Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
03-15-2011, 06:45 PM   #1
Senior Member




Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 288
Do I get DA lenses or more for my money on others?

I wasn't sure how to title this.

I have about $1000, or I will anyway. I want to shoot weddings. I'm not sure which lens or lenses to buy. I think I can get one good one if I buy the DA but thought maybe I could get a good lens from a previous generation that is just as nice but maybe not as new. I am trying to study the lenses but they are confusing.

At the moment I am using a K-x but maybe one day a k-5.

Thanks for any help. Please.

03-15-2011, 07:00 PM   #2
Pentaxian
twitch's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 4,571
Tamron 28-75 f2.8 would be a great wedding lens and is only $480. Use your kit 18-55 when you need wider than 28. You need a decent strobe, so allow ~$250 for that. You then need a backup body, maybe a second hand K-x could be ~$300??
03-15-2011, 07:04 PM   #3
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Southern Indiana
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 14,962
If I were going to spend a thousand dollars on lenses, I think I would get the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and the Pentax DA *50-135. On the other hand, strobes are probably at least as important as the lenses and you need to take a look at what you need from that standpoint.
03-15-2011, 07:09 PM   #4
Senior Member




Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 288
Original Poster
Would the DA 35mm 2.8 be useful?

03-15-2011, 07:16 PM   #5
Pentaxian
twitch's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 4,571
In this context; with $1000 to gear yourself up for weddings, the DA 35 macro would be about the last lens I'd be considering.
03-15-2011, 07:53 PM   #6
Veteran Member
RXrenesis8's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Orlando, FL (USA)
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 523
I love the 35 macro and I have to agree with twitch.
03-15-2011, 07:56 PM   #7
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 5,418
Pentax 55mm f/1.4 or a Sigma 50mm f/1.4.
03-15-2011, 07:56 PM   #8
Veteran Member




Join Date: Feb 2010
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 971
when i first started photography with pentax, i thought i should just save more money and buy more lenses. then i got my hand on my first limited, the DA 40mm, and it was all down hill from there. Now i own the DA 35mm f2.8 Macro and DA 15mm, both lenses are incredible. i sold pretty much all my cheap lenses now.

03-15-2011, 07:59 PM   #9
Senior Member




Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 288
Original Poster
What about the DA * 50 - 135 with the tamron 28-74 2.8. Is that overkill? or a good overlap?
03-15-2011, 08:00 PM   #10
Site Supporter




Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: North
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,779
QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
If I were going to spend a thousand dollars on lenses, I think I would get the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and the Pentax DA *50-135. On the other hand, strobes are probably at least as important as the lenses and you need to take a look at what you need from that standpoint.
+1 to this.

This is certainly the most logical choice for $1000.
Excellent speed and optical performance.
Well at least before illogical LBA strikes.....
03-15-2011, 08:02 PM   #11
Pentaxian
twitch's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 4,571
QuoteOriginally posted by justtakingpics Quote
What about the DA * 50 - 135 with the tamron 28-74 2.8. Is that overkill? or a good overlap?
Assuming you are going to have a second body, then the Tamron 17-50 would be a better match to the 50-135. Mount the tammie on one and the 50-135 on the other and you're set. The Tammie 28-75 might be a better option if you only have one body or aren't going to get the 50-135.
03-15-2011, 08:04 PM   #12
Senior Member




Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 288
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
Assuming you are going to have a second body, then the Tamron 17-50 would be a better match to the 50-135. Mount the tammie on one and the 50-135 on the other and you're set. The Tammie 28-75 might be a better option if you only have one body or aren't going to get the 50-135.

I'm so stupid. The other poster told me I had a good combo. I didn't read carefully and then I still came up with the right lens. Sigh.
03-15-2011, 08:06 PM   #13
Senior Member




Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 288
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
Assuming you are going to have a second body, then the Tamron 17-50 would be a better match to the 50-135. Mount the tammie on one and the 50-135 on the other and you're set. The Tammie 28-75 might be a better option if you only have one body or aren't going to get the 50-135.
Can you explain that a little more. I'm understand what you said but don't understand why you said it. At first I want to do some stuff for free and I don't have a backup. I'm not going to anything to hurt folks memories maybe tag along with some else.

Are you saying put it on the backup because I wouldn't have time to switch out the lenses during a shoot? Some other reason?
03-15-2011, 09:53 PM   #14
hcc
Pentaxian
hcc's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,482
QuoteOriginally posted by justtakingpics Quote
Can you explain that a little more. I'm understand what you said but don't understand why you said it. At first I want to do some stuff for free and I don't have a backup. I'm not going to anything to hurt folks memories maybe tag along with some else.

Are you saying put it on the backup because I wouldn't have time to switch out the lenses during a shoot? Some other reason?
Lens swapping is time consuming and often difficult in crowdy places. Many professional photographers use two camera bodies, with a different lens on each body. When they need a different lens, they use the other camera on which the lens is already mounted. It is simply faster to swap camera than to swap lens...
03-15-2011, 10:07 PM   #15
Pentaxian
twitch's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 4,571
QuoteOriginally posted by justtakingpics Quote
Are you saying put it on the backup because I wouldn't have time to switch out the lenses during a shoot? Some other reason?
Yes that. Plus having a second body means you still have one if the other goes down.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
da, da lenses, k-mount, lens, lenses, pentax lens, slr lens
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
So many lenses so little money! mba1971 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 9 05-18-2010 09:49 PM
Is the new DA* 55 worth the money?? Pioneer Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 09-02-2009 12:49 PM
Spend my money. kewpie-o Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 23 07-02-2009 07:54 AM
Help me spend money charliezap Pentax Compact Cameras 3 04-19-2009 08:38 AM
The Best AF Lenses Money Can Buy Crescent City Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 18 02-18-2009 02:07 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:07 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top