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Old 07-12-2008, 20:11   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I have a friend who has just got a job for a Guitar Mag as an Editor. He has just bought my old Nikon D50 as a 'if needed' camera if an official photographer is not available. He has 18-55mm kit lens (I have upgraded to a D90).

The question I have is.... Should he buy a 50mm prime lens, a Macro.... etc.... There seems to be a lot of expertise on here.... would be good to get an experts opinion...

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As an editor of a photography mag does he not have access to their kit or review kit...I would think that would probably be available and in most cases offer better quality glass too?

Why spend when you can review/borrow
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Really sorry...... it is a Guitar Magazine.... not a Photography Mag..... sorry about the mistake!
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I guess it depends on what sort of photography he's likely to have to cover. The 50mm lens is a good low light lens but obviously you need to be fairly close.

There again, it's a lens that many say is 'needed', so I obtained a pretty good one but have never actually used it, much preferring my 105mm to take portraits/low light - unless versatility is needed in which case I use a zoom
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A 50mm prime lens might prove very useful I wouldn't say a macro lens would be particularly useful for a guitar magazine. In addition to a 50mm prime, I'd also suggest getting a general purpose zoom lens, like the Nikkor 18-200mm VR, which would cover any type of shot required, without having to mess about changing lenses. If he only got one lens, I'd suggest the 18-200 VR

Oh, and I'd suggest quietly retiring the 18-55 kit lens as not being terribly suitable for magazine work
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