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05-14-2012, 02:41 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by laughlady99 Quote
but I know I need something better than the kit lens.
You absolutely don't need anything better than the kit lens at this point

It's actually a very good little lens (especially the WR version) and if you learn to use it at it's best you'll get exceptional results.

05-14-2012, 05:50 AM   #17
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I'm not saying the kit lens is bad by any means, I think I just need to pick up a few cheaper lenses to play around with and see the differences. I can't wait to get home from work today and read through the articles you guys sent me. I was looking through the data on some different pictures I took, and I am slighly confused by this one.

It says ISO 640, 18mm, f5, 1/15 speed - now I would normally have thought that at that slow of a shutter speed, this photo would have been blurry because of the movement? It actually froze the needle of his tattoo machine and everything else was relatively sharp. I was surprised by that!

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QuoteOriginally posted by rbefly Quote
Some good advice so far, I'll just throw in a couple of recommendations for you;
For a great walk-around (sometimes called "Street Photography") lens, check out the Pentax F 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5.
Another great bargain in cost-to-performance ratio is the Pentax M 50mm f/1.7.
Last, The Pentax FA 100-300mm f/4.7-f/5.8 telephoto zoom.
Indeed. These are among the lenses I recommend most. The F35-70 is the smallest zoom Pentax ever built, is sharp as a bag of primes, and is the most agile, fastest-autofocusing lens I know of. The M50/1.7 is superb for wide-open portraiture and stopped-down detail. The FA100-300 (silver) is THE price-performance leader in longer zooms. These are about the best bargains around, period.
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Thanks! I was *just* looking at the 50mm 1.7 last night I'm doing some more research right now!

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The most cost-effective lenses are the manual focus ones such as the M 50/1.7 or A 50/1.4 - if you don't mind focusing.
Otherwise I can highly recommend the DA 35 f/2.4 lens, which is autofocus, light and very very good quality optically.
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Here is a guy named Dennis Jahn. I was reading the June 2012 edition of Outdoor photographer and spotted one of his full page photos. I was surprised to see he was using a Pentax K200D and a Pentax 18-55 zoom. I looked for more of his work online and found these other awesome shots. It looks like he uses the 18-55 mostly and even the 50-200 on some shots. It's awesome to find somebody that is getting such good results from such "low level" gear. Goes to show that good skills are more important than expensive gear.

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That's very cool! Thanks for sharing!!

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