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04-14-2009, 01:43 PM   #31
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Congrats on the Baby. Why not spend a little more and pick up the 50-135mm f2.8 for $717 at amazon? I know its over budget, but well worth it. Put in a wanted ad in the forum and maybe someone who's looking for more reach will let theirs go.

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Must be the hormones... my missus granted permission for a 31mm... enough said.
the only thing better than a 40-70 combo is a 43-77 combo.



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04-14-2009, 03:42 PM   #33
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QuoteOriginally posted by domfijac Quote
FA 50mm F1.4. Save the rest for another lens later. At US200 can't go wrong. Read the reviews, you'll like it
I too thought that I was fine with the MF lenses, until the kid started moving. I grew up with MF cameras but with a moving target like a kid, you are going to want auto focus lenses, IMHO. The only MF lens that I have left is the M100 f4 Macro.
Most used kid shot lens - FA31L
Most used before the FA31L was aquired - FA50
I would recommend buying the FA50 and putting the rest of the money away.... Kids are expensive!
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QuoteOriginally posted by ivoire Quote
Congrats on the Baby. Why not spend a little more and pick up the 50-135mm f2.8 for $717 at amazon? I know its over budget, but well worth it. Put in a wanted ad in the forum and maybe someone who's looking for more reach will let theirs go.
I was thinking of the 50-135 also but it would be way too heavy for my wife, connected to the K10D it must be at least 1.5kg.

I guess I'm thinking the 40 / 70 route, I already have a Pentax FA 70-200 f/4~5.6 which should be ok for outdoor use when she starts running around.

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Thanks for all your help and for the great suggestions.
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So this is what I'm thinking as I have about $500 to play with. The lens has to be light, simple, have wide aperture (2.8 or lower) and used for candid and portraits among other things. I'm thinking prime but zoom would be ok I guess. I have in mind the DA 70 ltd as a first choice as well as the 40 ltd, the 35 ltd and the more expensive 43 ltd ($100 over budget).

So...any other suggestions?
I'd say the 35 ltd. Just after we got our first of four kids, my wife wanted her own DSLR (partly because I insisted on loading Fujichrome in my LX, and she wanted to shoot negative film, so she could order double copies and send one set to her mother), so I bought her an ME Super body, and gave her my Cosinon 50mm/1.8, which she kept almost permanently mounted. A normal lens is IMHO very useful for shooting babies. The DA70 may be very nice, but most of the time you want to communicate with the baby, and then a shorter focal length might be more useful.

The DA35 gives you the right (normal) focal length on APS-C. Do you need a faster lens than 2.8? I'm not sure. We usually stepped down to 2.8 when shooting babies anyway, to avoid a DOF so hair thin that only one eye or the nose would be in focus...

The macro capabilities of the DA35 can be useful for close-ups of hands etc.
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gazonk, seems like your wife is actually interested in photography, mine on the other hand is far from. What I need is something that won't spin her head and I think I found the right combo. I was thinking about the 35 ltd instead of the 40 ltd, still thinking and negotiating with the boss.
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Does the 40 ltd take decent portraits, isn't it a little too wide? For portraits indoors and out I currently use either my Takumar 55mm or the Jupiter-9 (85mm) so I'm not sure if the 70mm would be too long, but i'm not too sure. Thanks for the comments so far!
The DA 40 is great for both half and whole body portraits. It can also be used for shoulder-head portraits but I prefer the DA 70 for that.

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I have a six months old daughter, and I'm very happy with the FA 50mm f/1.4 for taking pictures of her. It's more than sharp enough, and you can get some very cool shots with the shallow depth of field at 1.4. Autofocus is fast enough for now (she's just started crawling). I've never really found the focal length too long. If anything, it is the minimum focus distance that could have been lower, to get close-ups of hands, feet etc.

A tip for when she gets a bit older, a DSLR is perfect for playing peek-a-boo, just hide behind the camera while framing and focusing, and then snap the picture when peeking out and the baby's laughing. I've gotten lots of great pictures this way.
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Thanks for the tip Eric, I actually did this last week with a friends 8 month old daughter, she had a great time and her parents were pretty happy with the results.
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I think your wife should use a small lens.The DA40MM LTD or DA21mm will be a good choice.
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Has someone slipped my wife LBA drugs or something? She's just told me that the quality of our daughter's memories are worth the cost and has upped the budget...she's willing to go for both the 40 / 70 combo which will cost about $750 USD but is this the right way to go? Is there a better combo out there?
Add my vote for the Tamron 28-75. Outstanding IQ (Ben has also spoken highly of it), easy for her to use, nicely bright with a constant f2.8, and since you can probably find one used for about $250 or less that leaves you with quite a bit left over for feeding your M42 LBA.
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Another vote for the Tamron 28-75 F2.8. I sense your reluctance about the lens due to it's size, but it's not that bulky a lens and balances nicely on K10/20. If you have a lens of approximate weight and size, (510g/18 oz and 3.6in/92cm) put it on your K10D and see what she thinks of the weight /size. And I think she'll really like the zoom capability. In addition it's under budget! You could even get a FA 50mm F1.4 in addition and still stay near $600usd.

NaCl(to my mind one of the best "normal" zooms available)H2O
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I vote Sigma 30\1.4

hehe peek-a-boo is great idea
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DA70 or FA77

I think the 70 or 77 is the perfect length for the really little ones. It lets you stay far enough out of the way while capturing facial expressions, emotions, etc. They are so small that you can still get full body shots without being too far away.
Plus, the tighter shots will reduce the kid clutter that will inevitably end up in most of your photos.
Save the 31mm/40mm/43mm for when they are toddlers and start doing things.
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