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  1. #1
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    Nikon D90 Lens/Lights help

    Hi, I want to buy my husband camera lens or lights for Father's day, but I know absolutely nothing about cameras. We currently have the D90 with a 18-105 lens. Can anyone give any suggestions? We mostly take pictures of our daughter (in and outdoors). Thanks!!

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    Do you have a budget ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    Do you have a budget ?
    I would prefer not to spend more than $500, but I'm flexible. Thanks!

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    I think you can get a SB700 speedlight (flash) with that budget.


    PS: You can also get an older design SB600 which will save you some money providing you can find a store that still has one in stock. It's discontinued.
    Last edited by tim11; 04-27-2011 at 07:34 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tim11 View Post
    I think you can get a SB700 speedlight (flash) with that budget.
    PS: You can also get an older design SB600 which will save you some money providing you can find a store that still has one in stock. It's discontinued.
    I was actually reading the reviews on the SB700 and it looks pretty good. Do you have any suggestions for lenses as well?

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    A speedlight as well as a lens for $500? Assuming the answer is YES, you might still get an inexpensive (but great) lowlight and portrait lens for that budget. I'm referring to the 50 mm F/1.8 prime.

    There are many types of lens for different purposes. If $500 is for a lens alone then I'd need to have more details on what purpose it's intended to be used for.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    For the $500 for the lens alone - we use it mainly for taking pictures of our daughter and dog. Thanks for all of your suggestions!

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    But you have a 18-105 which should give you good reach. I will have to get back tomorrow...
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    Quote Originally Posted by fujamaga View Post
    For the $500 for the lens alone - we use it mainly for taking pictures of our daughter and dog. Thanks for all of your suggestions!
    What sort of dollars? US? Australian? New Zealand? The Internet is world wide and you should never just assume that everybody knows where you are.

    I assume US so I looked at B+H photo. The new 55-300 Zoom lens runs around $370.00 so it's in your budget and for taking photos of kids playing outdoors or involved in sports would suit most people who were getting into photography in a general way.

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    The 55-300 VR is the one I have in mind if I am to suggest another lens alone. It's handy for wildlife and to some extend sport shots.
    However a speedlight will put your husband's photography on a higher level. And as I said before 18-105 is a great lens which gives you plenty of reach already for your daughter and dog and a 50 mm prime will give your husband a lot of capability to create stunning effects. Think about it - SB 700 and 50 mm F/1.8 and still within budget.
    Last edited by tim11; 04-27-2011 at 08:49 PM.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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