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Old 12-20-2006, 11:45 AM
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I know it's not a photography forum but you guys know a lot more than me. I bought a Nikon D80 with 18-70 lens and am very happy. Two simple questions:

1. Low light (ie indoor at night) is poor. I have been told it is the limitations of the built-in flash and one of those flashes you put on top is the answer. Is this true and if so what kind to get?

2. Will a polarizing filter help the brilliance of sunny outdoor photos and pics on the boat? If so what kind do I get?

Many thanks from a very amateur SLR man.
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:52 AM
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Looked down at new info from a previous post--thanks to all
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:11 PM
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You will need to get the dedicated flash from Nikon for the D 80, any manufacturers polarizing filter will be just fine. Try B&H Photo on line for the flash. Around $180
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:51 PM
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johnob - 12/21/2006 8:11 PM

You will need to get the dedicated flash from Nikon for the D 80, any manufacturers polarizing filter will be just fine. Try B&H Photo on line for the flash. Around $180

There is no such thing as a dedicated flash just for the D80. Just make sure you get a decent digital TTL flash unit, such as the SB600 or SB80 or even the SB800. Just keep it Nikon! With your needs and usage with respect to scalability, get the SB-600! Don't skimp on the flash, trust me on this one. With the benefits of remotes, true D-TTL capability, tilt head, bounce, model mode, diffusers etc, it will eventually (when you learn and practice) made a world of difference in your results.

As far as the polarization filter, there are many different types and range in price and quality can be significant. Standard practice is to always put at least a cheap basic UV filter on all of your lenses immediately for basic scuff & drop protection. (direct front element lens protection) - Make sure you opt for a good circular polarization filter (Hoya Digital Pro 1 Circular Polarization filter is a good choice) --- probably don't need one for all of your lenses or your focal lengths, prefer using it on ones I might have greater chance of using more often (multi-purpose landscape mid-tele zoom, something like 18-70mm lens)

Hope this helps, let me know what you need. Good luck!
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