Hi all! I'm new to the forums, semi-new to photography, and I was looking for advice you guys could give me.
I've had my D5000, 18-55mm kit lens, and 35 f/1.8G lens for a while now. And I'm graduating college in the next month, have a pretty nice job waiting for me, so I thought I'd might splurge on some new equipment to add to my measly arsenal.
Looking at my gear, I noticed that I had a couple of things missing. First, I'd really like to invest in an off-camera flash unit, ie. SB-600. But looking around, I read rumors that it had been discontinued and there was supposed to be a replacement coming soon. Do you guys happen to know a general time frame as to when this flash is going to be announced/released? Should I wait until then and pay ~$250 for the new flash or just get a used SB-600 from eBay/craigslist for ~$190?
Also, I feel like I need a 55mm+ lens to complete my kit, and I was looking at three lenses: 55-200mm VR, 70-300mm VR, and the 18-200mm VR II. The 55-200mm VR would be the most economical choice as I can probably snag a used/refurb for ~$140. The 70-300mm VR looks really nice, but at ~$400, it seems like a big investment. And lastly, I could sell my 18-55mm kit lens for ~$100 and buy the 18-200mm VR II lens for ~$500, netting me at ~$400. Which option do you guys think is the best bang for your buck? Is the 70-300mm VR really worth $250 more than the 55-200mm VR?
And lastly, I know that having a D5000 kind of limits me to AF-S lenses. And looking around, I noticed that the only portrait sized lenses were dubbed Micro by Nikon, ie. 105mm /f2.8G, 85mm f/3.5G, 60mm f/2.8G. What does the Micro tag entail with these lenses? Would they be fairly decent with taking portraits or are they specifically to be used to macro photography? Do you guys have any recommendations for decently priced AF-S portrait lenses that are fairly fast - I'm definitely spoiled by my 35mm f/1.8G.
Thanks so much!