View Full Version : Guys, I need your help on what to buy

09-16-2008, 03:26 PM
I wanted some help with purchasing my next item for my D80 - SB800 flash or the 50mm Nikon lens. Iím also looking for the link that shows all the Nikon lenses from best to worse. Thank you:)

09-16-2008, 03:38 PM
ranking lens' is quite difficult cos they are all good in their respective areas and hard to compare. especially comparing gold ring stuff to consumer lines. what lens' in particular are you looking at ?

RE: your question, i would buy the sb600 and 50mm lens rather than just one sb800.

09-16-2008, 04:18 PM
RE: your question, i would buy the sb600 and 50mm lens rather than just one sb800.

Or even look at the other thread about SB400 vs DB600. A SB400 may be all that is required.

09-16-2008, 04:59 PM
+3 the sb600 is plenty

09-16-2008, 05:09 PM
i see that you guys seem to like the sb600. whats wrong with the sb800? is it to much for my camera?

thanks again

09-16-2008, 05:16 PM
Nothing wrong with the SB800 at all.
If you want to pay the money then it's great and it does have extra features and range over the SB600. It's just that the SB600 will probably do everything you need at a lower price with will allow you to buy that and the 50mm for more or less the same price as a SB800 alone.
Basically if you don't know what additional features the SB800 has over the SB600 then you probably don't need them.

09-16-2008, 07:05 PM
The 50mm f1.8 is great.

If I had a choice between an SB-600 + 50/1.8 or just the SB-800, I'd go with the SB-600 + 50/1.8.

Additionally, try looking on eBay or Craigslist for an SB-800. You may find several people getting rid of them for the SB-900. Perhaps you could swing both the SB-800 and 50/1.8 with the reduced cost.

09-16-2008, 07:54 PM
i see that you guys seem to like the sb600. whats wrong with the sb800? is it to much for my camera?

thanks again

as per kiwis comment, nothing wrong with the 800 at all. its a great flash. but i assumed from your original post that budget is an issue. so if money is tight, go with the lens and a smaller flash as opposed to just a flash.

09-17-2008, 08:14 AM
I appreciate all the help.

09-17-2008, 04:44 PM
Don't listen to these fools. They don't know what they are talking about.


Where do you feel you need to spend the money? Do you feel like your 50mm shots are lacking? Do you feel that you are very limited in the amount of shots you're capable of due to the low light issues that a kit does bring to the table? Whats your budget?

I'm all for every DSLRer owning a cheap 50mm prime, unless you shoot canon, then I'd recommend the 1.4 (experience talking). But, I'm also for every DSLRer owning a shoe mount flash as well. I heard a swell idea about picking up a SB600 + the 50. But, telling you to get one or the other without knowing more about what you shoot, what you are wanting to improve, what you like to shoot the most, its hard to help you decide what you best move is right now. If its one thing I've learned about owning and using DSLRs, its money in your pocket to think way in advance.

09-18-2008, 09:10 AM
I want to photograph my 1yr old nephew and I heard that the 50mm lens was perfect for portraits. I don’t really now much about Nikon flashes but I was recommended the sb800 by cannon professional. lol

09-18-2008, 01:44 PM
One more vote for the combo. I have both the 50mm f/1.8 and the SB-600 in my small kit... I probably use the SB-600 slightly more than the 50mm due to subject matter... But given the choices that you state I would chose the combo over the SB-800. Some people find a fixed lens is tough to use for chasing down a little one, and the 50mm focal length might make a it a little tough for composing a candid head-shot - but that is probably ok, because kids are ALWAYS cuter when they AREN'T running around like crazy. Catch them during the still moments with a prime - can't beat the razor sharp eyeballs, and short DOF of a fast prime.

PS - hey everyone... been gone for a while I guess...:eek: