snubbr.com

Nikon D50 lenses
Help! I am a semi-beginner and need some advice..

I am looking for a lens that will allow me to shoot low light (mostly portraits) on auto settings without an additional flash. I've had the Sigma 24-70 and the Nikon 18-200 recommended to me and don't know which way to go or if to go with either of these..

Basically, Christmas is coming and I've got lots of small children I want to photograph without screwing it up!Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated...

Comments (8)

Ksharrers wrote:.

Help! I am a semi-beginner and need some advice.I am looking for a lens that will allow me to shoot low light (mostlyportraits) on auto settings without an additional flash. I've had theSigma 24-70 and the Nikon 18-200 recommended to me and don't knowwhich way to go or if to go with either of these.Basically, Christmas is coming and I've got lots of small children Iwant to photograph without screwing it up!Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated..

The 50mm/1.8 will give you the best low-light performance and is a nice focal length for portraits. But, that's not the route I'd take. Rather, use an 18-whatever zoom lens and an external flash like the SB-600. It'll get you a lot more keepers than trying existing light...

Comment #1

The 18-200 is definately NOT the lens to get for low light..

What you need is something that opens up to f:2.8 or bigger, like f:1.8 or 1.4!.

You can pick up a 50mm f:1.8 for $100.great low light shooter and a good portrait lens!J. D.Colorful Colorado.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

Remember.always keep the box and everything that came in it!..

Comment #2

Thank you!.

I have the SB 600 flash but haven't used it much. Do I need to do anything different with the settings for my purposes?..

Comment #3

Thank you!I was preparing to spend way more $$ on a different lens. Glad I don't have to...

Comment #4

The SB600 works very well with the D50, it has an excellent flash metering system. You have a lot of options. Put it in "A" (aperture priority) mode and select your aperture, or "S" (shutter priority mode), or manual and select your shutter speed and aperture. In all cases, the camera will meter correctly with the flash. I find myself shooting mostly in "A" mode, either I want a soft out-of-focus background or one that is in focus. Try it out, you'll see how grat the flash works.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window..

Comment #5

I have the D50 and the 85 1.8 which does beautiful portraits indoors without flash. However it's considerably more expensive than the 50 1.8. I would definitely get a prime lens for portraits you won't regret it (The 50 or 85)...

Comment #6

Thank you! I appreciate all the help I can get...

Comment #7

I'd suggest 35 f2 or 50 1.850 1.8 is cheapest..

35 f2 allow shooting in closer distant, will show a little bit more background, plus shorter length allow lower shutter speed for handheld..

If you use 35 f2 in low light, set to f2 (if DOF allow), ISO 1600 if you're comfortable with a little noise, 1/30 shutter speed (depend on how shaky your hands are).... turn on the flash and let the camera do the rest..

Ksharrers wrote:.

Help! I am a semi-beginner and need some advice.I am looking for a lens that will allow me to shoot low light (mostlyportraits) on auto settings without an additional flash. I've had theSigma 24-70 and the Nikon 18-200 recommended to me and don't knowwhich way to go or if to go with either of these.Basically, Christmas is coming and I've got lots of small children Iwant to photograph without screwing it up!Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated..

Wilfred..

Comment #8

Click Here to View All...

Sponsored Amazon Deals:

1. Get big savings on Amazon warehouse deals.
2. Save up to 70% on Amazon Products.


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

Categories: Home | Diet & Weight Management | Vitamins & Supplements | Herbs & Cleansing |

Sexual Health | Medifast Support | Nutrisystem Support | Medifast Questions |

Web Hosting | Web Hosts | Website Hosting | Hosting |

Web Hosting | GoDaddy | Digital Cameras | Best WebHosts |

Web Hosting FAQ | Web Hosts FAQ | Hosting FAQ | Hosting Group |

Hosting Questions | Camera Tips | Best Cameras To Buy | Best Cameras This Year |

Camera Q-A | Digital Cameras Q-A | Camera Forum | Nov 2010 - Cameras |

Oct 2010 - Cameras | Oct 2010 - DSLRs | Oct 2010 - Camera Tips | Sep 2010 - Cameras |

Sep 2010 - DSLRS | Sep 2010 - Camera Tips | Aug 2010 - Cameras | Aug 2010 - DSLR Tips |

Aug 2010 - Camera Tips | July 2010 - Cameras | July 2010 - Nikon Cameras | July 2010 - Canon Cameras |

July 2010 - Pentax Cameras | Medifast Recipes | Medifast Recipes Tips | Medifast Recipes Strategies |

Medifast Recipes Experiences | Medifast Recipes Group | Medifast Recipes Forum | Medifast Support Strategies |

Medifast Support Experiences |

 

(C) Copyright 2010 All rights reserved.