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12-14-2010, 07:12 AM   #1
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Good Portrait Lens...need help in decision

I bought the K-x with the 2 lens kit.....18-50mm and the 55-300mm....I would like to buy a good portrait lens. It can be a Pentax, Sigma, Tamaron, or even another brand that comes recommended. I would like to get a faster lens....perhaps a 1.8 or maybe 2.8 depending on cost. I'm also thinking a zoom.....I found something in the 24mm to 70mm range. I just don't know anything about all those numbers they have on these lenses.....or even what they mean. Any help would be appreciated. Money is an issue.....I would like to keep the cost under $1000...if not, I could wait till I had the money if the suggestions are over that grand and it would be worth the wait. Thanks ahead of time to everyone! Hope y'all are enjoying the season!

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da 70mm limited. i guess.
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Hmm do you need portability? or versatility?
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I guess both on the portability vs versatility, but I'm guessing versatility would be more important.

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If you really want to take advantage of DOF then a zoom will not be the right choice, it's just not fast enough. On 35mm the classic portrait lens would be an 85-105 mm less than f2 and in the best cases f1.4 f1.2. the DOF of these speeds are not obtainable on APSC sensors (you'd need a 0.95 55mm to emulate an 85 at these speeds - not an available item. The voigtlander 58 f1.4 is and would be a stellar choice if you don't mind manual focus
at the longer end I think the FA77 is a better portrait choice than the DA70 from what I've observed
Also if you want reasonable though a little short the a 50 1.2 an 1.4 are excellent lenses at much lower costs than any of the above
I've used my Sigma 24-70 f2.8 in a pinch, but it really doesn't give the DOF and "bokeh" of a really nice prime
It does however add a nice flexible lens to your arsenal for a reasonable cost
If I had the cash I would likely replace it with the FA series across the board with the DA21 for the wider end (21,31,43,77) as it sits i work on my Manual Focus skills and spend far less money
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You mentioned a zoom and as a newbie (no offence intended) this may be a better option than a prime at this stage. A few people here have the Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 DG EX which looks like a superb lense and gets much love ! Tamron also have a 28-75 F2.8 which may be an option. These would all come in a long way under your budget.
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In regards to manual focus, would having the auto option be better when photographing fast moving children in an outdoor setting? what's the brand of the FA77? is that a Pentax?
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QuoteOriginally posted by twix23919 Quote
In regards to manual focus, would having the auto option be better when photographing fast moving children in an outdoor setting? what's the brand of the FA77? is that a Pentax?
The FA77 Ltd is THE Pentax lense !

You pretty much MUST have AF for fast moving children

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no offense taken! I'm old school and have been away from photography for a LONG time....getting back into it....love the dslr...but trying to be smart with my money. lots to learn! I want to make a smart choice on the portrait lens without breaking the bank, but also hopefully not needing many more lenses down the road.
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oh...I asked cuz of you talking about manual focus lenses.....grin! I'll go check on that one....thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
You mentioned a zoom and as a newbie (no offence intended) this may be a better option than a prime at this stage. A few people here have the Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 DG EX which looks like a superb lense and gets much love ! Tamron also have a 28-75 F2.8 which may be an option. These would all come in a long way under your budget.
IF you are going the Zoom route as I said the Sigma is a great general purpose lens, and until I obtained a lot of manual primes it was my main lens
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QuoteOriginally posted by twix23919 Quote
no offense taken! I'm old school and have been away from photography for a LONG time....getting back into it....love the dslr...but trying to be smart with my money. lots to learn! I want to make a smart choice on the portrait lens without breaking the bank, but also hopefully not needing many more lenses down the road.
For your money you may be able to get the Sigma 24-70 and another Pentax classic, the 43 Ltd - a fantastic AF lense.
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I checked out that FA77 lens.....on sale, it is staying under the grand.....could be a could option....I really didn't wanna lose the DOF.
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When you talk about a portrait lense in what situations are you envisaging using it ?

The 77 could be too long in some circumstances and the 43 is an excellent lense for say parties, family gatherings etc.
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take a look at a 70mm limited. it's like 550USD brand-new. see reviews SMC Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited Lens Reviews - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database
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