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02-27-2011, 11:19 AM   #1
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My hubby wants to buy for me.......

I have the Kx and the kit lenses....18-55 AL and the DA L 55-300 ED. He would like to buy me a really great lens...nice! But, that said, I have done tons of research and I really have no clue what to get. I'm thinking it should be a zoom...and I know I want at least a 2.8 or something along those lines. So, you have Pentax brand, Sigma, I thought I would post this and see what y'all recommend....this will prob be my last lens for a long time, so I wanna make it a great one! Thanks everyone ahead of time for your input!


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Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 would be a great choice, among others.
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Alternatively the Tamron 28-75 if you see yourself shooting portraits more and super-wide less.

Both great lenses.
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If we know the price range you're looking at, we'll be able to give a little more relevant recommendations.

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Trish - we really need to know what you like to shoot before we can recommend something !

From wide to long :

Pentax 12-24 or Sigma 10-20
Tamron 17-50/2.8 or the new Sigma 17-50/2.8 (in preference over the Pentax 16-50)
Tamron 28-75
Sigma 50-150 (in preference over the Pentax 50-135)
Pentax 60-250/4 (this would be my choice if I could choose only one) !

There are plenty of others (wider, slower, longer) but I'm guessing you don't want something that is so heavy you need a tripod for it and if it's going to be an expensive one since Hubby is paying then better make it a good one !
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Depends on what you want to do (as in what you see in the viewfinder when you press the shutter button ). One lens that would be very nice for a great variety of things would be the Tamron 17-50mm 1:2.8. It enjoys a fine reputation and is a "fast" lens which means the ability to keep snapping away with less light than with the kit 18-55 . Combined with the K-x where ISO 1600 or even 3200 produces respectable results this translates to much expanded indoor shooting opportunities without flash. There have been reports about this particular lens suffering from inaccurate autofocus which the warranty should take care of so buying new from a respectable vendor is what I would do. Tamron warranty is great and it seems they are good about fixing this if/when it happens so this is not too much of a problem especially as this seems to be a common enough problem with other brands as well. For this to apply the lens must have been imported through the official channels; "grey imports" may be a bit cheaper but they are not covered by the regular warranty.
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I def want great glass! I like to photograph both portraits and landscapes....price....perhaps 1200 tops??
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I also may be doing a wedding from time to time....

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Hmm... for $1200 you could get the DA limited trio... Or the DA* 60-250mm... or one of the UWs plus the Tammy 17-50mm... or the... Maybe I'm getting carried away here.
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Have you thought of a few fast primes? My theory has always been, slow zooms, fast primes, but hey, that's just me. I'd look at the PENTAX DA* 55MM F1.4 SDM LENS. You won't get a zoom that fast.
Coupled with the PENTAX SMCP-FA 77MM 1.8 LIMITED , you'd have two lenses That would go under F2. Since most zooms go to F4, you're not gaining much going more than that if you're looking to shoot in low light/ natural light situations. Getting an F 2.8. that's only one stop different from f4. At that point it's just as easy to crank your ISO up one stop. 1.4 on the other hand is 2 stops. That might save you some grief.
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If you want "a really great [Pentax] lens", it must be a prime lens and you cannot get past the FA31 mm f1.8 Ltd. The lens is part of the outstanding FA Ltd prime lens series. A true beauty.

Not cheap but a real stunner:
Pentax-FA 31mm Limited F1.8 Review | Pentax Lenses |

With a score of 9.3, this is the highest ranked lens in the in-depth reviews of this Forum. It was awarded 'Highly recommended' by Welcome to Photozone!
Pentax SMC-FA 31mm f/1.8 AL Limited - Review / Test Report

Since you already have two zoom lenses, you should consider very seriously the prime lens(es), and the FA31mm should be very high on your list.

Hope that the comment will help.
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is that a good portrait lens? how about for functions?
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QuoteOriginally posted by twix23919 Quote
I def want great glass! I like to photograph both portraits and landscapes....price....perhaps 1200 tops??
if you'd like to do both of your suggestions with one lens..then may I suggest a focal length of 17-50

the best for the Pentax in these FL range are

Tamron 17-50
Sigma 17-5-
Pentax 16-50

Id advise you to really give a lot of thought to the desired use of the lens..and go from there....for $1200 you can buy just about any lens that you'd want right up to 300mm FL

the only trade of with fast Glass is expense { you have that covered} and the limited Fl that the lens will allow, of course im talking about zooms here

you could opt for just about get a Fa 77&43 for that sort of price..or a DA70 and DA 15...or something like that FL
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For landscapes ideally you'd use something in the 12-35mm range. Wedding photos would be mostly taken in the 24-75mm range. Portraits (head and sholders) are best taken with something in the 50-130mm range. So as you can see you might have to split your budget across 2 lenses to meet your needs.

$1,200 is a good budget, so many options, hmmm, here's a few

1) Tamron 17-50 + DA 70mm limited - very versatile and best suited if you are going to shot weddings as more than just a guest.
2) DA 21mm limited + DA 70mm limited. Compact.
3) FA 31mm limited. Simply supreme sharpness & the smoothest out of focus rendering money can buy.
4) DA 21 + DA* 50-135 - might have to get the DA21 second hand to keep within budget. Very versatile set, zoom is not small though. I don't recommend buying a 50-135 second hand.
5) FA 43mm + DA 70mm. Superb image quality and leaves room to buy a DA15 eventually.

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+1 for the 31mm 1.8 if it wasn't a thousand bucks!

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