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    28mm as standard lens: What do you think?

    I have a 28mm f2.8D AF lens on my nikon as my all purpose lens.
    I find it is pretty good for most of my photography [I can move in most of the time] and the only occasional problem is the lack of out of focus areas.

    I'm considering buying a 50mm lens, but I don't really have a big budget for photography right now [its either the 50mm or the SB-600]

    What can't I do with the 28 that I can with the 50, and what do you think of my choice currently of 28 as a standard lens. I want to get documentary style shots and I think a 28 is good for that. I just have to remember to include the surroundings.
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    Marko, I find that I use the 28mm and 50mm for most of my photography. The lenses are small and fast and I usually keep one on each of my Nikon FE cameras. For your style of shooting the 50mm may be more practical than the SB-600, but I guess it all depends on why you want the flash.
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    I would like the flash because my Metz is taped to a hotshoe to sync cable adapter, because the bottom broke off. I would also like to utilize the in camera flash metering, and I think the flash is more powerful than my current one.
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    Yeah, but WHY do you want the flash? Is it to replace your existing one, or because you have a specific goal in mind to use it? I got my SB-28 because I thought I needed one, but it wasn't until I was asked to shoot a wedding two years later that I actually found a reason to start testing and using it. That being said, it tends to stay in the bag more often than not because I prefer shooting in natural light conditions.
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    Its mainly to replace my current flash, to gain auto flash exposure and more power from the flash.
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    A fast 50mm f1.4 would be far more useful than a new flash. I like using a 28mm or it's equivalent in MF or LF but not for every shot it's restrictive.

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    Unless you use the flash for commercial shots I have no doubts that a lens brings more value to your photography. I use 28mm and even 24mm most of the time but I have the 50mm handy for that "one time" situation. I bought a second hand SB-28 for my F100 that I used once in the last 3 years. There are cheaper alternatives gthat cover your needs for film cameras then SB-600; we don't discuss digital bodies here
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    I'd suggest a fast 50mm as a nice back up for your 28mm. I use a 35mm and have a 50mm with me "just in case". For your intended style, documentary, i think you've got a great idea using the 28mm. A 50mm (or possibly a fast 85mm) would be a nice back up to allow for tighter portraits if the story demanded something more compelling - IMHO....

    Admittedly, i prefer to use natural light for my street photography so buying a real flash is simply never a consideration - new glass on the other hand is ALWAYS on my mind!

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    Like with most of your questions, the answer is: it depends. Go. Shoot. Don't ask us for permission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    Like with most of your questions, the answer is: it depends. Go. Shoot. Don't ask us for permission.

    "ditto" *L*

    I have shot for 21 years with just a 35mm and a 105mm on my Nikon. Since you like things a bit wider, perhaps you might try a 28mm 85mm combination. Learn to use the flash you have and don't worry about no stinkin' TTL flash control.

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