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04-12-2008, 02:13 PM   #1
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Shooting a 50th wedding anniversary party

What Lens?

This will be an indoor and outdoor affair. Outdoor will be early evening. As the party will be in Rochester, NY it will light out until well into the 9pm hour. This is for my mother and father inlaw so there is no expectation of professionalism here. I expect to have the kit lens and the Pentax 50-135mm f2.8. Can you think of any other lens that would be a good fit?

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I hope you've got a flash, because 3.5 isn't going to cut it indoors or at night.
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Depends on how much you can spend but I would say FA 50mm f/1.4, it's great for shooting with available light.

The 50-135mm should do OK, but I agree with hudsong, a flash would be good....

If cost is a concern, you could always rent...now that such a thing has become available to us pentaxians...check out this thread:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/24688-finally-...-s-lenses.html
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I expect that is exactly what I am going to do is Rent from CameraLensRental.com. I was thinking that the 50mm 1.4 would be a good lens. I do have a af360 flash. I expect I will use it as the day gets late.

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If you don't already have one, you may want to look into buying or making some type of diffuser for the flash. I made a Gary Fong clone for about $2 and it works pretty darn well. Other than that it seems you have your bases covered. If I were in the same situation I'd take my DA 16-45, FA 50 1.4, 540FGZ (with Fong clone), and I'd be renting the DA* 50-135...if I could rent one in Toronto that is.

Good luck and have fun.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mi2nc Quote
I expect that is exactly what I am going to do is Rent from CameraLensRental.com. I was thinking that the 50mm 1.4 would be a good lens. I do have a af360 flash. I expect I will use it as the day gets late.
I'd rather rent a 2nd flash (AF540)
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I would absolutely, definitely, positively advise against renting the FA 50mm 1.4!

I've really enjoyed mine for portraiture and group scenes.

Even already owning the 40mm LTD pancake, it was a good purchase.

Indeed at $200 it may the smartest lens purchases I've made to date.

But I must say that it seems quite a waste of money to rent something, that for a few or two of ramen noodles, you could own.


I'll assume you have additional batteries.

The suggestion for a stronger flash is IMO a good one. And lots of batteries.

And depending on the venue, perhaps the 16-50mm f/2.8 (check it first!), 12-24 f/2.8, or a wide prime. Or two... renting Pentax lenses... simply amazing!

Hope this helps. Have fun!


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Ok I looked at the diffuser video. Rivetting presentation. DIsturbing his several referances to little boys and girls.

Now he talks about bouncing flash off walls, ceilings, people, etc. What if there is no wall, and there is no cieling? i.e. I am outside at this party w/o objects (other than people) to bounce off of?

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You can check out the Demb pro diffuser, it's adjustable and still usable if you don't have anything surfaces for bouncin...

I just got one about 2 weeks ago and I'm very impressed with it's performance, versatility, and the customer service I recieved from Joe Demb (plus it fits on any flash, where some other diffusers are specific to what flash you are using).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Groundloop Quote
If you don't already have one, you may want to look into buying or making some type of diffuser for the flash. I made a Gary Fong clone for about $2 and it works pretty darn well. Other than that it seems you have your bases covered. If I were in the same situation I'd take my DA 16-45, FA 50 1.4, 540FGZ (with Fong clone), and I'd be renting the DA* 50-135...if I could rent one in Toronto that is.
Similarly I would use the 16-45mm with bounced/diffuse flash or tripod if flash not allowed. Then on a second body switch between the 43mm limited for low light group shots or the 77mm limited when more reach is required. Not owning the latter I would need to invest some money, but if I was doing a wedding/anniversary I assume this would be coming back to me.
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