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11-24-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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ready to upgrade to a new lens for my K-5

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I'm looking for some advice on a new lens, I am ready to upgrade. I have a K-5. The lenses I have at this time are the 18-135mm kit lens, and the 50mm 1.8. I love to take pictures of my family especially of my toddler, I'm also about to have a new baby so I'm looking forward to taking some newborn shots. I love to take portraits, and my other passion is travel photography. I would love a lens I could keep on my camera without switching as often. I have been researching the FA 77mm, the FA 31mm, and DA 70mm. Am I on the right track? Any guidance would be appreciated, and of course if there are any other lens suggestions?

11-24-2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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A toddler might be tough with the DA70 but it's a very impressive lens. A one-lens prime option would probably be wider for most of us, like in the 21 to 35mm range. I was trying to collect some impressive primes for that but a DA16-45 stopped me; sounds like the Tamron 17-50 has that ability also, and at 50/2.8 would likely be a decent portrait choice also. Primes will serve you best, but we cannot all make that fit our bank balance.
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The 50/1.8 you have is a pretty crackerjack lens. Great for portraits. My first suggestion is to put that on your camera for a month, and shoot only with it. Is it too short or too long for what you want to do? Buy whatever prime you want in that direction!

If it's just a little too long, then the FA43 may be a great bet. If it's quite a bit too long, the FA31 or Sigma 30/1.4 or Sigma 35/1.4 may be your best bet. The DA35/2.4 is a great low-cost alternative if you are budget-constrained. If the 50 is way way way too long, there is the Sigma 24mm/1.8 or the DA21Ltd., depending on if you want a fast/huge lens or a small/slowish lens.

On the other hand, if you feel that the 50 is too short, then the DA70 or FA77 would be the logical choices.

For me, personally, a great kit would be the 18-135 (which is pretty good), a Sigma 30/1.4 and that 50/1.8. You'd have quite a few bases covered. That's about what I walk around with (but my 50 is a super Tak).

A good question at this point is what do the two lenses you already have not accomplish that you want to accomplish? If you answer that question in priority order, then we can give you a better idea where to go.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bleuwater Quote
I'm looking for some advice on a new lens
Well you've come to the right place, we really good here at helping folk spend money.

Have a look at the images you've already taken with the 18-135 and see at what focal length most of them were taken at. I would then get a good fast prime at around that length to start off with.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bleuwater Quote
I would love a lens I could keep on my camera without switching as often.
QuoteOriginally posted by bleuwater Quote
The lenses I have at this time are the 18-135mm kit lens
Sounds like you already have what you need. That's the whole point of the zoom--you don't need to switch as often.

Having said that, if it's a prime you're after, I suggest the DA 35mm 2.4. The focal length would nicely suit your needs and it's a *very* high quality lens, in spite of its low price.
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Well the FA 31 will hold its value, is built solid and is a legendary lens so it can be a good choice. If only I had one myself...
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The two lenses I would add to your kit would be the FA31 and the DA*50-135. Both excel for family pictures.

For travel photography you are already covered with your 18-135, however maybe a DA12-24 or DA15 could be added in time.
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Thank you all for the helpful responses, you've given me lots to think about!

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QuoteOriginally posted by bleuwater Quote
I would love a lens I could keep on my camera without switching as often. I have been researching the FA 77mm, the FA 31mm, and DA 70mm. Am I on the right track?
FA31Ltd
Reasoning:
It's the lens that can stay on the camera for a whole day without missing too many opportunities. 70mm/77mm are, in my opinion, just too long for that. It also is a great lens for full body portraits.

Your test (and don't cheat):
put your zoom at 31mm and leave it at that; can you live with that for e.g. a day family shooting
put your zoom at 70mm or 77mm and leave it at that; can you live with that for e.g. a day family shooting
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