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SB600 + 35mm 1.8G + D90!!

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You should buy the best you can afford at the moment...you should be able to get the D90 plus an 17-80 2.8 Sigma zoom. You'll have video included better low light capabilities and a more durable body, better meter, better processor...that siad the D40 is okay but if you even have a little doubt D90 over D40...D90 it is :)

ALSO the D90 isn't restricted to lense compatabilities
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If you're interested in shooting with off-camera flash - umbrellas were mentioned - make sure whatever you buy (body and flash) is CLS-capable.

If it were me, and I were on your budget and lived in New Jersey, I'd:
- buy a used or new D90 or D5000, maybe from a dealer like B&H which would offer a return
- buy a used SB600 flash online
- buy a used 35/1.8 for when you want to shoot available light.
- buy a used 18-70 for a great, versatile, and cheap zoom

I'm guessing you could buy the last 3 things for about $450-500 total in the US.
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B0000rt wrote:
Oct 15th, 2009 9:37 am
$400 new or used? The whole kit with the lense is $500 at FS + taxes though.
New, BB had it for $440, but without VR
http://www.redflagdeals.com/forums/bb-n ... -a-796966/

The D3000 may also be a option (D60 with small upgrades) if you're after the lightest/low-end DSLR from Nikon, priced at 500$ though
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If you have a little kid, I'd seriously consider buying a body with video. I don't have such a body (though I do have a GH1) and hence, always end up carrying a P&S or E-P1 with my SLR.
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Jesus, you guys are making this decision harder and harder for me! You're right the 720p video would be a great option!

Frick, D90 hmmmmmmm!

Edit: Seems that you can only record upto 5mins at a time? Well I guess that doesn't matter much, as we wouldn't record more than 2 mins at a time
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...and then there is RAW :D

Tell your boss you need a family allowance increase :idea:

Your battery will run out at 20 mins LOL but it's not a video camera, it's more or less a YouTube or similar featured camera for posting for family and/or friends.
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D90 for $860 at Aden right now seems like a good deal.
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B0000rt wrote:
Oct 15th, 2009 1:52 pm
Jesus, you guys are making this decision harder and harder for me! You're right the 720p video would be a great option!

Frick, D90 hmmmmmmm!

Edit: Seems that you can only record upto 5mins at a time? Well I guess that doesn't matter much, as we wouldn't record more than 2 mins at a time
5min for HD, 20min for SD.

Video is not all that refined, but it works. You do have to focus manually though.
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I was in the same boat a couple of months ago, and honestly, after handling both cameras, I couldn't go back to the D40/D60.

Plus, as people already mentioned, Aden has an awesome deal for the D90. If you get it along with the 18-105 lens it's still only $1140, which is a very good price. However, I'd recommend price matching at either BB/FutureShop or Black's instead of buying from Aden. Black's has a 30 day price guarantee meaning even after the first price match you can still get some money back if you find a lower price within the 30-day period. That's where I got my kit from and I was very happy with it. You also get 25 (I think) free 4x6 prints and a 1 hour training session with one of their store experts. Don't know if that's worth much, but it could be a nice perk.

If you want to get a bit creative with the flash once you get it, D90 lets you fire the SB600+ units remotely without any addons, which is nice. I'm not sure if anybody said it in this thread yet, but D90 has the built-in autofocus motor for those pre AF-S lenses, the top LCD, two dials instead of one, 11 af points instead of 3. To me, these were important functionalities even though I was purchasing my first DSLR.

Best of luck with your search
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Ok final question since the D90 supports both

50mm 1.8D or 35mm 1.8G?

The latter is $70 more, and since I'll be using it more for portrait, the 50mm translates into 70-something-mm vs the 35mm's 50-something-mm on the crop sensor...
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If money permits, the 35mm. With crop magnification it translates into roughly 50mm, which was the 50mm lens' original intent. But they both got very good reviews and I've seen quite a few people sporting both primes.
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B0000rt, I'm saying you should get the D90 as well due to the fact you're using this mainly for kid shots.

Some people say video on an SLR is BS, but when you have kids (I have an 18month old daughter) it's pretty handy being able to switch between stills and video. There nothing like capturing your kid throwing their toys all over the living room via video. A still shot just would capture the moment as well.

The fact that the D90's popup flash can act as a commander for off camera flashes is something you should keep in mind. I've recently started playing around with the Nikon CLS and it's opened up a whole new world of photography. Also, the D90 has a built in motor to auto-focus lenses which don't have a motor. This alone would disqualify the D40 for me (I used to have the D50).

I've got the 50mm 1.8 and if I were to do it over, I'd go for the 35mm 1.8. The 50 is just a bit too long for indoor shots. Also, while primes are great for indoor, they sometimes aren't that great for kid shots since they are constantly in motion. I find I'm usually better off trading in sharpness for zoom so I usually keep the 18-200 on the camera with my SB600.
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D90, 18-55mm VR kit lens, 35mm F1.8, SB600. Would be my initial startup kit. If you can't afford the flash you can get by with the fast wide/normal prime.
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B0000rt wrote:
Oct 17th, 2009 11:54 am
Ok final question since the D90 supports both

50mm 1.8D or 35mm 1.8G?

The latter is $70 more, and since I'll be using it more for portrait, the 50mm translates into 70-something-mm vs the 35mm's 50-something-mm on the crop sensor...
If I only could chose one, it would probably be the 35mm. Its right around "normal" on a DX body. Since you only can choose one, I would go as close to normal as possible.
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Oct 17th, 2009 1:05 pm
D90, 18-55mm VR kit lens, 35mm F1.8, SB600. Would be my initial startup kit. If you can't afford the flash you can get by with the fast wide/normal prime.
B&H, J&R, Adorama and Beach Camera don't have the D90 w/ the 18-55mm VR..

Only with the 18-105mm VR.. Bought the 35mm 1.8G already though, gonna place the order with B&H later tonight for the D90 and SB600, though I might buy the SB600 in store instead of online...
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