Which lens to buy??

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  1. natural.disaster

    natural.disaster TPF Noob!

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    My birthday is comming up in 2 days! Hubby wants to know what i want....Of course i want something to do with photography!

    Im wanting to start doing studio shoots.
    I have the Nikon D5000 with 18-55 & 55-200mm lens...and no external flashes.
    I have backdrops, 2 steady burning umbrella lights, and tripod.

    If you were me...
    Would you invest in another lens? If so which one best for this type of work?
    Or a different type of flash? If so what?
    Or something else for the studio? If so what?

    Ive been concentrating on just figuring out how to use what i have...so i dont really have a lot of knowledge as far as what all the extras are and what they are used for. So any input would be appreciated!
     
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    What's your budget?... I'd recommend a 50mm f1.4G and a SB-600. That should be great for your studio work. The 50mm on the crop sensor is like a 75mm full frame. Great for portraits.
     
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    mrpink No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I love my Nikkor 17-55 2.8. Works well in a lot of situations.

    other than that- a couple sb600s and some triggers would serve you well.





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    Dont really want to spend over $400-$500
     
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    invisible Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.8 D - Review / Test Report

    This amazing lens, however, won't autofocus with your camera. Amazon sells it for $433.

    "The Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.8 D was a very boring lens during the tests simply because it showed a exceptional performance in all tested categories. Besides the lab results the lens shows a beautiful bokeh (out-of-focus blur). If I had to name a weakness it may be flare in contra light but it is a minor issue in the otherwise very harmonic package. So if you´re looking for a portrait lens or a similar application where you would like to isolate an object from its environment this is an ideal lens. Highly recommended!"

    Optical Quality: [​IMG] [​IMG] Mechanical Quality:[​IMG] Price/Performance:[​IMG]
     
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    Sounds like a pretty good buy...
    Ive been searching the internet for about 2 hours now looking at everything from lens, flashes, props, materials, etc.
    I want it all!!!
    :lol:
     

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