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02-11-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
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Best lens to shot a barnyard boogie?

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I am going to shoot a barnyard boogie (on a farm, with farm animals, the whole 9!) in my town and will be renting a lens. I can only afford to rent one and the two options I think that would work are the following:

I am new to photography and for this occasion, I need the lens to work with lowish light (ideally with no external flash).

Pentax 50-135 or the Pentax 60-250 (I am leaning towards the 50-135 and own a K5-II)

Thank you for your help.

02-11-2014, 12:57 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kubikle Free Quote
Hi Everybody

I am going to shoot a barnyard boogie (on a farm, with farm animals, the whole 9!) in my town and will be renting a lens. I can only afford to rent one and the two options I think that would work are the following:

I am new to photography and for this occasion, I need the lens to work with lowish light (ideally with no external flash).

Pentax 50-135 or the Pentax 60-250 (I am leaning towards the 50-135 and own a K5-II)

Thank you for your help.
How much reach do you need? The 50-135mm isn't that long, so normally I recommend the 60-250mm as it gives you a lot more reach. Crank up the ISO by a stop and you'll be in business, because the 60-250mm is really good wide-open.

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How much reach do you need? The 50-135mm isn't that long, so normally I recommend the 60-250mm as it gives you a lot more reach. Crank up the ISO by a stop and you'll be in business, because the 60-250mm is really good wide-open.
The barn is fairly long. Easily, 100'. I will take your recommendation and go with the 60-250mm. I also realized I should rent a wide prime lens. I was think the Pentax 14mm will do just fine and not too expensive to rent. I am all about keeping things simple and don't like carrying a lot of gear.

Thank yo for your help!
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What is a barnyard boogie? I googled and came up with the Muppets.

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What is a barnyard boogie? I googled and came up with the Muppets.
Snot from a barnyard animal?
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Snot from a barnyard animal?
So a 100mm+ macro lens would probably be more appropriate?
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Pretty funny replies here. The easiest way I can describe it is. A dance in a barn with live music. Does that help?
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What is a barnyard boogie?
Oh deep joy, not just me then.

I didn't want to be the first to ask and look really dumb...
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All bit subjective. What sort of distances are you expecting. 60-250 will cover better reach for you, but is bigger heavier and more expensive. IMHO both would do a rather good job overall,
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I would go for the 50-135 personally. It's a stop faster, and 135 gets you plenty close, unless you are shooting cows from the other side of the field... shooting at 260 f/4 in low light can't be too much fun, unless you take a tripod.

Also, instead of the 14mm, if you could afford to rent the 12-24 instead, that's what I would do as well. Especially if you think there will be landscapes to shoot.
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Shorter Is Better?

Hello Kubikle Free, welcome to the Forum!
I'm going to take a different direction on this. Now that you're explained the site and photo subjects better, my idea would be to use a much shorter zoom and maybe a short-tele prime. Because, how many shots will you be taking from end-to-end? Compared to small groups (human or non), stage photos, live action in a small area like stalls or tables? Sounds like 20-50mm stuff to me.
Would a 16-50mm, 24-75mm or other f/2.8 zoom be more useful? With a 100mm or 200mm f/2.8 prime for tighter shots or longer distance.
Maybe I'm off track here, but your knowledge of the site makes you the best judge.
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Are you planning to take photos of the whole event, or detailed photos of people dancing, etc? I'd do the 50-135, and something wide (even the 18-55's wide end would likely suffice)… snap a few decent wide photos every 30-45 minutes and anytime you need full crowd shots, and the rest of the time use the 50-135.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kubikle Free Quote
Hi Everybody

I am going to shoot a barnyard boogie (on a farm, with farm animals, the whole 9!) in my town and will be renting a lens. I can only afford to rent one and the two options I think that would work are the following:

I am new to photography and for this occasion, I need the lens to work with lowish light (ideally with no external flash).

Pentax 50-135 or the Pentax 60-250 (I am leaning towards the 50-135 and own a K5-II)

Thank you for your help.
If you want to boogie in a barn, go to Codfishhollowbarnstormers.com
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100' is 30 meters if I'm not mistaken? Unless you want to fill the frame with a shot of a couple dancing 30 meters away from you, I think the 50-135 should be fine. You can also consider renting a Tamron / Sigma 70-200/2.8. More reach than the 50-135 and a stop faster than the 60-250.
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