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11-09-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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Tamron 17-50 for indoor photography


After selling my Pentax K-x and 16-45mm, 55-300mm and 35mm lens thinking I'd get more use out of a smaller Sony Nex5n, I'm back to Pentax and wishing I'd never sold my lenses...but I digress. My main reason for selling the Sony Nex was shooting my children ages 2 and 5 indoors was borderline impossible with the focus ( with my skill set anyway ) having said that I've purchased a Pentax K-50 with the 18-55 WR lens. I'm looking for one go to lens and I'm seriously considering the Tamron 17-50mm giving everything I've questions.

1) Will this lens be a considerable upgrade for indoor non flash shots, my kids specifically. ( this and landscape are my most common uses )
2) Will a relative amateur be able to detect the potential focus issues and more importantly correct in camera, I can take a decent picture but I'm not the most technical photographer at this stage.

Thanks in advance for the help.

11-09-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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The Tamron 17- 50 mm f/2.8 is a very good lens. It does have better IQ than the Pentax 16-45 as long as you get a copy that does not have quality control issues. The problem is you mentioned more than one child. If you use a large aperture (F2.8) and no flash, one child would be in focus and the second child would not be (if they are not standing right next to each other). Your best bet would probably be to use the on board flash and shoot between F4- F5.6 and raise the iso in order to have a much better chance of getting everyone in focus. The Tamron is small enough to use the on board flash without getting a flash shadow towards the bottom of your picture.
11-09-2013, 02:19 PM   #3
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I'd probably pickup a f1.4 prime personally
11-09-2013, 02:29 PM   #4
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I have tamron 17-50 and fa50 f1.4, i use both lenses for taking pics of my 3yr son. Both are good for that but more wide than 50mm is needed for many shots. Zoom is good with kids, they do move fast and walls can be too near with 50mm to backup enough. If only want oe lens buy tammy. Tammy is also my most used lens for landscapes, its my most used lens now. Recomended

11-09-2013, 03:21 PM   #5
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The new sigma 18-35 f/1.8 seems to be an ideal lens for indoor photography of fast moving kids, if you can afford the cost and the heavy weight/large size.
11-09-2013, 03:32 PM   #6
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You might also consider the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4. Its supposed to be a really good lens. On the wide end - its f/2.8 and 'only' f/4 on the zoom.
11-09-2013, 04:12 PM   #7
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Recommended. I use my tamron 17-50 as my go-to lens with my 16month old son. Tough but I've gotten some decent shoots. More error on my part than the camera/lens. I used my m-50 1.4 (sold now) and a-50 1.2 also but the MF is very tough with his movement.
11-09-2013, 07:22 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help everyone, I just purchased the lens.

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If it makes any difference, I use my 17-50 in extreme low-light conditions with no flash for concerts. We're talking baseline ISO6400 at f2.8 and pushed to 9,000+ in PP. Since it's heavy metal, I have really no choice but high shutter speeds at times, further limiting light-gathering options.

Check my blog in my link and you'll get an idea over various concerts of how well it works wide open.

Edit: just saw you bought the lens. Enjoy it! I only needed one copy and before fw 1.13 on my K-5, it needed no adjustment. Now at +3 and sharp throughout, with a sweetspot being in the 30-40mm range.
11-11-2013, 02:25 AM   #10
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This is exactly what I got the Tamron 28-75 for. I felt the extra reach would be more useful than being able to go wider (especially when using outside as well) so went for this instead of the 17-50. Another one for you to look at anyway...
11-11-2013, 02:00 PM   #11
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Congrats on ordering the Tamron 17-50. I have both the 17-50 and 28-75, and love them both. I recently used my 17-50 at my son's 5th birthday party, which was a camera's nightmare--an indoor, virtually pitch black mini golf place. My K5, with Tamron 17-50, and my old reliable Pentax AF-200FG flash, handled it incredibly well. Got a lot of keepers, which I credit to all three tools. But the 17-50 does perform great, indoors and outdoors.
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I previously owned the Tamron 17-50 2.8. I didn't like the build quality as it felt "cheap"
I now own the Sigma 17-50 2.8 ex hsm fld and am very happy with it. Yes it is more expensive, but I plan to keep it for a long time or until something better comes along, but can't see that coming for a while



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