Apologies for starting yet another 'what should I buy' thread - I've read as much as I can but just ended up getting more confused! My wife wants to buy me a new camera toy for my birthday but I'm undecided what to get. Budget is around £200.
We are due to have our first baby in December, so obviously being able to get some good maternity/newborn shots is a bit of a priority at the moment. For this reason I was thinking about getting a flash - probably something like the 430EX II (which I can get for around £200).
However, we are currently living in a fairly rural part of Peru and as we get to know people I would love to be able to start getting some photos of daily life here. Many of the houses are pretty dark (often with no electricity etc.) so again some way of getting sharp low light photos would be good. Obviously I could use a flash for this but many people here are pretty wary of photos and cameras, and so I wonder if a DSLR with a flash unit on top might be a bit too intimidating, especially for more candid-style shots. For this reason I was also thinking about the 50mm 1.8 (£90). I know there's better quality (and faster) lenses out there, but as far as I can tell this is the only one within budget at the moment.
Another option would be to get a cheaper flash (maybe a Yongnuo or a Metz) AND the lens.
Any advice on what to do would be very much appreciated. Is it worth going for a cheaper flash and the lens or would money be better invested by buying one and then waiting a couple of years for the other. If I do go for a cheaper flash, any recommendations as what to buy?
Sorry that the question had become a bit convoluted, but hope it makes sense.
Thanks in advance for any help.