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12-07-2007, 09:54 AM   #1
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How to find Lenses

Hello all. I've been crawling around these forums for a bit now and finally decided to make a post

I've got a K10D and an iST DL. I want lenses. I've got buddies with Canon's and Nikon's and they have some pretty stellar lenses. Wide filter diameters and fast aperture settings. I'm still new to this thing but, I really would like to find a lens somewhere in the 2-2.8 range that I can use for weddings. Sheepishly, I'm admitting that I've been checkin' out the EOS 40D because of lens offering but, thought I'd try you experts first.

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Pentax DA* 16-50mm and 50-135mm, both f/2.8, would make a nice wedding combo. Also, the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 if that range works for you. Anything faster than f/2.8 and you're looking at primes.
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You want a zoom or a prime?
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Zoom is better...gives me more flexibility.

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If you don't mind primes

QuoteOriginally posted by CowboyPookie Quote
Zoom is better...gives me more flexibility.
Check out the Sigma 24mm 1.8, Pentax 31mm 1.8 ltd. The 31 is a bit pricey, but most everyone who has one says it's worth it. I own the Sigma 24mm and am very happy with it. The one thing that Pentax is NOT known for however is long fast glass. If you want a long reach in low light, you will have to wait till the 60-250 comes out.

NaCl(and there is a whole bunch of older lenses that work perfectly well)H2O
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Thank you all so much...looks like I've got some recon work ahead of me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
...you will have to wait till the 60-250 comes out.
I thought that was only going to be f/4? How I wish it would be f/2.8, just didn't think so.

edit: (I didn't realize I submitted this post already... I wasn't 'done')

A Cowboy lives in MD? Could be the theme for a movie.

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QuoteOriginally posted by m8o Quote
I thought that was only going to be f/4? How I wish it would be f/2.8, just didn't think so.
I think it is f/4.

TS: You need to be more specific about your needs and budget if you want a recommendation.

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When I shoot a wedding I'm carrying (probably a few too many lenses) a Tamron 28-75mm f2.8, an FA50mm f1.4, 77mm Limited f1.9, Sigma 12-24mm and an FA 135mm f2.8 which I just sold and will be replaced with the DA 50-135mm f2.8. I also carry an F SMC f70-210 4-5.6. The 70-210 will be replaced with something faster when I can find the right lens as it's sharp (IMO better than the DA 50-200mm) but a little slow.

generally the Tamron is on one body and the FA135mm is on the other. The 50mm and 77mm are the other most used lenses as they are so fast and a decent portrait length. The other lenses are used mostly for candid shots or atmosphere shots like the inside of a church or hall with the wide angle.

It's a bit of overkill but not tough to have in the bag when needed and I always like to be prepared. I wouldn't shoot a wedding with one body, ever. If you have a problem with one, then you need a backup. Plus it's easier to have 2 different lenses at the ready all the time.
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BTW. I hate to say this but I'm not comfortable with the DA*16-50mm. I bought one to slim down the kit above and it was a bad copy as many others have commented on. I think I'd go with the Sigma 18-50mm f2.8. Those that have it report it's a very good lens and will cost less.
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DA* 16-50/2.8 works for me

QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
BTW. I hate to say this but I'm not comfortable with the DA*16-50mm. I bought one to slim down the kit above and it was a bad copy as many others have commented on. I think I'd go with the Sigma 18-50mm f2.8. Those that have it report it's a very good lens and will cost less.
I am happy with the DA* 16-50 that came in late last week, so far. It does have CA in strong backlit high contrast situations, but I can post process that out. AF hunts at 16mm, but that is common to the focal length - you can check out those other manufacturers' forums and find the same complaints.

I just did a presentation snap for the local weekly, and the shot turned out just fine. Available dark in a butcher shop front counter area, four people. I can even read the pen writing on the cheque. (Carol is the lady on your left)

AF, AE, AWB. No hunting. 1/45 @ f/2.8, ISO 400. Even in the RAW image, I see no flaws that were not my fault. I was surprised at the dof that showed up. Other than the resizing, the image is untouched. Lighting was window on the left, fluorescent above.
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Albert, I'm hearing lots of good things about the lens, don't get me wrong, but there are still too many bad ones being delivered for a lens at this cost.

If you like, have a look at my version that I just returned:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/128117-post16.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
Albert, I'm hearing lots of good things about the lens, don't get me wrong, but there are still too many bad ones being delivered for a lens at this cost.

If you like, have a look at my version that I just returned:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/128117-post16.html
Hi, Peter. I am not saying there were no bum copies out there. What I think was that by the time I found one for sale, the bad ones were already out of the system.
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Albert. There still are bad ones for sale as I got mine a week ago too and frankly if this was a $199 lens I could understand it. But at $1000 +/-. not good in my books.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
Albert. There still are bad ones for sale as I got mine a week ago too and frankly if this was a $199 lens I could understand it. But at $1000 +/-. not good in my books.
Wow. That back focus is really, really, really bad. I am so sorry for you. I hope that your supplier can get you one that is as good as mine seems.
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