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08-09-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Recommended Lens for Pet Portraits

Hello all and thank you for taking the time to look at my thread. I'm a professional newspaper shoot who does tons of sports with my Pentax gear. However, I'm looking to start doing pet portraits - mainly natural light stuff of dogs beging dogs. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to a good lens for such a thing. Everything I have now, with the exception of a28-75 2.8 is long. Thanks

08-09-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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The DA 10-17mm fisheye zoom will help you get a lot closer.



Pet size and interaction help decide focal length.

This thread has probably every possible lens, because when you get a new lens, the dog is right there:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/mini-challenges-games-photo-stories/14351...y-post-up.html
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DA* 50-135mm for action shots
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10-17 Fisheye is a great lens for pets. But for all around, and inexpensive zoom the 16-45 has been very reliable for me.
Fishy dogs:




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DA 35/2.4, FA 77 and DA*55 work well for me. But I take cat portraits....

FA 77 Ltd



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I get my best pet shots with my 18-55 kit lens actually and most of the 50's I own. I occasionally will go a bit longer to 75mm but I find I don't really need it for pet shots. I like to get up close with my animals and I go down to their level. I get far better shots when I am within scritching and talking range.
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Best shots I've had of my cat, and friends dogs, are with my FA43mm. I'd probably use a DA*55 if I had one, or an 85mm if I had one. Puts a bit of distance between me and the subject. With cats, at least, sometimes curiosity gets the better of them and they move at just the wrong moment

Here's Tom in glorious FA43mm colour


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Depends on the pet, my guinea pigs are happy enough to sit relatively still while eating so my 50mm M does the trick, when they feel a bit more energetic I use a DA 35 2.4.

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For me its in the 50mm, 85mm or 135mm range depending on the pet and the allowable working distances.

Watch the depth of field, stop down a good bit, especially with both dogs and horses, they seem to have real long faces.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gabesgang Quote
Hello all and thank you for taking the time to look at my thread. I'm a professional newspaper shoot who does tons of sports with my Pentax gear. However, I'm looking to start doing pet portraits - mainly natural light stuff of dogs beging dogs. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to a good lens for such a thing. Everything I have now, with the exception of a28-75 2.8 is long. Thanks
I would suggest a (Tamron) 28-75 f2.8. Right focal length, excellent IQ, and you have it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gabesgang Quote
Everything I have now, with the exception of a28-75 2.8 is long.
An old K24/2.8 will complement your longer lenses,
and won't be so expensive that you'll worry when it gets licked:

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It's odd... because I was just pondering this the other day

I came to the conclusion that an 85 1.4 or the FA 77 would be the best cat lens for me

Maybe a DA 70 though...
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Sears 50mm f/1.7, wide open.

She was sitting still, there would of been no way I would of been able to nail this if she was moving.


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I suspect that a 28-75 f2.8 lens would be perfect for pet photography. In any case, unless I'm making imaginative pet shots with the DA 10-17, I rarely use focal lengths under 45mm for pets. My best results for pet photography are with the K 50/1.2 and the DFA 100/2.8 WR. I also sometimes use an F 70-210. Of course, it depends on the size of the animal and whether you're going for head shots or the entire critter.
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