Next purchases?

Neely's Photography 9:08pm, 20 May 2008
I currently have a Nikon D40 with the following lenses:

AF-S Nikkor DX 55-200mm 1:4-5.6G ED
AF-S Nikkor DX 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G II ED

I am wanting to be a studio/portrait photographer when I graduate college, so what do you guys recommend that my next lens purchase should be?

I also want very badly a SB-600 Speedlight.

Anyways, what are your suggestions? :)
Bill Konway 10 years ago
I would think that an SB and maybe a pair of Pocket Wizards would have a much bigger effect on your photography than another lens.
Neely's Photography 10 years ago
Okay! Thank you!!
Black English 10 years ago
I would sell the two lenses and go towards a 85mm 1.8. It's a great portrait lens and not too expensive. If you do go for pocket wizards I would then look for a used SB25, 26, or 28 because a pair of wizards and a SB600 puts you back at least $500!
Neely's Photography 10 years ago
Okay. I'll look into everything! Thanks
pass_lake PRO 10 years ago
I just got an 85mm f/1.4. It is an incredible lens. The contrast and sharpness are great. If you are wanting to get into portraiture, you should really consider this.
Pocket Wizards will not trip an SB-600 without modifying the 600, it does not have a PC port.

Get good, fast glass first..
jatamaniuk 10 years ago
one of the best buys you could possibly get would be a 50mm prime lens. Nikon has 2 to choose from: the 50mm F1.8 D (very inexpensive and sharp as a tack... I have this, I rarely ever take it off my D80), and the 50mm F1.4 D (a half-stop faster than the 1.8). Neither will autofocus on your camera. However, Sigma did just release a 50mm F1.4 that can autofocus on Nikon's D40/D40x/D60 cameras... that may be something you might wish to look into.

As far as flashes go, they are quite essential... though perhaps I'd consider going towards the SB800 rather than the SB600? Just my own personal thought.

Best wishes eh?
Bill Konway 10 years ago
"Pocket Wizards will not trip an SB-600 without modifying the 600, it does not have a PC port."

This is incorrect info. You simply use a different cord to the PW that operates off the 600's hotshoe.
foregoing cactus [deleted] 10 years ago
I agree with jatamaniuk, the 50mm f/1.8 is a great fast lens with superb bokeh and it is very cheap.
bkonway: Thanks for the correction. What/where is it?
Bill Konway Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Bill Konway (moderator) 10 years ago
I got mine at the same time I bought a 600 and another PW. It was about $20. It has 1/8" male that fits into the PW and the other end of the aprox. 8" wire is hard wired into a hotshoe that slides onto the hotshoe/base of the 600. I got it at Roberts Camera in Indy. It is similar to this except that mine has the cord permanently attached.
I'm aware of the hotshoe adapters. My statement is correct., the PW cannot trigger the SB600 without a modification.

The SB800 has the PC connection built into the flash, which is what I meant, although I apparently was not clear in my post above.
Black English 10 years ago
Here is Seattle we use Flashzebra for flash adapters. I also have a SB600 and got mine there.
Bill Konway 10 years ago
I didn't consider a cord a modification, but OK, if you say so. Can a PW actually fire anything without a cord, or modification?
bkonway: you win.
Neely's Photography 10 years ago
thanks everyone!! you helped a lot!!
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