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12-23-2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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Best lenses for my children activities?

I am new to Pentax.
I used to shoot Olympus, very nice cameras and lenses, but the small sensor has its limits. So after lot of researches I decided to switch to Pentax.
I just got my K5 loved it, the kit 18-55mm WR lens amazes me in a lot of situations when I shoot landscapes, but sometimes it is just not long and fast enough to capture my 5 year old daughter's wonderful moments.
Any suggestions for a decent lens to cover that purpose? Thank you!

12-23-2011, 03:17 PM   #2
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I like to shoot my children at home and outside, and I tend to use two lenses. At home, I love to use te FA31mm f1.8 because the lens has a superb IQ and is fast. Outdoor, I prefer the DA18-250mm for its flexibility and focal lengh range.

However, sionce yo have already the 18-55mm, you could consider the DA55-300mm for outdoor as a complement of the it lens, and you could consider a fast 50mm (like the FA50mm f1.4) for indoor.

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That is what i have been thinking too, a good prime and a good zoom. Thank you very much! And Merry Christmas to you too!!
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+1 on the 55-300, although i think you'd be better off with something wider for indoors like the DA-L 35mm f/2.4, since 50 feels a tad tight to me for indoorsy shots

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Try renting the lenses from cameralensrentals.com first. You can try different lenses for a reasonable price.
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If you have the money the fa31 and the da50-135/2.8 or the 60-250/4
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenafein Quote
If you have the money the fa31 and the da50-135/2.8 or the 60-250/4
+1 on this suggestion. I use the 60-250 for all such activities and it is superb.
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+1 on this suggestion. I use the 60-250 for all such activities and it is superb.
The 60-250 is too much over my budget for now, I am considering either sigma 70-200 or tamron 70-200, i think they both decent zooms, for prime a 50/1.4 is probably what I will go for.

Thanks guys for your comments.

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QuoteOriginally posted by CTHUSA Quote
The 60-250 is too much over my budget for now, I am considering either sigma 70-200 or tamron 70-200, i think they both decent zooms, for prime a 50/1.4 is probably what I will go for.

Thanks guys for your comments.
Both of those are good choices also. The Tamron is probably the best for the money.
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Welcome aboard!

I have to recommend the DA 55-300 (or even the DAL 55-300 as they are optically identical, the L version comes with plastic mount, no quick shift for manual focus, and no hood but is significantly less expensive) when on a budget. It's rated very high considering its a "kit lens" and for good reason. If budget was less of a concern I'd recommend one of the f2.8 zooms out there. For indoors with lower light either the DA35/2.4 of the FA50/1.4 are excellent choices. I'm finding the 50 great for outside and sports inside but not so great for candids inside with the family as its a bit longish for that and the 35 is more useful. Coupled with your 18-55 the 55-300 and a lower f prime gives you a great kit.
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QuoteOriginally posted by CTHUSA Quote
I am new to Pentax.
I used to shoot Olympus, very nice cameras and lenses, but the small sensor has its limits. So after lot of researches I decided to switch to Pentax.
I just got my K5 loved it, the kit 18-55mm WR lens amazes me in a lot of situations when I shoot landscapes, but sometimes it is just not long and fast enough to capture my 5 year old daughter's wonderful moments.
Any suggestions for a decent lens to cover that purpose? Thank you!
Welcome. You may want to consider the Da 18-135. It is a nice lens particularly for your children at least outdoors. I have two little ones myself. Although it seems great to pick a longer zoom like the 60-250 or the 55-300, the issue becomes the wide end of the lens. It never fails with children. You put on a short zoom and they are running away. You switch to a longer zoom and they are 3 feet away. Perhaps your children only run parallel to the sensor plane. Mine just know intuitively which lens I have mounted and take 'appropriate' evasive actions. I have always found that any zoom (which is most) that starts or ends around 50 mm equals many lost shots. Of course, YMMV. Also I would add that the idea of chasing a child with a 60-250 is crazy heavy (and expensive). The 18-250 is also a good cheaper alternative. But, I love the speed of the AF of the 18-135 mm really nice for a 5 yo. It is not a fast lens re: aperture but you have a great camera with high ISO capabilities. You could get a DA 35 mm/2.4. I love fast lenses as much as the next person but with active small children the shallow depth of field equals missed shots. Just a few thoughts from a dad who has tried/failed with the18-55, 55-300, 50-200 combos (Can*n 70-200, 18-55).
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I personally use a combination of DA 15mm, FA 31mm, DA 40mm, FA77mm for all around shooting with the family (indoors and out, depending on the need). If I'm at a recital or some performance I usually use my Pentax K 135mm f2.5. And then for sports I use my 55-300mm.

Since you're after speed and longer focal length, I'd suggest the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8, or either the DA 70mm f2.4 or FA 77mm f1.8.
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@Wasser: I like the Tamron too. Fast and great range. Sometimes I wanted wider and a little longer though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by CTHUSA Quote
The 60-250 is too much over my budget for now, I am considering either sigma 70-200 or tamron 70-200, i think they both decent zooms, for prime a 50/1.4 is probably what I will go for.
I have a zillion lenses, put together into various sub-kits and mini-kits. One kit I *don't * use is my 18-55 plus 60-300 (or 70-210) pairing, because I shoot a lot between 35-70, and I detest swapping lenses around 55mm. So my basic lens is the DA18-250, with the FA50/1.4 for action|dimness. That superzoom and its Tamron twin are just the most flexible lenses around. But are no longer in production, though widely available used.

Of new lenses, I'll recommend the DA18-135 as being the most useful range -- except for sports. That's where the DA55-300 would excel, with one of the 70-200s as a backup option. Or maybe not! When my grandkids reach action-sports age, I'll probably whip out my trusty FA100-300 (silver). This can likely be found for around US$100. IMHO it's the best deal in AF long tele zooms.

So, my formal recommendations:

* FA50/1.4 for low light and fairly close action
* DA18-135 for most fairly close activities
* FA100-300/4.7-5.8 for daylight sports
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