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04-22-2011, 12:23 PM   #1
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300mm AF for a KM/K2000

Hey everyone. I dont post here much, but I read often. Hoping you can help me.

I shoot a KM among other things, and Im looking for an AF 300mm lens for it. I dont need latest and greatest as I wont use the lens much (already have an older MF I use). Its for my wife who isnt a photographer in any sense of the word. She can turn it on and press the shutter button, beyond that shes clueless and doesnt care to learn. She likes to shoot indoor school functions like plays, sports, etc., so Im looking for something that wont break the bank and will be good for what she is doing. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

04-22-2011, 12:45 PM   #2
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Is a zoom lens an option? If so, I'd consider the DA 55-300mm. It is perhaps one of the best bang for buck lens available today.
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An AF 300mm that suits indoor shots will cost you a fortune. Are you sure your wife cannot get any closer to the subject?
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The two previous posts summarised nicely the dilemma. For an occasional shooter, the 55-300mm is the best value for money, but it is unlikely to be suitable for indoor sport shooting. For such type of shots, you might need to consider the 300 f2.8 lens that weights more than 1 kg!

I think that you should consider a P&S ultra-zoom for your wife, like the Panasonic FZ35. There still might be some issue with low light indoor sport shots, but the camera is more suitable for a wide range of shooting, smaller, lighter, ....

Hope that the comment will help...

04-23-2011, 06:54 PM   #5
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I appreciate the responses, but theyre pretty much what I expected. This camera is like #4 in a line of 5 that I use, and I dont know much about available lenses for it. Problem is, its a nice little camera that she can use pretty much worry free EXCEPT getting good, zoomed shots indoors. I dont mind boosting the ISO on it to get the pics, I can clean them up later, but since I only use this camera for portraits myself its hard to justify a ton of money on a lens for it, for her only. Thanks again, Duane
04-23-2011, 07:38 PM   #6
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A tamron 70-200 is more suitable for indoors, or a da*200 f2.8 which is much smaller. These are almost $1k though. A da*300 f4 is 300mm but f4 is slow for most indoor activities, even with high iso, there's also the matter of it being well over $1k.
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I would suggest to get ANY used zoom like the 70-300, 55-300. Routine ones. They should be fine for what she would want to do. She will take pics on Auto mode, the flash will pop up and assist if required. They are not heavy, and she wont feel like having to guard it either.
And it wont break the bank
Best wishes,
Sridhar
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