What should I get next?

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  1. El Gabito

    El Gabito TPF Noob!

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    I recently purchased a Nikon D50, with the 18-55mm lens. I am looking to purchase the 70-300mm lens, and the sb-600 speedlight.

    What should I get next, or in lieu of the above items?
     
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    A 50mm lens.
     
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    What kind of photography do you enjoy (i.e portraits, nature, etc)?
     
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    Everything. I'd like to get into taking some portraits, but I enjoy nature shots, I also like "sports" shots, motorsports primarily.
     
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    IMO,50mm lens is what you should buy.
     
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    a bigger memory card...regardless of what you have now....'cause you'll always run out of space...

    ....and of course photoshop or similar....otherwise your not taking the real advantage of digital technology
     
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    A good quality tripod. Like a bogen or gitzo. You will definitely need it if you want to shoot sharp shots when shooting at 300mm.
     
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    Stay away from that 70-300. I have talked to a lot of people with one, and none of them are happy with it. Instead, may I suggest the Nikon/Nikkor 75-300 4.5/5.6 AF lens. It's very very well built, and sharp as a tack. They are out of production, but you can pick them up used on eBay. Just make sure the glass is perfect.
     
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    The 70-300 is a film lens, correct? What would it be on a digital? I've been looking around on ebay, and they are going for just over $200, which seems reasonable. Makes me nervous about the glass though.

    Anyone bought used stuff from B&H or Adorama?

    I have a crappy tripod (I think it was made for camcorders), that will work for now. I would like to get a nicer one, but that will have to wait (why are they so expensive anyway).

    After reading more, I think I will probably get a 50mm. Another memory card is in the works as well. I think prices have come down, Sandisk Ultra II 2GB are about $80 now.


    Thanks for the input. Any further suggestions are welcome.
     
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    El Gabito TPF Noob!

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    Appears as though the 70-300 is about 105-450... is that correct?

    Anyone have experience with the 70-210mm D lens? Seems a bit pricier, but supposedly superior in speed and an ideal digital lens.
     
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    The field of view is narrower, giving the same width of shot as a 105-400, but it won't have the same magnification as a 105-400, just less "picture" than a 70-300 on film.

    Rob
     
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    Spend it on a ticket to a new location! And take loads of photos whilst there!
     

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