :lol:
     
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    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Fast glass is nice to have. Especially if you're doing dances and things like that generally flash isn't permitted indoors so I nice 2.8 zoom or 1.8 prime would be good to have for those low light situations. So i would say glass now lighting later. GL!
    tj
     
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    IMO, you have a horrible lens for doing portraits. It has the worst distortion of any Nikon lens made today.
    Plus, it's a variable aperture zoom that has a very limited maximum aperture (f/3.5 to f/5.6) for indoor shooting.

    I'd get a better lens/lenses first. One with a constant aperture that can open to at least f/2.8. You can sell the 18-200 to help fund getting glass better suited to the genre of photography you are doing.
     
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    Which portrait lens do you guys recommend?
     
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    Wolverinepwnes TPF Noob!

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    a new lens, save up for a fast f/2.8 lens!
     
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    that or pick up a nice prime... I don't know a lot about nikon, but I believe the 85 1.4 is pretty amazing.
     
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    As said, get yourself a new lens thats better for portraits and your other needs. After you get yourself a lens you can look at a new "up to date" body later on.

    I agree with nate, get yourself a nice prime and another lens. And sell that 18-200.
     
  10. astrostu

    astrostu I shoot for the stars

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    Glass.
     
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    What is your budget, since no one has asked yet...
     
  12. KmH

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    Well, the 18-200 will be easy to sell, so say the budget is about $700 to start. That puts the OP in line for something like a used AF 24-85mm f/2.8-4D (it has a 1:2 macro capability from 35 mm to 85mm too). An AF-S 35 mm f/1.8G ($200) and an AF 50 mm f/1.8D ($125) together are only $325 new.
     

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