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02-21-2013, 12:37 AM   #1
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lens for a beginer

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I'm buying a camera for my GF for her birthday but I'm not sure what lens to pair it with. I've bought a Pentax k-x.
I'm debating between the standard pentax kit lens (18-55) or perhaps a Sigma 28-70. I'm not sure what range would be more interesting for a beginer?
She is getting a manual fast fifty with everything .

02-21-2013, 12:45 AM   #2
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Because the K-x is a crop format (APS-C) camera, the 18-55 will give you a better field of view, because 28mm is actually closer to standard than wide-angle due to the crop factor.

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02-21-2013, 01:44 AM   #3
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Kit lens is fine and I like mine, but if budget permits, also consider:

Sigma 17-70 (any version).
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Sigma 17-50 2.8 (any version)
Sigma 18-50 2.8 (second hand only available).

If going for the kit lens, get the WR version, even though the Kx isn't weather resistant. The WR is a better option should she upgrade the camera to a weather resistant body in the future.
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Starting out the 18-55mm pentax kit will be good to try out different wide to standard focal lengths to she what she prefers shooting with. And good move with the fast fifty. Will be an excellent companion with the kit and an great learning tool


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For someone new to photography, I think it'd be best to stick with the 18-55mm kit lens for the reasons mentioned above. Also, I'm not sure if I (as a beginner) would be comfortable using a $500+ lens if I have had no experience with camera equipment. She may be too worried about damaging the equipment rather than using it. Although, if she ends up not liking it, you can always just take the lens for yourself...
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I am a firm believer in starting with a kit lens for a beginner, and let them explore what next, after they have exhausted the possibilities with a kit lens. Getting anything else is imposing either your preferences, or what you think they should start with. If they are truly interested in photography, they will be able to figure out what they want/need to suite their style as it develops
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QuoteOriginally posted by dankoBanana Quote
hi

I'm buying a camera for my GF for her birthday but I'm not sure what lens to pair it with. I've bought a Pentax k-x.
I'm debating between the standard pentax kit lens (18-55) or perhaps a Sigma 28-70. I'm not sure what range would be more interesting for a beginer?
She is getting a manual fast fifty with everything .
If finances are a problem, then the DA18-55 II AL or Sigma 17-70/2.8- 4,5 or simply DA 35/2.4 AL
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I managed to find a nice deal on a DA 18-55 II AL and a Pentax A-50mm f1.7 can't wait for it all to come. managed to find everything for 380 $ (K-x and the 2 lenses)

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who Pentax 50/1, 7 (M,A, F, FA), using Pentax A, now happy with Pentax F, I used the kit 18-55 II and proved itself as a quality lense, better than DAL and DA
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