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01-30-2008, 09:25 PM   #1
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Lens Advice?

Hi.
I need help on a lens reccomedation.

I have a K10d, and I will soon be getting a Pentax 360 flash (hopefully).

I shoot indoor sports (Basketball/Volleyball) and the occasional landscape and random snapshot.

I have found that the kit lens does not give me enough light to get the pictures, but my 50mm 1.4 is hard to use when people arent near me.

My budget is about 4-500 dollars. I have been looking at the tamron 24-70 f2.8 and maybe the pentax da* series ( but i have heard mixed reviews)

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01-30-2008, 09:42 PM   #2
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ranamar, you might want to look into the sigma 18-50 2.8 as well:
Amazon.com: Sigma 18-50mm F/2.8 EX DC Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo or the (newer?) macro version:
Amazon.com: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC SLD ELD Aspherical Macro Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo
01-31-2008, 05:43 AM   #3
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look also at the tamron 28-75 F2.8, iut is a full frame lens but is the sharpest lens in its class.

Since it is not as wide as other possible lenses like the sigma 24-60 or sigma 24-70, it does not need such a large filter to be out of the field of view, front filter is only 67mm as opposed to 77 for the 24-60 or 82 for the 24-70. Makes it smaller and lighter.

The same will be true of course for any Dii lens which is not full frame, because the smaller image circle allows for smaller front end.
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The problem, of course, is that long + fast = $$$. For sports, I doubt 70 or 75 is long enough, but that's about the upper limit of affordable fast glass (Sigma 24-70 and Tamron 28-75).

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QuoteOriginally posted by Finn Quote
The problem, of course, is that long + fast = $$$. For sports, I doubt 70 or 75 is long enough, but that's about the upper limit of affordable fast glass (Sigma 24-70 and Tamron 28-75).
I think it is OK, Note that I have found in high school gyms that my 70-200 F2.8 is too long in most cases.

It may take the combination of both ranges, or perhaps something in the 50-135/150 range, to be perfect, but again cost seems proportional to the square (at least) of length at any speed
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Thanks for the replys,

I will look into the Tamron digital lenses.
I have the worst conditions possible
This gym has the least amount of light I have ever seen, but I still need a good DOF and a fast shutter speed. I dont even know if that is possible.
ISO 800 and and f3.5 barley gives me 150 frames/sec.

Should I be looking at a flash aswell?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ranamar Quote
Thanks for the replys,

I will look into the Tamron digital lenses.
I have the worst conditions possible
This gym has the least amount of light I have ever seen, but I still need a good DOF and a fast shutter speed. I dont even know if that is possible.
ISO 800 and and f3.5 barley gives me 150 frames/sec.

Should I be looking at a flash aswell?
I usually use my *istD at 3200, because you need much faster shutter to freeze action and if you want good depth, you also need to stop down.

I went to the toronto rapters game a few weeks back, (ACC is much better lit than a gym) and got some great shots from the stands with my 135 f2.5 at 1600 iso on my K10D typically f5.6 and 1/250

forget flash, you should be shooting sprotes without, it is not fair to the participants
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