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    Hi. Currently i only own a nikon D5k with a kit lens.

    My girlfriend's birthday is coming so i decided to rent some equipment.
    Most probably it will be a chalet.

    Any advices?

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    Get a flash (SB-600 /SB-900)... and if you want, a 17-55mm f/2.8.

    I think some folks here will recommend primes, such as the AF-S 35mm f/1.8 or the AF-S 50mm f/1.4G, but I think if you are used to the zoom capability of your kit lens, you may not be used to the primes.

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    i think i will rent a SB600. SB900 will be too complicated for me to handle?
    I was thinking to get a 35mm prime also as it is good for night shots right?
    But would this prime be enough for a group shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glgl96 View Post
    i think i will rent a SB600. SB900 will be too complicated for me to handle?
    I was thinking to get a 35mm prime also as it is good for night shots right?
    But would this prime be enough for a group shot?
    Just rent a flash to use with your kit lens. Don't worry, Nikon's flash system is a breeze to use.

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    would definitely want to rent a lens. because i want to make this into an album for my girlfriend. i will go read up about sb600 and sb900 to find out their difference.

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    read up on the flash. i think sb 600 should suffice right?
    next question is still the lens. 35mm or 50mm? or will i need a zoom lens?

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    it depends on whether u are used to prime lens or zoom lens. choose the one u are familiar with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glgl96 View Post
    read up on the flash. i think sb 600 should suffice right?
    next question is still the lens. 35mm or 50mm? or will i need a zoom lens?
    Get a 50mm (1.4G), longer focal length (factoring the crop) is more flattering for portraits (isolation) indoors.. 2nd a fast wide to mid range zoon in Tammy 17-50 f2.8 or Nikon 17.55 f2.8
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    should i get both? prime for group shots? anyway i still don't know whether will it be indoor or outdoor. it doesn't matter right?


    will 17-55mm be a good choice for candid shots? or 18-200? or 18-105? want to take candid shots before cutting cake and stuffs. most probably this will be at night.

    Anyway, my friends had just thought of making an amazing race to make my gf look for her present. so, a 18-200mm will be better right?

    so now i should get, 18-200mm, 50mm, sb600. ?

    please advice, Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kokfann View Post
    it depends on whether u are used to prime lens or zoom lens. choose the one u are familiar with.
    i'm definately more comfortable with zoom, because i only have my kit lens. but i don't mind using prime. it should be easy right? Just need to find a position where i can fit all and then crop the photo correct?
    do correct me if i'm wrong. but using a 50mm, will i have to stand quite far away to fit everyone into the photo? let's say, 20 people per group taking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glgl96 View Post
    should i get both? prime for group shots? anyway i still don't know whether will it be indoor or outdoor. it doesn't matter right?


    will 17-55mm be a good choice for candid shots? or 18-200? or 18-105? want to take candid shots before cutting cake and stuffs. most probably this will be at night.

    Anyway, my friends had just thought of making an amazing race to make my gf look for her present. so, a 18-200mm will be better right?

    so now i should get, 18-200mm, 50mm, sb600. ?

    please advice, Thanks!
    Actually, I suggest you keep to 1 zoom lens and a flash. Forget the 50mm. Will you have time to keep changing lens back and forth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glgl96 View Post
    i'm definately more comfortable with zoom, because i only have my kit lens. but i don't mind using prime. it should be easy right? Just need to find a position where i can fit all and then crop the photo correct?
    do correct me if i'm wrong. but using a 50mm, will i have to stand quite far away to fit everyone into the photo? let's say, 20 people per group taking.
    u can try shooting 50mm with your kit lens. it is not as easy as you think it is, unless u are used to it.

    btw, for a group of 20 person, i think u will need to stand quite far. for such situation, u need something wider and couple with the flash, it should be good enough for your photo album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Actually, I suggest you keep to 1 zoom lens and a flash. Forget the 50mm. Will you have time to keep changing lens back and forth?
    so, which zoom lens will you recommend, your advice makes sense. i think i will be running around not having time to change lens. 17-55mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kokfann View Post
    u can try shooting 50mm with your kit lens. it is not as easy as you think it is, unless u are used to it.

    btw, for a group of 20 person, i think u will need to stand quite far. for such situation, u need something wider and couple with the flash, it should be good enough for your photo album.
    something wider? do i need a wide angle lens? or can i just stand further back to accomodate all in? which will be better? Sb600 should suffice right?

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    use your kits lens and rent a flash

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    use your kits lens and rent a flash
    Sb600 will be enought right?
    my kit lens tends to hunt at night, a little slow as well. was thinking to rent a faster lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glgl96 View Post
    Sb600 will be enought right?
    my kit lens tends to hunt at night, a little slow as well. was thinking to rent a faster lens.
    it depends on the location that you will be shooting in
    if you dont really shoot fast, i believe it will be enough
    renting a faster lens means you want to shoot wide open?
    beware of the limited DOF

    using an external flash with f5.6 or f8 would be my advice
    just how dark is the location?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    it depends on the location that you will be shooting in
    if you dont really shoot fast, i believe it will be enough
    renting a faster lens means you want to shoot wide open?
    beware of the limited DOF

    using an external flash with f5.6 or f8 would be my advice
    just how dark is the location?
    im not too sure about the location yet. cause it hasnt been booked. but from my experiences of chalet. its always very dark. minimal lightings in the outside.

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    the external flash has a red beam that will help with the focusing
    oh you mean outdoor, yes definitely rent the flash

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    use your kits lens and rent a flash


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