What lens to get/use?

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  1. Easy_Target

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    I have a Nikon D50 with stock 18-55 lens. I've been doing a lot of work in low light situations lately and long exposures are not an option. I've no speedlight or other lenses. It's mostly indoor work shooting dance instructors and performers.

    While I would prefer Nikon lenses, budget is an issue since I'm a poor college student. :er:


    What lens(es) would you recommend for me?


    Should I aim for a lens with a larger aperture or one where (I'm not really sure what the term is, but I'll elaborate) the lens has a larger size (larger size filter).

    Should I invest in a speedlight or should I get a lens?
     
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    The filter size isn't going to make a difference about low light performance.

    a 50mm f/1.8 is a great lens. They are under $100 and sharp as a tack.

    As for that or a flash I can't really say from your post. That's something you need to try and figure out.
     
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    Any particular lens brands you would recommend? Or just a 50mm @ 1.8?
     
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    Nikon makes one that is fairly cheap.

    As a general recommendation I would say a lens with a wider maximum aperture (lower f number) would be helpful.

    The 17-70 wouldn't be great if it was f/2.8 across the range.
     
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    What about the nikon 50mm f1.4D? Would that be best or should I go with the 1.8? Is the aperture difference worth the almost $200 price difference?
     

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