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12-14-2014, 02:53 AM   #1
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Recommend 2 primes (low light use) for wedding

Please let me know your thoughts, I have the 21, HD 35, DA 50 and DA 70 but I still think they're still slow for wedding (no flash) specially indoors (hotels, churches etc.)


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FA31 and FA77/DA*55, although these lenses duplicates your 35, 50 and 70

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I think your lenses cover a good range and there are no great upgrades.
You can think about the DA55 (maybe still slow for you), but my suggestion would be upon the FA31 and 77.

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ok, drypenn was just faster than me
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If you can live with manual focus... there are some great legacy primes out there that would fit the bill, my "Special Lady” (SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.2) or my “Sweetheart” (SMC Pentax-A* 85mm F1.4) as a couple of examples.

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MF is often better than AF in really low light. So any of the A50 (1.2, 1.4 or 1.7) would do.

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Pentax FA 31/35/43/77
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a dark horse: Samyang 35mm f1.4 (quite big though)
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Try the FA*24 f2 - it can be found easily on flyebay. It performs fine for group pictures, has nice bokeh, decent sharpness (but for people pictures you don't want razor sharp lens) and high contrast from wide open. And it's a f2 lens...
24 is 35 mm equivalent on full frame.
The sigma 18-35 f1.8 has good reputation but I haven't tried it.
I have the 50 A f1.2 but it is soo hard to focus manually, I wouldn't recommand it.
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I did a wedding with their small equipment of the: Pentax K30 + Perntax F28/2.8 + Pentax F50/1.7 + Pentax AF360FGZ

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QuoteOriginally posted by goubejp Quote
have the 50 A f1.2 but it is soo hard to focus manually
I agree it does take a little practise if your wide open, stopping down, katzeye screen and a magnifier O-ME53 make life easier.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
I agree it does take a little practise if your wide open, stopping down, katzeye screen and a magnifier O-ME53 make life easier.
Yes I have all that, katzeye, OM 53, but as many fast prime lenses focus plane moves when the lens is stopped down
And wide open, DOF is so narrow; and contrast is poor. I use it only when I want special effects.
I would go with the FA*24 f2 and FA 77 limited.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bassek Quote
MF is often better than AF in really low light. So any of the A50 (1.2, 1.4 or 1.7) would do.

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Pentax camera are able to focus in really low light. For example, I wasn't capable to focus manually this bird - I hardly saw it in the viewfined - but the Camera did it. And it is a 300 mm lens with very narrow DOF
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QuoteOriginally posted by goubejp Quote
I use it only when I want special effects
For me in any light and especially in low light I like a bright viewfinder.

As we all know most lenses perform best when stopped down a few of stops, the faster lenses hit this point at a lower aperture and so can still give you shutter speed advantage, but as they say "it's horses for courses".
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Thanks guys, I guess I would have no choice but start dreaming to have the FA Lims,

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Yeah, that FA 24 and a DA 55 is somehow a good alternative to that 35/85 duet for FF, and I dont have those, is LBA calling again?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Conqueror Quote
Pentax FA 31/35/43/77
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voightlander 58mm 1.4
+1 with the FA31mm and FA77mm. They are faster than your lenses and will work nicely. I use them a lot in low light and they are great.

I love the VL 58mm f1.4 and its IQ, but ... it is MF. If I was shooting a wedding, I would personally prefer AF lenses.

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