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06-10-2008, 12:30 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rene` Quote
With all of the lens out there --- how do we know about them all. What is considered a good lens-- a bad lens-- a prime -- a limited.

How do we know what to get??? All my lens work pretty good. But, you know I thought that I could see fine til I found out I needed glasses.

I just ordered a K20D -- now I'm broke! What kind of len do I need to get the best portraits from my K20D???
As you stated, there are a lot of "Lenses" out there. Being that you are strapped, I would like to suggest a good all round and reasonably priced lens. The newer Pentax 18-55 Mkll is surprisingly good. You might want to go with this for now, until your situation changes. That will give you a 27-82.5 mm lens. That is a nice range and at 60-80mm a nice portrait lens. If you can afford a bit more, I might suggest the Pentax 17-70 lens which does incredibly well from 17-55 mm and very good at 70mm. Just stop down 1 to 2 stops and it becomes excellent.

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For portraits, I prefer a 50mm or 55mm lens. I find there is a bit more DOF flexibility with a 50 or 55, as opposed to an 85mm (or longer) lens. Indeed, one does not want too much DOF in a portrait, but I find the 50 and 55 have just the right amount. A 50 or 55 is also an excellent "all around" lens. In general, avoid zooms. Zooms tend to have inherent optical compromises.

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Unless I'm extremely dense (has happened before!), wouldn't your Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 work as a great portrait lens already? That's a pretty high end lens with great optics. So why not take it for a spin!
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Unless I'm extremely dense (has happened before!), wouldn't your Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 work as a great portrait lens already? That's a pretty high end lens with great optics. So why not take it for a spin!
Oh wow, I missed that the OP has this.

What was the question, again?

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Awesome pics -- Gus! Thanks! I love head and shoulders too!
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Unless I'm extremely dense (has happened before!), wouldn't your Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 work as a great portrait lens already? That's a pretty high end lens with great optics. So why not take it for a spin!
Never occurred to me to use that big ole lens inthe studio.... I always use it in the gym and on the football field.

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Isn't a lens in the focal length range of 70mm to I don't know, err.. 105mm going to give more correct facial proportions? ie no big noses compared to the size of the rest of the face?
My recommendation would be the DA 70mm or 77mm limited if you can afford it.
Otherwise I'd have to say the FA 50mm F1.4

I'd also agree the new 17-70mm Pentax might be nice if you can wait a month.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rene` Quote
Never occurred to me to use that big ole lens inthe studio.... I always use it in the gym and on the football field.

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The boys in the studio I am partnered with use some sort of Nikon 80-200/2.8 lens all the time for portraits.
It seems to work well for them, though the stuff I get from my A*85/1.4 looks better.
Sorry, I missed that you had an 80-200/2.8 already. even if it's a Stigma

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Lenses for dummy's

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The boys in the studio I am partnered with use some sort of Nikon 80-200/2.8 lens all the time for portraits.
It seems to work well for them, though the stuff I get from my A*85/1.4 looks better.
Sorry, I missed that you had an 80-200/2.8 already. even if it's a Stigma
I don't have any appts tomorrow.... maybe I will set up and give it a try. That darn thing is just so dog gone heavy!

Can some one direct me to a discussion on Lenses for Dummy's? I need to know about the A, AF, M and all that stuff.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rene` Quote
I don't have any appts tomorrow.... maybe I will set up and give it a try. That darn thing is just so dog gone heavy!

Can some one direct me to a discussion on Lenses for Dummy's? I need to know about the A, AF, M and all that stuff.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/general-pentax-photography/29128-all-init...tml#post260465
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You can get a good picture from just about any lens on the market, and frankly, you can always find a way to take the best equipment available and churn out absolute crap.
Where is the 'clapping' icon...?

What Weatfield said. You can get a Pentax-A 50mm f/2 for $30 or so; use it wide open and you'll be amazed at what you can do with it. Anything more expensive you buy later on will only improve your results by 1% at the very most. Seriously, don't obsess, shoot!
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I'm looking also to get a lens for portrait so this all my be interesting.

I am also thinking about getting the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 and was wondering how that faired in the portrait end. I think I could kill a few birds with this one stone.

Anyway, I still think I am needing 2 lenses to get the areas covered I want. The FA77 Limited looks like a sweet one.
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The Pentax DA* 50-135mm is an EXCELLENT portrait zoom. It's like having 70/77/100/105/135mm primes in ONE lens. It's THAT good! (and much lighter than the Sigma 70-200mm) Pair it with the Tamron 28-75mm and you're set with f/2.8 from 28-135mm!
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QuoteOriginally posted by egordon99 Quote
The Pentax DA* 50-135mm is an EXCELLENT portrait zoom. It's like having 70/77/100/105/135mm primes in ONE lens. It's THAT good! (and much lighter than the Sigma 70-200mm) Pair it with the Tamron 28-75mm and you're set with f/2.8 from 28-135mm!
I have seen great shots from these zooms. The advantage of the prime route is that they are even faster and smaller. (Also with the right 100mm you get macro -- not really an issue for portraits.) The disadvantage is that you have to change lenses more.
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Ok... so am I hearing that a zoom makes things slower? That a fixed focal length lens allows more speed.(do you mean focusing)......... I hope so. I ordered the FA 50mm f/1.4 last night. Can't wait for it to get here.................
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