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05-17-2011, 06:13 AM   #1
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Help me choose the next one !

So I have finally got enough money together to replace my k100d with a k-5.
Coincidentally the family is expecting a baby in August. With that being said I was
going to purchase a 10 - 20mm sigma to go with the k-5 but my head is telling me
to get a lens to use for photographing the baby.

Instead of the 10-20mm what lens should I realistically be spending my $600 on ??

I currently have:

Pentax 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL
Pentax 50-200mm f4-5.6 ED
Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 DG macro
50mm 1:1.4 Pentax-A manual focus prime

05-17-2011, 06:54 AM   #2
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Your 50 should work for that. A Tamron 28-75 f2.8 would give you some flexibility. They show up from time to time in the marketplace.
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A DA 40mm. Fast focus, exceptional image quality.
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cheap external flash, softbox and radio trigger. oh and don't forget about the 28-75 as suggested.

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I think your 50mm is pretty solid for babies. I use an A 50mm 1.7 for shooting my twins. If you look in my stream most of the kid shots are with the 50mm Flickr: Matt Heide's Photostream
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Thank god... i thought you where gonna suggest for me to fork out a few more $$
and get a 77.... I love my 50 but only thing that scares me is there is no auto focus.

We all know how spontaneous kids can be.
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Aurofocus

Kids don't move around too much the first 6 months, so you will be fine with manual focus lens for a while. Likewise, 50mm is a great focal length for a newborn.
Start saving, however. Not only for college, but for a fast auto-focus lens in the 28-35mm range for when your baby is bigger and moving.
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I'd go for the DA 35 Macro or the DA 40... good focal lengths on both, good performers and relatively affordable. Keep the 50 too.

Babies are like cats... they may not seem to move a lot (in the first 6 months) but they move constantly. You focus on an eye and the baby has already turned it's head. It will be nice to have a semi-fast auto-focus option.

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I agree kids move a lot. I managed pretty well with the 50mm for quite a while. I just upgraded to the 43mm limited. Still waiting on it in the mail so no comments on how well it will perform. That being said I went through my pictures and I had lots of good shots with the 50mm. I do like the suggestion of the 35 ltd macro as well.

But just to be clear. It can be more work and you need to have fast hands but you can use a manual focus lens to photograph kids. It was really tricky and you will miss shots but it can be done.

QuoteOriginally posted by deadprez Quote
Thank god... i thought you where gonna suggest for me to fork out a few more $$
and get a 77.... I love my 50 but only thing that scares me is there is no auto focus.

We all know how spontaneous kids can be.
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I'd say, 50 until you can't keep up with the focus any more, then probably DA30 or DA(L)35 if you want spend money getting better slightly wide candid shots or DA70 if you'd rather spend it on a more portrait type of lens; no reason to spring for the FA77 unless you already believe it to be that much better. And Tamron 28-75 is indeed a decent choice too.
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I'll just repeat what everyone's saying in saying that the 50 will likely get you those up close and personal shots that are becoming of new born baby photo's.
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Sounds great, thank you for convincing me to get the 10-20mm that I have always wanted and reaffirming my belief that the 50 is a good enough baby shooter.

Thank you forum ! !
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QuoteOriginally posted by deadprez Quote
Sounds great, thank you for convincing me to get the 10-20mm that I have always wanted and reaffirming my belief that the 50 is a good enough baby shooter.

Thank you forum ! !
That 10-20 is a blast sometimes. Enjoy!
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QuoteOriginally posted by harmonica2 Quote
Kids don't move around too much the first 6 months, so you will be fine with manual focus lens for a while. Likewise, 50mm is a great focal length for a newborn.
Start saving, however. Not only for college, but for a fast auto-focus lens in the 28-35mm range for when your baby is bigger and moving.
What he said.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
I'd say, 50 until you can't keep up with the focus any more, then probably DA30 or DA(L)35
DA 30? I'd like one of those. Where do I find one?
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