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08-02-2010, 11:06 AM   #1
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HELP a portrait photog choose her next lens!!!

The title pretty much says it all! I'm a portrait photographer who is fairly new to the biz but expanding... I do studio and outdoor shots with occasional weddings.

Most immediately is the want for a new lens!

Here is what I have:
standard 18-55 kit lens
50mm 1.4
DA 55-300mm 5.8
Tamron 90mm 2.8 Macro

I was toying with the idea of buying a new prime... or possibly a fisheye (but that would be more to play with I assume)... but really open to anything that will help me with my growing business as well as my love of the hobby.
My concerns are sharpness, speed, low light capabilities would be nice...

Thanks!

08-02-2010, 11:23 AM   #2
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I don't think the specifics of your question are all that clear.

Your Tamron is fine for portraits, as well as your fast 50.
08-02-2010, 11:28 AM   #3
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You might want to look at the samyang (aka vivitar, bower, pro-optic, et. al.) 85mm F1.4.
08-02-2010, 11:34 AM   #4
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Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 is an awesome portrait lens!

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You don't say what lighting or other studio equipment you have, but given your current lenses, I'd say your next several thousands dollars should go toward strobes, reflectors, stands, backdrops,etc.
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I do have studio equipment, and very happy with my choices there.

Im craving a new lens!
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I'd second the suggestion for the 50-135. Either that or get rid of your kit lens and try out the 16-50 or a third-party fast zoom in a similar length (28-70, 17-70, etc.)

But you did mention you're considering a prime, so why not go for the FA 31?
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QuoteOriginally posted by builttospill Quote
I'd second the suggestion for the 50-135. Either that or get rid of your kit lens and try out the 16-50 or a third-party fast zoom in a similar length (28-70, 17-70, etc.)

But you did mention you're considering a prime, so why not go for the FA 31?
I like your train of thought... I was thinking a good zoom or a prime...

Any other suggestions folks?

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QuoteOriginally posted by builttospill Quote
I'd second the suggestion for the 50-135. Either that or get rid of your kit lens and try out the 16-50 or a third-party fast zoom in a similar length (28-70, 17-70, etc.)

But you did mention you're considering a prime, so why not go for the FA 31?
I agree with this

that is possibly the best zoom/s in that range in the Pentax lineup to meet your requirements.

No need at all to comment on the choice of prime here.

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I'd second the suggestion for the 50-135. Either that or get rid of your kit lens and try out the 16-50 or a third-party fast zoom in a similar length (28-70, 17-70, etc.)

But you did mention you're considering a prime, so why not go for the FA 31?
Only if I could find the 31 second hand..
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Only if I could find the 31 second hand..
Interesting

You seem to be thinking wider and most posters are thinking longer

Are you space limited?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mom2Gage Quote
Only if I could find the 31 second hand..
Really ? FA 31 is not exactly a portrait lens - too short focal length; you'll be too close from your subject and perspective will not be correct too. With current Pentax lineup the choice would turn in favor of the 77 limited for a prime. FA*85 has also excellent reputation but it can be found on second hand only at high prices. May be the coming Sigma 85 f1.4 is also a good choice; there is a thread below that compares the different 85 mm from various brands
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
Interesting

You seem to be thinking wider and most posters are thinking longer

Are you space limited?
Lowell, I'm TOTALLY confused:

Who the heck would use a 31 for portraits, or for that matter, choose a zoom over a prime?
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If you are shooting weddings I would have thought you'd really need some f2.8 zooms and strobes. You could probably cover 90% of you needs with the 16-50 f2.8 and the 50-135 f2.8. The other 10% would be 2 fast primes, such as FA31 and a FA77.

I'd concentrate though on getting those fast zooms first. For portraits the 50-135 is fantastic.
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