Originally Posted by ErnieR
First not to waste my money on the cheap gear.... (snip)... I'm talking about cheap flashes and lenses.
Thanks Ernie! I just discovered the limitations of cheap gear. I am still on my first DSLR (a Nikon D50) with both kit lenses, and a brand spanking new 50mm f/1.8 prime. I found the kit lenses extremely limiting. Very difficult to focus sharply, slow, etc. However, the 70-300mm (fully extended with lense hood on) looks mighty mean when out at a sporting event compared to the P&S cameras all over the place. I have been asked numerous times which paper I shoot for just because of that. The paper that I shoot for is the folding kind which goes in my wallet. Hehehehe...
I still need a speedlight, and the budget one is about $400 (Australian, maybe about $300 USD) which is a Nikon SB600. My brother has one and seems to do fine, but apparently it is not full manual. I guess I have to weight that up against a longer, faster lens for some sporting shots, and my wishlist full of studio lighting... Ah, who needs money when you have photographic equipment?