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Katie Shryer

What flash to get?

I know this question gets asked all the time, but I need a specific answer so here it goes again. I'm working on getting in to Wedding photography. I've got a Nikon D70, with a 18 - 70mm lens.
1st- what is the best universal lens size that I should be equipped with for these kind of shoots?
2nd- I need a good all around mounted flash- as I'm sure you all know the D70's can be pretty harsh for portraits.
I appreciate any advice.

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1/22/2008 6:00:21 AM

Kevin Moss   Katie,

I'm an instructor with (, and have actually used the D70 to shoot weddings with, great results.

I strongly recommend purchasing the Nikon SB-800 flash. The SB-800 is the most powerful flash (you'll need that power) for the D70, and operation is breeze, as when you mount your flash, the D70 and SB-800 will automatically sync exposure.

I own 4 SB-800 flashes, and the Nikon Creative Lighting System works wireless, so you can creatively control all the flashes from the one mounted on your Nikon D70.

One reminder, carry 2 extra sets of batteries with you at all times, and if you can afford it, get a second SB-800 as a backup, or to use in wireless multi-flash setups.

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1/22/2008 6:20:18 AM

Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Katie, Kevin is 100% correct the SB-800 is a great flash, fast recovery and can throw the light to cover groups of 6-8 easily w/difusser.
No such thing as 1 Universal best wedding lens. But if you're desire is getting into Wedding Photography you're turning Pro and owe it to your clients to show up prepared and with proper equipment. If you do searches you'll find tons of information on what equipment is best. Read this link for some better info.

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1/22/2008 8:27:55 AM

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