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04-24-2008, 07:52 PM   #1
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Good all-around portrait Lens ~$300?

I've been trying to do research with my limited free time, but hopefully people here with more experience can help me.

Basically, is there a general consensus on a typical range of lenses for portraits?

I'm thinking either outdoor or indoor with a cheapo lighting setup, head or body shots?

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I was thinking of the 50mm prime, but that seems to be mostly for headshots and I can imagine would be hard to get full body shots indoors with that lens.

Also, what would a recommended minimum speed be? 2.8? 2.0?
And what is a decent range to look for? like 16-45mm, etc?

I'm really doubting something that I'm looking for even exists in the $300 range, but perhaps someone here can help me

I'm basically looking to maybe do some family portraits for myself, maybe some friends on the side.

04-24-2008, 08:07 PM   #2
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I would look at a fast lens (f2.8 or faster) so you can get control of depth of field if you want it.

Things that come to mind are a F1.4 50mm, or something in the 75-85mm range F2 or faster.

If you can get back far enough look perhaps at a 100mm F3 or F3.8

you can go either MF or Af
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Sound like the Tamron 28-75/2.8 is just for you
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21550 Pentax SMCP-DA 40mm f/2.8 ED Digital Auto Focus Limited Edition Lens for SLR Cameras

If you can swing more money:

21730 Pentax SMCP-DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited Wide Angle Auto Focus Lens (it can be found for cheaper)

That being said, for "portrait" I will grab my 77mm ltd. Hands down. But if you're indoors it might not be wide enough for full body.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cputeq Quote
I've been trying to do research with my limited free time, but hopefully people here with more experience can help me.

Basically, is there a general consensus on a typical range of lenses for portraits?

I'm thinking either outdoor or indoor with a cheapo lighting setup, head or body shots?

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I was thinking of the 50mm prime, but that seems to be mostly for headshots and I can imagine would be hard to get full body shots indoors with that lens.

Also, what would a recommended minimum speed be? 2.8? 2.0?
And what is a decent range to look for? like 16-45mm, etc?

I'm really doubting something that I'm looking for even exists in the $300 range, but perhaps someone here can help me

I'm basically looking to maybe do some family portraits for myself, maybe some friends on the side.
Consider picking up an FA 24-90. I have one, and for portraiture on the K10D it would be super - but I bought a couple of DA* lenses, and my wife has the 24-90. In film terms, that would be a 36 (group shot) to 135 (kiddie shots from far enough away they forget about you sometimes).
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FA 35 f/2 leaps to mind for ~$300.
04-24-2008, 09:13 PM   #7
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Have to agree with Frank- tam 28-75

QuoteOriginally posted by frank Quote
Sound like the Tamron 28-75/2.8 is just for you
I love my tammy 28-75 for portraits... covers a lot of major portrait range and has the constant ap thru the zoom range which is very useful for snap portraits... being able to zoom without changing the aperture and shutterspeed. And it is pretty sharp wide open... the first two at f2.8








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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote

I really like this shot! Great portrait.

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QuoteOriginally posted by frank Quote
Sound like the Tamron 28-75/2.8 is just for you

Agreed, I wish I liked to take portraits cuz I would of kept mine if I did.
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How about the DA 40 2.8 Limited? Has anyone here used that for portraits?
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Two Jupiter-9's. Pick the best one and sell the other?

I just bought a FA 35/2 ($299 shipped), but have not tried it for portraits. It is a pretty cool lens. I can image that it would be good for gritty character stuff since it is quite sharp and has great depth of field.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
Great emotion in this one. I love it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
I love my tammy 28-75 for portraits... covers a lot of major portrait range and has the constant ap thru the zoom range which is very useful for snap portraits... being able to zoom without changing the aperture and shutterspeed. And it is pretty sharp wide open... the first two at f2.8


(no need to quote the images - which, btw, were quite nice...)
I could not agree more. This is the only lens I have never ever second guessed after buying it. It's cheap, fast, has enough zoom range and does very decent job by giving you sharp images.

You will find yourself using this lens more and more... I did shoot some portraits with this one but also scenery and a set of gig photos at a local club from the back row (and as you know, the clubs aren't that well lit). Buying a 40mm or 35mm or even 50mm will give you more crisp images I'm sure. Enough to make a difference? I doubt. And you simply cannot shoot from a distance with a 35mm...
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da 40 f/2.8 or fa 50 f/1.4
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Sound like the Tamron 28-75/2.8 is just for you
I second that! It is a bargain as well!
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