I'm in dire need of help from all the gurus , brothers, sisters and friends of clubsnap.
I consider myself a newbie, humbly learning all the time from trial and error . No formal learning from anywhere, not from books but from trial and error.
i've been shooting for years now, from minolta maxxim 3xi and then my trusted fuji s5500 then my s1pro and now my d50.
I've shot a "friend"'s wedding, actually im serving NS and he's a DXO , and we're quite close so i did shoot as a "backup" photographer. I've shot my cousin's engagement . I've shot my unit's cohesion day as well as NE trip .
Now, i've been tasked to shoot my unit's COC parade and 2008 NDP. Very very very very heavy responsibility.
im not so confident with myself, comparing my friend's work , who did it last year before he ORD, i found my shots are not as nice as his.
Im actually thinknig of upgrading, using a d50 with 18-55 kit lens, tokina atxpro 28-70 f2.8, a nikon 50mm f1.8, a tamron 28-200 and an old tokina 100-300mm f6.3to cant remember what, a sunpak pz40x nonttl version, and an sb-24 also no ttl.
an issue i have with the d50 is that shots at iso800 are a pain. noise is visible . the d50 is a nice and wonderful camera but chaning aperture is a pain, having to press button and move knob. I found the d70/70s a better one, having different knobs, one for shutter another for aperture.
Currently im looking for a new body. ive considered a d70s but im not sure how the noise level is compared to the d50.
either i get a new body, 2nd hand d70s, a flash or new lens.
Ive found at times i need a wide angle lens, at times some zoom with good low light. pumping to iso 800 is a pain. ive gotten used to the sb-24 with manual controls, but at times, im not taht confident, and miss my shots as under-exposed or over-exposed.
please help me out, im lost on what to do. i've a very limited budget . my last NS pay before i ORD and i intend to use it for good use while i still have some cash. $500 max...