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01-16-2015, 09:09 AM   #1
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Event Soon: Rent Sigma24-70 or DA* 16-50

Hello All,

I have a medium size social event coming next month which I promised to shoot end of next month (Feb). Family & friends, nothing super crazy. As of last week my Tamron 17-50 f2.8 died . Out of no where under normal use- zoom is clunky, erratic and if forced would probably break internals. This was going to be my main lens coupled with my da* 50-135. I am in process of sending it into Tamron but I don't know if I will receive it back in time. And even if I did it will be up to par for the event.

I've researched various avenues and figure it might be best to rent a replacement. The event will be entirely indoors with good light (I will have flash also). In these circumstances, would it be advisable to go for the SIgma 24-70 f2.8 (less $$) or matching Da* 16-50 f2.8 (more $$$)? I'm leaning on Sigma with the more appropriate focal length.

Also there are not the most options for renting Pentax in general but if anyone knows of a different outlet other than Lensrental, BorrowLenses & CameraLensRental, let me know. Thanks in advanced fellow pentexians.

01-16-2015, 09:18 AM   #2
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I'd probably go with the 16-50 simply because 24 isn't wide enough for events IMO
01-16-2015, 10:58 AM   #3
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I've shot lots of big and small events with the Tamron and the DA*.
Rent the 16-50mm; on a cropped-sensor camera body it will allow you to fit more human bodies into the frame. That's what family events are all about.

01-16-2015, 01:21 PM   #4
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Not much to add here, unless you expect to need some extreme wide angle, in which case you could consider renting, say, a Pentax 12-24mm as well as a 24-70mm or 28-70mm of Pentax/Sigma/Tamron. I find that I use my 12-24mm for plenty of indoor shots and family shots when in close quarters.

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agreed, if it is between these lenses use the 16-50
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Thanks everyone. I didn't not factor in the large group shots. I do already own a Sigma 10-20 so I may bring that along if I decide to go with 24-70, otherwise, my best bet will be to just go with the 16-50.
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I would get the 16-50 too. 10-20 will distort people's bodies and they will be quite upset. Swapping lenses is possible but an unnecessary pain that might make you lose the moment.

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