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10-28-2011, 12:27 PM   #16
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I have shot several weddings with the two DA* lens (16-50 and 50-135) with really good results and those two lens just about covered everything I needed. I also added the FA 31mm as a backup in case there is a hiccup to the 16-50mm. For group photos... the 50mm is too long for indoor shots.

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Oh, I forgot to mention, that I use both my k-7 and k10D.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bingostew Quote
I 'thought' I was looking for something with a better max aperture... Does 2.8 really get the job done? Her little 20-year-old 50mm lens is a 1.8 but it's all manual and the focus ring has so much travel that it takes ages to focus. Great for portraits but it would never fly at a wedding.

She wants to nail some really good artistic stuff.
For zoom lenses there really isn't anything faster than 2.8 in the market. The best you can do for zooms is 2.8 at the moment.

Everyone is suggesting the DA 50-135 awesome lens but I think you'd might have a problem with a group shot indoors. I'd go with the 16-50 2.8 for versatility and pair it with a solid flash unit. If you are only renting one lens. The longer end of the 50-135 might be only situational and you'd be better off with the wide end of the 16-50. If need be get a DA70mm for those somewhat far away shots.
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The DA* 50-135 is a fantastic portrait lens, but I agree that something wider would be a better choice if one were to stick to one lens throughout the day.

Trying to focus the 50-135 on moving subjects can be very tricky, especially if they move within the minimum focusing distance of the lens (i.e. subjects walking toward the camera, small venue with limited vantage points, etc.), so I wouldn't really recommend using it without prior practice. Remember the official photog should have free reign to move about the venue and get close to the action (within reason of course) so the extra reach of the 50-135 isn't always necessary.

FYI, I typically use a K-5 with the 50-135, and my wife second shoots with a K-7 and 16-50. That way we get two points of view.

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Having 2 cameras annd 2 photogs is the best way around. Before my son was born, my Mrs would fill in as 2nd photog. She'd use K-x + 31ltd and I rotated 10-20+43+77 on my camera.
If she could help me now, she'd still use K-x + 31 and I'd have K-7 + 24+55 or just K-7 + 28-70 and the primes as back up.
I agree that 50-135 as the only lens might be too long but it all depends. On the other side though, 16/17/18-50 is simply not long enough and the distortion at wide end might be extra hassle one doesn't need. That's why I'd recommend 24-70, 28-70 or 28-75 as the main/only lens. Personally, 24-70 would do it for me...
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If she's primary (not a 2nd photographer), the 16-50 is what she'd need. 50-135 won't work for most group shots unless your venue is hugeeeee (most that involve inexpensive photographers have cramped indoor settings for group shots :-)
Even a 24-70 isn't wide enough at some...but then you end up either w/ lots of wide angle distortion or no shot at some venues :-P
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As has been said already, you will not find any Pentax zoom lenses faster than f2.8, there aren't any. The fastest AF prime available from the current range is the DA* 55mm (SDM only, or manual focussing) with a max aperture of f1.4. You should think about renting two lenses, the DA* 16-50mm and the DA* 50-135mm, both of which are f2.8 constant aperture lenses (f2.8 end to end of the zoom range). You may need a flash as well, the Pentax AF540FGZ is the more versatile of the current range of Pentax flashes.

These items are'nt going to be cheap to buy or rent, but you'll need some time before the event to get some practice in, especially if you have'nt much experience using flash.
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50mm prime is really quite useful for the couple and candid shots, but versatility wise it won't beat the 50-135. When use the 50mm prime for portraits it's almost always around f2.8 anyway.

The fact that it's 1.4 would be good for the ring shots and later in the reception when people dont move very much, but that's about it. These situations are the real reason that I still have my 50mm in the bag for weddings.

Rather than lens, light is WAY more important. Think about getting a flash, or even an assistant to carry around a reflector / diffuser, if time permits.

If you want to run only one lens on one body, get Tamron 28-75/2.8. Bring the 18-55 as backup. I wouldn't recommend not having access to sub-50mm for group shots unless you really know what's going to happen and can plan ahead so that 50mm is wide enough.

If you're using a film camera that's another story though :P


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My thought is having good coverage for the event based on where it's taking place at. I've shot my weddings with several combo sets to cover pretty much the full range from ultra-wide angles to tele, including the Pentax 12-24, Sigma 10-20, and Sigma 8-16, DA*16-50, DA*50-135, DA*60-250, Sigma EX 24-70 DG HSM, Sigma 70-200 EX APO DG HSM II, to mention a few. I usually have 2-3 cameras with me, so I can easily leave each lens on its own body or switch lenses on one body.

I currently use the DA*16-50 as my workhorse, plus the Sigma EX 24-70 and the Sigma 70-200 EX to cover the range up to 300mm equivalent.

As she doesn't have anything in her arsenal, I'd suggest either:

1) DA*16-50 and DA*50-135
2) DA*16-50 and DA*60-250



You can rent these for a week for practice, then the few days of the event. Well worth the investment!
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