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4jka Registered since 04th May 2004
Tue 04-May-04 03:17 PM

Hi, I'm a new user to the forum and a relative beginner in photography as well. I bought an F60 a few years back, and am thinking about expanding my gear. I love shooting candid/action shots of my family, so I was thinking of getting a large aperture lens (I was thinking 50mm f/1.8D) and a good speedlight. Eventually I want to be able to shoot weddings well, and have sort of a photojournalism type style, so something like a 80-200 f/2.8mm lens WAY down the line...)
Anyway, I looked over my instruction manual and found out that when using an external flash, the max aperture setting is only f/4 (at ISO100). Am I 'wasting my money' by getting both large aperture lenses and also good speedlights? I mean, I understand that it would be good to have some large aperture lenses around for depth of field control, but I was imagining shooting outdoors and using fill flash, and being limited by this max aperture thing.

Am I reading the manual wrong? If not, is that just not a limitation that you have noticed in your experience? I would appreciate any advice from you more experienced users!