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11-01-2016, 01:16 PM   #1
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do I need both of these lenses?

Would the pentax 50mm F1.8 SMC DA be better than the HD 100mm macro pentax lens because i'm about to make a purchase and the 50mm f1.8 smc da is an added deal option but do i really need it with the 100mm macro for face portraits?
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please note that I am deffinatly getting the macro 100mm ad and the da hd 16-85 zoom. so just wondered if i need the 50mm as well? these will be my only lenses.

11-01-2016, 01:30 PM   #2
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For portraits using a 100mm macro I think you need to be about 12-16 feet away... which is a bit limiting considering rooms etc. If you have your own studio or know you have plenty of space OK, but I think the 50mm is probably more useful as a portrait lens. The 16-85 may be about as good 50-70mm, though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tommygunn84 Quote
wondered if i need the 50mm as well
You can use both. Yes you need it! You can never have too many lenses. You may not need it now but you will need it later. Are you speaking of the Smc PENTAX-D FA Macro 100mm F2.8 WR? How much are you paying for all three if I may ask?
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If you're getting them as a package deal and the price is good, then just look at the 50mm as a bonus and enjoy it. You may find uses for it that you did not initially envision.

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Frankly, the DA50 f/1.8 is so insanely inexpensive considering the results it's capable of, there's really no justification of "need" required... So long as you can still afford to eat if you buy one, just get it Everyone should have a nice, fast fifty... On an APS-C camera it's the perfect all-rounder for portraits
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You do not state what camera body you are using. Assuming it is a K-3/K-5/K-7 or any crop frame body, then the 50mm lens gives the field of view of a 75mm lens on a FF format camera. That 75mm focal length is a NICE one for portraits, right up there with the 85 and 77mm lenses!

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hi there, yeah im getting the k3ii from Bristol cameras prices are online and they seem pretty cheap in comparison! so your saying the 50mm will be able to do close up face shots? the macro is the WR one.
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It would definitely add to your kit. 100 is long on apsc. My 70 is long in doors. the 16-50 isnt that fast for low light or bokeh. The 50 fills these needs.

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done! im etting it ! haha cheers! this forum is amazing ! love pentax and i havent even got my camera yet !!!!! x
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We will gladly help you spend your vast fortune on lens and other photo inventory. What else are you going to do with it?!? Show us some shots when you get going!

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If you were taking a camera class, or this is your first DSLR, I would prioritize lens choices like this:

1) 50mm
2) 16-85mm
3) 100mm macro

IF I could only afford one, I'd probably go with the zoom, but if you can afford all three, then yes, do not pass on the 50mm. It will bring you closer to zen.
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DA50/1.8 - It's fast, it's light, it's small, it takes good pictures, and this time last year Pentax were shoving them out the door as kit lenses on K-3 bodies, possibly the first time since manual-winding film cameras that a 50mm kit lens has been put out with a Pentax SLR. Depending on what exactly we get on the roadmap in D-FA fast normal terms, it may yet not be the last.

The only things it lacks are quickshift and WR. I suspect those will come in time.
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I have the 100 Macro WR and seldom use it for portraits. As others have stated it is a little too long in most cases. The macro can also be a touch too sharp for portraits for my tastes and I like sharp images (that's why I carry a bag of primes). Short answer; get both.
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