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Tim Ashton wrote:
As you are budget / $$ constrained the D7000 will work for you. You will lose at most one stop ISO and that beautiful bright DX view finder
Also look at the 85 f/1.8D instead of the 1.4. You can also save money by buying the SB 700 speedlights with only a very small drop off in performance. A Demb diffuser sounds like a must for you (http://www.dembflashproducts.com/diffuser/) and is very cheap
Missing from your suggested lineup is a zoom for wedding coverage and the Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 DX would be my first choice here but Tamron make a 17-50...Show more →
Tim, thank you for the input! D7000 is great camera, currently the best one in Nikon system. It is worth considering before the time of purchasing an FX body which, to be frank, I need only because of large viewfinder and getting rid of 1.5x focal length multiplier. But how hard would be manual focusing? Autofocus doesn't get it for variety of shots, so large, clear and accurate viewfinder is a salvation, especially with S-type matte focusing screen. Also, with my 188 cm stature holding small camera is not comfortable, then x00 line would work better. D300s is extremely cheap now in the second-hand market but it has the same sensor of D90 and D5000, so here would be no improvement over current camera. D400 not released yet, Nikon keeps silence about their DSLRs. Where to go? D700 will drop in price soon but it still will cut more than 1/3 of the budget, so maybe I will listen to your advice and buy D7000.
A question about 85 mm is not that relevant. Of course, 85 mm has closest to human eye perspective view but 105 mm isn't much longer. If there's would be inevitable need in 85 mm then Samyang is simple and cheap solution. And yet there is Nikkor 85 mm f/1.8 D, really. Almost the same price as Samylux.
I have never used flashes before. What's the difference between SB900 and SB700?
As for zooms, don't wan't them at all. Very different approach to workflow and it cuts need for thorough composing, at least for me.
So you have nothing wide except the kit lens, and nothing longer than 105....buy a d400, a used 17-55, and a 70-200, then get speed lights with what's left....
You're right, wide angle lens is missing. I am lusting for Distagons 18 and 21 mm respectively, but they are way off from budget. Truth is that cheap WA solution doesn't exist. If you need good WA, prepare to pay an arm and a leg. Zoom lenses are not for my workflow, even such awesome as Nikkor 14-24. Long lens isn't needed. Old 1986 M42 Pentacon 200 mm f/4 is still remain in the shelf collecting dust. I use long lens very rarely.
Avi B wrote:
nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 (used from b+s here if you can)
nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR-I (used from b+s here if you can)
Then speed lights and umbrellas and so on.
As said before, primes — the way to go.
Any cheap and easy to carry little softboxes in the market?
Overall: thanks for your help, really.