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    Default Re: Newbie with some questions

    With superzoom lenses you win some you lose some.

    What you win:
    1) Convenience, don't need to mount/unmount lens.. Most of the time; this can also lead generally to a reduced need to clean your sensor in the long-term
    2) Don't need to carry so many lenses

    What you lose:
    1) Superzoom lenses not as fast, so can have issues shooting in low light where a larger aperture is required
    2) Optical quality
    3) Distortion control
    4) Some superzoom lenses have their focal lengths change at different focusing distances: http://www.cameralabs.com/features/18200_issue/

    I would personally not use a superzoom lens.

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    I see thanks ^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fudgecakes View Post
    I see thanks ^^
    To add to what others have already said about the 18-200, the 18 end has quite a lot of vignetting and barrel distortion (dark corners and straight lines bend outwards a little), but I don't mind it; I just use Lightroom to correct them. However as others have pointed out the low-light performance isn't great. The Nikkor 18-200 (don't know about other brands) is soft at the 200 end. It also has zoom creep, which means that if you extend your lens to a particular focal length, and if you held it at the right (or perhaps wrong) angle, the lens will extend or retract on its own.

    All these are fine with me because I like not having to swap around lenses, especially in dusty places - like on an overhead bridge with traffic below you. If you take pictures of birds though the zoom creep is a pain. So the moral is: find out what your preferences are, and go for lenses that match those preferences. If you buy a lens that requires you to do stuff you don't particularly like, you'll end up not using it (like my 70-300).

    BTW if you are still planning to buy the 18-200, look around here for second hand version 1 lenses. The main difference is that version 2 has a lock at 18mm to prevent zoom creep, but most 18-200s don't creep at 18mm anyway, and version 2 lenses are much more expensive.

    For primes, I use a 50mm for streets, and a 35mm for gatherings. Forget about getting the AF lenses for your D5K, manual focusing is a pain when you need speed, so go only for AF-S. If you have the budget go for the f/1.4 versions. Solid boh-keh!

    I now use a Panasonic GF3 with a 45mm f/1.8 for streets. It's got a nice stealthy feature - you can take pictures by tapping on the screen (so it looks like I'm reviewing a picture instead of taking one), and the 45mm (90mm equiv) means I don't need to get so close to people. Takes some of the stress out of street shooting. The lighter micro 4/3 body is also a joy to carry around for long hours. My entire kit (GF3, 45mm and 14mm pancake) fits into a fanny pack.
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    Ok. For flash sb 600/700/800?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fudgecakes View Post
    Ok. For flash sb 600/700/800?
    too vague a question...
    They are different in terms of price, size, features, power, etc.
    There is no clear winner or loser out of the 3
    Buy the one that fits your criteria most!

    If not sure what your criteria is, decide on a budget and buy the most expensive one that fits your budget
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    K thanks. You're a great help
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    I guess the flash u should got for the best u can afford... if u have the budget, go for a sb-900.. else sb-700... i don't think sb-800 is in the market liao.. sb-700 and sb-900 are still.. unless you're looking at 2nd hand flash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreeM View Post
    I guess the flash u should got for the best u can afford... if u have the budget, go for a sb-900.. else sb-700... i don't think sb-800 is in the market liao.. sb-700 and sb-900 are still.. unless you're looking at 2nd hand flash.
    I use a Yongnuo YN-467! Cheap and good, less than US$100!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbear1973 View Post
    I use a Yongnuo YN-467! Cheap and good, less than US$100!
    is it good? didn't tried third party flash before.

    I brought my sb-700 not long ago. and i must say i love it a lot haha~

    was suppose to purchase a third party flash at first.... but kena psycho to buy nikon sb-700.. all Nikon~ im going to be a Nikon fanboy liao ahah~

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreeM View Post
    is it good? didn't tried third party flash before.

    I brought my sb-700 not long ago. and i must say i love it a lot haha~

    was suppose to purchase a third party flash at first.... but kena psycho to buy nikon sb-700.. all Nikon~ im going to be a Nikon fanboy liao ahah~
    Well it's not bad for basic stuff. It's got autozoom (forgot the range but not big) and TTL control, so it does what I need it to. The GN is a little overstated (I think it's rated as GN35 but is in actual fact something like GN29), so it's no where near as powerful as the SB-700. But for me as long as it can bounce flash I'm happy.. haha.

    It also comes with a built in wide-angle diffuser and bounce card, which is nice for something that costs under $100. I will eventually buy an SB-600 but for now very happy with my YN467.

    For those who decide to get one, try to get it directly from Yongnuo because then it will come with a free diffuser dome. Some of the ebay sellers don't include the dome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fudgecakes View Post
    Ok. For flash sb 600/700/800?
    Get these... http://www.qtm.com/index.php?Itemid=197

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fudgecakes View Post
    Hi all I'm new to this site. To begin I am shooting with a nikon d5000 with 18-55mm dx lens and 55-200mm dx lens.
    I'm trying to get a lens which will combine both tgt I.e nikon/sigma 18-200mm lens but I can't make up my mind on which to get. And i would like to get an external flash but I cant decide whether to have a sb 700 or sb 600.
    Advice anybody??
    this depend on your work flow, preference and demand. If you find that you are changing between the 2 lenses quite a lot during a single shooting session, having the 18-200 probably will be better choice as you might miss some important moment. If not, just stick with what you have and save your money.

    there are a host of things to look at when selecting your flash. The first thing to look at is the guide number.
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    I see. Thanks alot ^^. Perhaps I'll get the sb 700
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    How about Tamron 18-270mm?

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    Uncle Fai, another CSer here, recommended the 18-270 to me, so it can't be a bad lens. Bear in mind though that the super zooms like this and the Nikon 18-200 all have significant vignetting wide open, barrel distortion at the wide end and pin cushion distortion at the zoomed end and are usually relatively slow lenses. But you cant beat them for convenience.
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