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Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor

2137NCP_180
Review Date: Jan 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, f1.8, bokeh, sharpness
Cons:
none, you get more than what you pay for

This lens is a no-brainer: it should be in every Nikon owner's bag. I use it a lot and it's my favourite lens in stills since you can control the depth of focus really well with this lens. Images are really sharp from f/2.5-2.8 and above. I like the bokeh, but that's a personal issue. The build quality is what you pay for (it's not a tank, but plain plastic fantastic).

For a sample picture @ f/2.2, you can watch <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhjv/337927412/>here</a>.

Highly recommended.


 
Nikon SB-600 AF Speedlight

sb600
Review Date: Jan 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Quality, iTTL and most important: remote mode wireless flash. Nice Quality/Price ratio.
Cons:
Guide number 30 (@ iso100) not as strong as SB-800; lacks stroboscope flash that SB-800 has

This IS a great flash unit. I was doubting to go for the SB-800 or the SB-600; the price determined the decision to go for the SB-600.
The only extra's you get with the SB-800 are:
- higher guide number (38 @ iso 100)
- standard diffusion dome and color filter (also sold separately)
- possibility to do stroboscope flash or multiple flash (creative effects)
- SB-800 can be a wireless commander.
But you pay almost double the amount of money for the SB-800 (EUR 380). Don't go for another brand flash, because you'll miss all the fun of wireless flashing.

Since I own a Nikon D70s, the camera itself can serve as a commander for wireless flashing with the SB-600. And this is just great! I use wireless flashing all the time in my stills, so the light source can come from the side and above, rather than from the front and above. Since Canon lacks this wireless system it also played a role to go for Nikon in the choice for a photography brand.

I have used the SB-600 for almost a year now; battery use is OK; it takes 4 AA size batteries and you can get a fair amount of flashes out of them (200 +, depending on the strength of the flash).
Setting up the flash mode is easy and mostly done on the D70s. If the flash is in wireless mode it will work at least within a range of 10+ meters.

You can view one of my photos which illustrates the possibilities of wireless flashing <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhjv/273350791/>here</a>