What should I get next?

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  1. BRIANxJDM

    BRIANxJDM TPF Noob!

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    Next week is my last week of school and my parents are going to give me $500 because of my 3.75 and I want to know what should I get next? Should I get a new lens or a sb600?
     
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    Do you find youself wishing you had a flash alot? Once you get a flash, you will learn to use it and love it. Same with a lens. It depends on your needs and your budget. If your budget is $500, you could get a half decent lens. What do you like to shoot? We need a little more information to make a judgment..and in the end, its a personal choice..

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    how many of these threads are you going to start?

    I will revert back to my original suggestion, get some hands on classes. New gear is not going to improve your photography skills.





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    I havent seen any of the other threads, but I have to disagree. You dont need classes. Toll this board. Thats what Ive done and I think Ive done fairly well without classes. Look at the threads I have started. Classes help, but you really dont need them. Just research research research and shoot as much as you can. The best way to learn is trial and error. Do what you like. New equipment doesnt improve your skills, I will agree with that..but it doesnt hurt :). Just make sure you know exactly what youre talking about before you buy anything. It makes your life so much easier if you dont have that period of regret once you buy something and dont use it for six months.

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    Here's my $.02.

    Once you try to get creative, you're going to be limited more by your slow lens than the light you're working with. You can get an OK flash for cheap. I paid $120 for my SB600.

    Think about getting the AF-S 35mm 1.8 or the AF-S 50mm 1.4. The 35 should cost around $200 and the 50 can be had for under $500 new. They may be consumer lenses, but they're fast. They allow for nice DoF flexibility.
     
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    I'm just trying to get a straight answer, not just people suggesting me to take classes. I like to take car meets and Car photoshoot, but right now I really want a wide angle lens to do photoshoot for cars.
     
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    I think you should get a wide angle lens to do photo shoots for cars.
     
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    this guy is a genius. :hail:
     
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    No one give you a straight answer when you ask such a broad question,
    New lens for what?

    And then, after complaining you're not getting a straight answer you finally say,
    Your online communication skills are not very good (C-).

    At any rate, now that we finally have the information we need to give you a straight answer I say get the lens because just one light won't do a car.

    However since you will have $500 to play with you could get 3 of these:
    Vivitar | 285HV Flash | 233965 | B&H Photo Video

    This kit:
    Impact | Air Cushioned Three Light Stand Kit with Case | LS-3K

    3 of these:
    Interfit | STR117 Umbrella Bracket with Hot Shoe Adapter

    3 of these:
    Impact | 60" Convertible Umbrella | UBBW60 | B&H Photo Video

    and only have to chip in $75 or so plus shipping.
     
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    How can you figure that out so quick? :lol:
     

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