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03-31-2012, 09:08 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by A8YANG Quote
She performs Ballet on the stage. The distance is sometimes farand sometimes is closer, it all depends on the seat they assigned to me. Yes I want to use it for other purpose like traveling.My point is, I already got a Prime 55mm lens. Does it make sense to get a lens 50-135?or prime 200 is a good mix with my other existing lenses? Thanks
Most photogs have a lens collection with overlapping focal lengths, it's all about acquiring the best tools you can for the job... I don't see the problem with having both a 55mm lens and a 50-135.

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Are you sure you're a Pentax user?
Only a Canikon user would make such a glaring oversight.
There is absolutely no Tokina 50-135mm in Pentax mount in Shanghai or any other place on this planet.
Tokina never made such a lens for Pentax... ever.
And to add on, for some reason...there is no tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for pentax mount. Sad really.
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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
There is absolutely no Tokina 50-135mm in Pentax mount in Shanghai or any other place on this planet.
Tokina never made such a lens for Pentax... ever.
Well, there's a rather different Tokina version. My old M42 Sears-Tokina 55-135/3.5 was just US$8 shipped. The DA*50-135/2.8 costs 100x as much, so the Sears-Tokina is a fair deal. MF, but it works for me. I'll suggest that such a manual lens would be just fine for stage work, especially using CIF (catch-in-focus).
03-31-2012, 11:04 PM   #19
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Trying to keep dancers in frame is a challenge so you'll stay pretty active with zoom. Trying to zoom and manually focus would be really tough.

If you can trade seats so you are closer, something like a Tamron 28-75 will work well, especially for rehearsals. The Tamron 28-75 is a great all around lens, very good for portraits and near macro, very versatile. If you can attend dress rehearsals, they are gold, you can get close and move around, no audience to distract. When I can get on stage, I use my 12-24 a lot. So it all sort of depends.

I have four lenses, a 12-24, 28-75, 50-135 and 100-300. Rehearsals, I use 12-24 and 28-75. Performance, 50-135 and 100. The 50-135 is also a great portrait lens and optically, the best of the four.

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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
Are you sure you're a Pentax user?
Only a Canikon user would make such a glaring oversight.
There is absolutely no Tokina 50-135mm in Pentax mount in Shanghai or any other place on this planet.
Tokina never made such a lens for Pentax... ever.
Wow ! what an arogant prat you are
Im quite new to pentax actualy, I will pray for your
foregiveness at my glaring oversite.
I simply quoted a peice I saw on the internet, but its likely he was refering to the pentax variant.
I had not looked at Tokina lens for my K5 but I did assume they would make lenses for Pentax, especialy considering there connection. And yeah, I use nikon too.
I also corrected my oversite in my next post
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I shot my daughters performances for years, dance, stage, plays etc. I used a 70-200/2.8 and only once in a very small auditorium, did I find that 70mm was too long. I had to sit in the lt row at that performance.

Consider the image size on sensor, and the simple formula

Image size = subject size x focal length / distance
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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
Are you sure you're a Pentax user?
Only a Canikon user would make such a glaring oversight.
There is absolutely no Tokina 50-135mm in Pentax mount in Shanghai or any other place on this planet.
Tokina never made such a lens for Pentax... ever.
However, they did make a 60-120mm f2.8 MF lens that I just picked up a copy of. I would love to have a chance to photograph something like the ballet to test this lens out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by littledrawe Quote
However, they did make a 60-120mm f2.8 MF lens that I just picked up a copy of. I would love to have a chance to photograph something like the ballet to test this lens out.
I used to have one of those on a Minolta X700
Loved it

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Hi Brooke Meyer: Thanks for sharing your photo. These are exactly what I want to shoot. How do you use your Zoom 12-24 lens because I found it very difficult to set the correct exposure for this lens, mainly due the lens is not fast enough (only f4) for indoor shooting and my K10D built-in flash light is not working well with this lens due to wide angle lens. Do you use a external flash light for these photos? How do you set the correct exposure for these indoor photos.

I already ordered the telephoto zoom 50-135mm lens. It cost me USD $849.99 from Amozon.com.

Thank you very much for all your suggestions.
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Also, if you shoot indoor without the flash light, I guess you need a slower shutter speed and a tripod, but how do I shoot a photo of someone who is actively dancing without blurry effect.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
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QuoteOriginally posted by A8YANG Quote
Also, if you shoot indoor without the flash light, I guess you need a slower shutter speed and a tripod, but how do I shoot a photo of someone who is actively dancing without blurry effect.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
You can't slow your shutter speed without flash if you don't want to blur the shot ! You need to keep your SS up anyway you can, by opening up the lens and/or by increasing your ISO.
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QuoteOriginally posted by A8YANG Quote
Also, if you shoot indoor without the flash light, I guess you need a slower shutter speed and a tripod, but how do I shoot a photo of someone who is actively dancing without blurry effect.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
Flash is not allowed and is dangerous for the dancers. I use K-5s in manual mode. 95 % of the time, my settings are f4, 1/320 sec shutter and ISO 3200. Sometimes I got to ISO 6400 and 1/250. I upgraded from K20's for the high ISO capability. All my work is handheld except the 100-300 Sigma mounted loosely on my tripod ball head.

You can use your 50-135 at 2.8 and ISO 1600 with a K10 or K20. Try 1/250 or 1/320 shutter speed
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I shoot a fair number of events. for the type of event you are talking i think the50-135 is a no brainer, almost perfect. I shoot with 2 bodies at most events 1 with a 24-70 2.8 and the other with either a 14 or a 100 2.8depending on the venue, but I am in a photo pit for those. If I have to be back I would want the flexibility of the 50-135 (particularlyif I'm tied to one body since i don't like to change lenses if i can avoid it during the performance because that is when i always seem to miss a great shot
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I thought about the same problem lately. The 50-135/2.8 should work fine if you can get close enough. Otherwise you can try a FA 80-200/2.8 to get more reach at the long end. The 200 prime only works if you really need as much reach as possible,
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