Recommended flash units

For the sake of full disclosure, I am an affiliate of BHPhoto in New York. With over 30 odd years of purchasing equipment  from them, I’ve never had a bad experience with them, that’s why I feel comfortable recommending them.

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Most beginners or 1st time owners of DSLRs have a very slow kit lens, the most common focal length zoom being 18mm to 55mm. Your very next purchase should be a 50 mm lens. Any one of these will do wonders for your photography.

For Canon users who are beginners and just wanting to get their feet wet…

Canon Speedlight 430EX II

For those who have the budget and are more serious…

Canon 580 EX II Speedlight with rechargeable AA batteries

For Nikon users…

Nikon SB900 Speedlite

Radio remotes for off-camera triggering of flash units

Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave system

50mm lens

Canon 50mm f1.8 lens---The best bang for the buck, a fast 50mm lens. Great for low light & portraits.
Canon 50mm f1.4 lens----Not even a full stop faster than the f1.8 lens, this 50mm is better constructed but costs more.
Canon 50mm f1.2L lens---Any time you see a "red line" around a Canon lens, just expect to pay upwards of $1,500. This is one stop faster than the other 2. This lens is heavy because of the glass.
Nikon 50mm f1.8 lens---Great price for a fast lens but auto-focus doesn't work with the following bodies: D40, D60, D3100, D3000, D5000
Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens----The better built of the 50mm lens from Nikon costs more naturally.
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  1. Good evening. My relative Pat Corbin suggested I contact you. I am looking at purchasing my first DSLR or upgraded camera. I have pets and guess I would need something more for actions. I take a lot of indoor shots as well but would like to use it for traveling. I was looking at the new Nikon J1, Pentax k-R. Canon seems to be a good camera. Could you share any thoughts? I am looking around $500-$700. Thanks!

  2. Hello Al,
    So very kind of you to visit and leave a comment and a suggestion on gear. Yes, a 35mm f 1.8 on a Nikon D300 is a good choice for walking around. It’s just the right focal length and not too heavy. If you have questions, you can always ask them here on my blog. I try to provide guidance and answers as best as I can. Cheers.

  3. Two additional suggestions for Nikon: 35 1.8 light, fast sharp and CHEAP and Tamrom 60mm close up inexpensive and very sharp, both for cropped format I use them on D300. Youre site is very valuable if I lived on the coast I would try to study with yo.Again Thanks

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