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Aug 30, 2010 19:23 |  #1

So yeah, this is another one of those threads, please bear with me.
My current set-up is 40D, 50mm f/1.8, and 28-135mm. I am very happy with the 50mm, great colors, decent bokeh, very fun to use. The 28-135mm is lacking in contrast and color (easily fixed in PP, but 400+ photos gets a bit annoying) is a tad too slow for me, and most importantly, not wide enough. Now I've been looking at the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 non-VC and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 for a while, both of which I really want. The Sigma produces amazing photos that I would love to attempt to do, but the Tamron has 2.8 and goes wide/zoom. And then to throw in a curveball, a few of my friends have recommended a flash and seeing some of the photos on the board with flashes have made me a bit envious.

Since I'm a student I can't even come close to affording these and I have a budget of $200~350. HELP me out POTN!

*The flash I was looking at is the 430EX II.


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Aug 30, 2010 19:40 |  #2

what do you shoot?


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Aug 30, 2010 19:43 |  #3

general photo, friends, backyard, anything that catches my interest.


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Aug 30, 2010 19:59 |  #4

You can get comparable "Yongnuo flash" for around $100. There is lot of information about these flashes on POTN. Yongnuo YN-560 or YN-468 are their latest models I assume. Here is the comparison of YN flashes:
http://www.lightingrum​ours.com …lash-comparison-table-254 (external link)


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Aug 30, 2010 20:00 |  #5

Now that I have the 430 ex II, I can't imaging NOT having an external flash unit. It's a world of difference vs. using the pop-up flash. So I would go for the flash before another lens if it were me.


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Aug 30, 2010 20:19 |  #6

I strongly suggest buying a flash. I had the same setup when I got my 580 EX I and do not regret that decision to get a flash 1 bit.

Adding a flash to your gear opens a whole new door of what you can do.


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Aug 30, 2010 20:29 |  #7

there's a pretty big difference between a $200 budget, and a $350 budget...either way the sigma is too much, and it's not wider than your lens...

i'd think the tamron would do good if you are looking for something wider...and as mentioned above those Yongnuo flashes seem to do pretty well for cheap

i'd probably normally always say flash...but you really don't have anything that wide...would you think about selling the 28-135mm to add to the budget? i'm also surprised you say it lacks contrast


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Aug 30, 2010 20:31 |  #8

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Aug 30, 2010 22:01 |  #9

I've been able to make do with 28mm, but now that I got the 50, that's generally always on the camera. I think I might just go with the flash since that's the most affordable option. I guess now whether I should get 430EX II or I :P


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Aug 30, 2010 22:12 |  #10

I am also a student and faced this dilemma one month ago! I chose the flash because instead of expanding your photography options, it improves what you are doing now and eventually when you do buy those lenses, you will be very happy that you purchased the flash before and not after.




  
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Aug 30, 2010 22:31 |  #11

Flash first and then the Tamron 17-50. It's an excellent lens. Good range for a crop, great color and contrast and very good to excellent sharpness, IMO. I would have bought the 580EX II before the 17-50 but I really needed a zoom lens at the time. The 580EX II will be my next purchase.




  
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Aug 30, 2010 22:33 as a reply to  @ TheArchitect's post |  #12

Usually I'd say flash first, but you need something wider. Trade the 50 f/1.8 for a 18-55.


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Aug 30, 2010 22:36 |  #13

I started with a 430EX flash, and then upgraded to a 580EX. Flash certainly is a good assistant, and the built-in flash has limited power and range. I normally will use the flash on outdoor shots (with a variety of lenses and subjects) as it adds another dimension to the photo. Not overkill, but consistent lighting. Had the flash before most of the lenses, and this approach worked out well. I had a Canon 533G flash (a BIG one) for my old A-1 film camera, and found the power of the flash made for extrordinary shots even in broad daylight. I vote for the flash first over more lenses. No one buys everything all at once (dream on!), but step by step.


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Aug 30, 2010 22:48 as a reply to  @ richardfox's post |  #14

Flash -> Nissin


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Aug 30, 2010 22:51 |  #15

flash or len? What's a len?

Go for the flash. :)


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