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View Poll Results: Wath lens shod i get?
pentax DA 35 f2.4 425.00%
Tamron AF SP 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF 1275.00%
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC MACRO   00%
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12-17-2010, 02:35 PM   #1
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Help me decide pls

Hello!

I will try in the next year to shot some weddings. I did 2 for free last year.
I want a new lens thet has better - contrast
- faster AF
- sharpness
- colour

Right now I have the kit lens only to cover the 17-55 space (is the only AF lens I have excluded the MF lenses).

It must be as cheap as it can gets (i dont have a lot of maney)

Please tell me wat lens wod you pick from:

- pentax DA 35mm f2.4 (fast AF, terrible sharb, good contrast and colors and especialy cheap)
- tamron AF SP 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF
- sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC MACRO

thx!

12-17-2010, 04:01 PM   #2
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Get the prime- you'll have the best IQ for the least money.

However, for portraits, you really should have something in the 70-90mm range, such as the bower 85mm f1.4 which is also cheap: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/614839-REG/Bower_SLY85P_85mm_f_1_4_Manual_Focus.html

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12-17-2010, 04:16 PM   #3
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You will want the flexibility of the zoom for a wedding. I voted for the tamron because it has produced my favorite pictures of the two zooms you posted.
12-17-2010, 04:34 PM   #4
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If you only have one camera then zoom might be better option IMO. I did one wedding for my friend with prime setup but I had on camera with 43 + 77 and my wife (my muse and 2nd photog in one) had 2nd body with 31. It's doable if you know your lenses and your stuff. But with one body only I think zoom might be better and if I may suggest look at Tamron 28-75/2.8 or Sigma 24-70/2.8 older non HSM version or even 24-60/2.8. You won't need wider than 24 too often IMO and the flexibility up to 70ish range with f2.8 will come very handy IMO.

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12-17-2010, 05:11 PM   #5
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Yeah, you almost have to have a zoom for wedding work. I had the Tamron 17-50 in F-mount long ago, and it's a reeeeally nice piece of glass for the money.
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If I had just one lens to choose for weddings, it would be the Tamron 28-75. There are times when 50mm is not long enough, far more often than the times when you'll need the wide angle range. Later on, you may find the Tamron 10-24 a good addition to the 28-75 to cover the extra wide range particularly for venue shots. But from your list, it's the Tamron 17-50.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Tamron 28-75
I actually think this focal length would be much more useful. I also saw some tests that showed that this particular zoom was brighter than the 17-50 at equivalent apertures.
12-17-2010, 06:14 PM   #8
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I would also suggest the Tamron 28-75, it is an excellent lens. You can always keep the kit lens in case there is a specific shot you need below 28mm.

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To give you an idea of what you may need I just put this together using my very first lense (for sale !) a Sigma 18-125.

I was a bit off on the focal lengths - I tried to get 75, 50, 35, 28, 24, 18 but you get the idea.
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Why does it need to be AF?

There are a lot of people who shoot weddings here with MF lenses.

There are a lot of quality MF lenses out there, at much better prices.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
Why does it need to be AF?

There are a lot of people who shoot weddings here with MF lenses.

There are a lot of quality MF lenses out there, at much better prices.
Well, I think people are generally suggesting AF lenses to the OP because one of his requirements was "faster AF".
12-18-2010, 02:48 PM   #13
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i have tryed MF lenses at 1 wedding. Is realy difficult to lock focus right on spot.
In my contry wedding go on realy fast. Evrything is in movement and is in low light environements (church).
So i need the fastest focusing lens to will be a big step forward from my kit lens.

How is tamron 28-75 as focusing speed and sound of focus?
How is tamron 17-50 as focusing speed?

Thx!
12-18-2010, 04:33 PM   #14
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Good old tamron zoom will do everything it is needed to do.
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Both Tamrons sound the same and have similar AF speeds. Can't go wrong with either, really. All depends on your preferred focal range.
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