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05-08-2008, 02:11 PM   #1
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Crowded Beer Gardens what to use ?

Catchy title eh made ya look

I am so waffling on what to buy next ..... I know if this is my biggest issue

I am thinking on a fast (f2.8 and <) prime to be used for outdoor night time and indoors low light areas (Vegas casinos) . It has to be fairly wide (wider than my 50 1.7) as some situations will be tight ,and use with built in flash.

The 31ltd at this point I think is just out of my price range cause I want to buy other stuff but maybe I could be convinced is it really twice the lens these others are ?

The choices I am looking at
DA 14 f2.8 ~500.00 intriguing .......
FA 28 f2.8 ~ $400.00
FA 31 f1.8 LTD ~ $750 ... OUCH
DA 35 f2.8 Macro ~ $400 - and a macro ....
FA 43 f1.9 ~ $400 - not much difference than my 50

I am thinking the new DA 35 macro may not really be wide enough but it offers other features (can get close) that may make up for it ...

Whatcha think ?


thx............Dave

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How about the FA35? about $300 should be fast and suitably wide. i sold mines here for about $270, you could probably score a good used deal

i'm all pro FA 31 https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/26849-fa-31-quick-samples.html
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How about the FA35? about $300 should be fast and suitably wide. i sold mines here for about $270, you could probably score a good used deal

i'm all pro FA 31 https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/26849-fa-31-quick-samples.html
I read your ltd line up post WOW is all I gotta say .... for the extra $100 I would go with the DA 35 macro so I can get in the face shots and some tight closeups up stuff ...
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QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
Catchy title eh made ya look

I am so waffling on what to buy next ..... I know if this is my biggest issue
Dave
I was going to say; big glass. That would answer both the lens question and the beer solution

Why not a zoom such as the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8?

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I was going to say; big glass. That would answer both the lens question and the beer solution

Why not a zoom such as the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8?
No real reason of course, other than obious overlap with current lens and compact size. I want a small footprint , no battery grip lens hood , will check that out though .. Tamron makes a 17-50 a well - thanks limiting my choices haha

and in da gardens it is medium plastic , no glass but hey with 5 - 7k people squeezed into an area about the size a ball diamond can you blame them !
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Take your 50mm and the Tamron 28-75mm zoom. Send the extra money on beer.
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Take your 50mm and the Tamron 28-75mm zoom. Send the extra money on beer.
Haha the beer $$ is what poker players call "left pocket" money and is accounted for I am serioulsy in need of help I feel like Jim Carey in the Grinch ...."Do I need to buy a lens because I am unahppy or am I unhappy because I need to buy a lens"

The Tammy is too big but may do, the 50 is definitely too long but may do ... drinking and lens changing do not usually mix well for me anyway
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Get the DA 35 macro, then use your flash. That would solve the "slowness" handicap of the macro lens. However, I do think the Tamron zoom is more than adequate for this kind of event.

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You could always take the fisheye. It might create some interesting effects with the subject matter. The DA35 might also be a good option, if you're OK with shooting in a normal 35mm equivalent length.

While it's slower than 2.8, the 21 might be worth considering, if you're going to be using a flash.

Have you thought about either the Sigma 20 or 24/1.8? Either one would fill in the gap in your kit for a fast, wide prime.

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