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D40 and Nikkor 50mm F/1.8 D questions

MarkNYC

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MarkNYC Registered since 02nd Jun 2007
Sat 09-Feb-08 10:30 PM

Hello all,

I am a DSLR newbie who mostly shoots his one year-old fast-moving daughter. I work late, so most of the time I shoot her indoors in poor lighting conditions. Since she is low to the ground SB-400's bounce flash doesn't help much. Diffuser does help, but not too crazy about the look of the shots.

What I do now is I shoot with my basic 18-55mm kit lens at high ISOs (1600) which results in fun, but grainy images. Nik dfine 2.0 (trial version) / APE 6.0 do help, but to a point.

Another idea I had was to get the Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D glass. It's affordable, sharp, lightweight, fast and small.

Here are my questions:

Since this lens won't autofocus with D40, and my daughter is moving fast, wouldn't I have tough time focusing manually quickly with this lens (thus rendering this lens useless for my purposes)?

Would I have to only focus myself or I will have to user fully manual mode in terms of Shutter speed / correct aperture?

What is the green focus-assist light?

What else can I do to improve the quality of those shots?


Thank you in advance!
Mark

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D90, 18-200VR, 50mm 1.8, SB-600

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgur/

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