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11-28-2011, 09:33 PM   #1
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Advice on lens choices with k-r

Hi, I am new in Pentax and decided to purchase k-r.
Still could not make a decision on what lens I will go with for the first time.

There is a great deal in Amazon that k-r + 18-55 + 55-300 @ $709 but, since my main use will be portraits and snaps, I am not sure about having 55-300mm for now. (But it is a real bargain price, I know...)

My considerations are:

1. 18-55mm + 55-300mm (kit) + 35/2.4
2. 18-55mm + 35/2.0
3. 18-55mm + 40/2.8
4. 16-45mm + 35/2.4
5. Tamron 17-50mm
6. 17-70mm/f4

Thank you in advance for any advice.

11-28-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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For portraits you should start with a 50mm or 85mm IMO. I'd also go for the 55-300 when you buy the K-r as you can always sell it if you don't like it
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11-28-2011, 10:22 PM   #3
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The 55-300mm is actually good for portraits.
11-28-2011, 10:53 PM   #4
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The 17-70 if you are going to have only one lens for awhile. Used Pentax and Sigmas can be found from time to time in the forum marketplace and you can save some money.

Once you figure out what direction you are going, you can a make more-informed choice of a particular lens for that.

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Option 1 is the best of that bunch, especially if you are new and you want to get a sense of what focal lengths you like to use. You'll quickly find the 18-55 to be too short for a LOOOOOOT of situations, and the 55-300 will probably become the more used lens.

Then after you get a sense of what you want to use, you could always go for the 17-50/28-75 F2.8 to replace the short range for sharpness and low-light, or 70-200 F2.8 to replace the longer range for sharpness and low-light as well. If you want dedicated portrait or landscape or a light walk-around lens, you can then start looking at primes.
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You would be better off buying the kit and using it until you find a situation where the kit don't work well then buy the lens that will do the job.The kit lens work for almost any photo as long the light is good or for short range where the flash can help.The first thing you might consider is a 35 or 50 that is reasonably fast,at least 2.8.
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Start with the #1 3-lens kit. Shoot the sh!t out of it. Note which focal lengths you use the most, which focal lengths you wish were faster, which ranges you tend to ignore. After shooting awhile, decide what you want to do that you can't do with what you have. All this will help you decide whether you want|need fast 'normal' and headshot primes, and/or short or long macro lenses, and/or an ultrawide or fisheye, whatever. Learn your gear, and it will teach you what gear to look for next.

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