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10-23-2007, 12:14 AM   #1
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what lense is better

I have my first few weddings this summer and im trying to aquire better gear between now and then. im looking at the tamron 28-75 f2.8 and the DA* 50-135 f2.8. im not sure which one i should get. i like the fact that the 50+135 has more zoom but ive heard the tamron was the best portrait lens to get. so what should i do.

and yes i already have a 50mm f1.4 lens although its manual focus.

10-23-2007, 03:30 AM   #2
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Wouldn't the 50-135 be very long for weddings, at the wide end it's a 75mm equivalent? Unless you plan to be well away from your subjects, I'd think the shorter zoom's range is much better matched to the typical distances at a wedding. Just about perfectly, in fact.
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From what I have read... i think that 50-135 would be the best for weddings because there is less chance of missing a shot because you are on the wrong side of the room.

I don't think that 50 is too long at all. My 50mm 1.7 pretty much lives on my camera and my kids are ALWAYS too close , but I can still snap photos with no problem! Plus at a wedding you don't want to be PART of the action, you want to be a few steps away capturing it.
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I bought the Tamron partly for this use. From the wedding I've done I haven't used anything longer than 105mm. That being said I will add a 50-135 for the second body for this work. It should be a good lens from 50- 100mm. The Tamron is a better indoor lens and is long enough for most situations and gives you a wider FL to get group shots and so on. 50mm is just too long for larger groups unless you have lots of room.

10-23-2007, 10:06 AM   #5
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how loud is the auto focus on the tamron. because that is another aspect that im worried about.
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for _portrait_ photography then clearly the 50-135, this lens covers the normal portrait focal lengths.

but then you mention weddings, now thats something different.

I know a lot of wedding pros will carry 2 bodies, one with a 24-70 or 104 or so. and one with a 70-200. now they will be carrying 5D's so the pentax alternative is two k10ds with DA* 16-50 and 50-135. now the 28-75 is a middle compromise between those two so maybe not a bad option if you are only getting 1 lens. unless your style of photography leans towards either wide angle or tele, in which case you would be happier with one of the DA*s
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The Tamron is about the same as any of my other lenses so that's not a concern. The DA* are virtually silent on a K100D super or K10D. The shutter on any of these is more noticeable than the AF.

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