That's true, I'll consider the SB600 then..cyder wrote: ↑one thing with the SB400 is that it doesn't have a lot of height over the camera, so if you weren't bouncing and have a large lens hood or were going to use zoom or both there will be a significant shadow in the bottom of the picture. Should not be a problem with a prime.
Also the SB 400 doesn't swivel so you can't bounce off the ceiling if you were taking a portrait.
I'm alright with adjustments, I'll put in the time to play around with things. Like I initially mentioned, my budget is $1500, so any combination of whatever would suffice.35mm 1.8, or 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or D90 or SB600 or SB400 all would sit under this.danodealo wrote: ↑Can I just offer some different advice? How good are you with Cameras? I purchased a D40, some lenses, then thinking I needed more options and upgraded sensor I switched to a D90. The D90, at least for me and initially, is much harder to get nice pictures out of the box. There are so many adjustable settings and options that simply 'getting the shot' can be pretty hard to accomplish since picture controls can affect your histogram as well as many small adjustments on the D90. I've actually put my 35m. 1.8 which should also be considered onto the D40 and wish I had saved myself the money from a 1000$ body and invested it all into lenses for my D40. This camera cranks out colour and excellent shots. I also own the SB-600 and love it, the only thing you would be losing is Off-camera flash by putting it on a D40 rather than a D90 but for umbrella shots, etc, this might not matter.
Also, the D40 is a far better camera than the D5000 which IMHO is Junk
Well the problem with me is I hate buying and selling things, I'd rather overbuy something abit, rather than underbuy it and regret my purchase. The D90 might be overkill for what I want it for now, but I'm sure I'll come to adore 3" 920k pixel screen Trust me, I already spend enough on this tyke. He's already got birthday and Christmas presents for the next couple of years The 18-200mm VR or VRII is what I'd eventually get down the line, if the wife allows it, but I have to make my case for the initial camera first before we even delve into that!adfactor wrote: ↑Cyder the SB400 DOES SWIVEL. I've got three of them sitting right here. They work great and its all the flash anyone really ever needs. (unless you really use nikon's creative lighting system).
To the original poster: A D90 is complete overkill for what you're looking to do, so is most of the other items that people are suggesting you pickup in this thread.
D40/D60/D3000 or a D5000 would be fine for what you're doing. You don't need to worry about the lack of compatibility with older lenses because you aren't going to be using any older lenses anyway (This is a wife tales that people who think more lenses + more filters + more money = better shot).
Get yourself any of the camera's above, a SB400 WHICH DOES BOUNCE FLASH and the standard kit VR lens to get started. You'll get some great shots. With the savings over the D90 invest in the Nikon 35mm AF-S 1.8 lens and you'll get incredible pictures indoors. When you get a chance to spend some more cash sell the kit lens and go for the Nikon 18-200mm VR lense. Save the rest of your money and spend it on your kids!
I've got to say that i've only posted a few times in threads related to photography on RFDs but each time I just see crazy suggestions. This is probably the worst place to get advice on photography purchases.
The thing is, I want to try to be smarter than you guys (or atleast tell myself that lol) and not buy and sell and buy and sell things all the time