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04-19-2009, 08:36 AM   #1
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Wedding and portraits

Hi everyone,

I'm thinking about picking up a lens for portraits and weddings and wanted to get some suggestions on what would be the best lens to get. I currently have a DA 18-55 lens (pentax) and a 70 - 300 Quantaray . I'm just looking for an all around lens that would be a good investment (something that will give me sharp pictures in low light).

Thanks everyone,

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Da* 50-135.....
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for weddings, assuming you're the primary shooter, get the tamron 17-50/2.8 or the DA*16-50...you'll use it for most of your shots.
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QuoteOriginally posted by -=JoN=- Quote
Da* 50-135.....
If what I read is true that would be a really good one IMO.

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QuoteOriginally posted by -=JoN=- Quote
Da* 50-135.....
Second the motion. If you could add another body and the DA* 16-50 you would have everything covered with no need to change lenses. I think you will find the DA 18-55 a bit slow.
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Being as how I don't really like zooms, I'd look at the FA 35/2 and FA50/1.4 while you still can get them.
If you do get a zoom, make sure it's a constant aperture or your fill ratios will get buggered up when you zoom.
Both the 16-50/2.8 and 50-135/2.8 are excellent zoom lenses.
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The two lenses I think anyone should have are the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and the Pentax FA50mm f/1.4 for portraits. And go get yourself the Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 macro for the ring shots.
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If you're picking "one" lens for portraits and weddings/events then I'd have to agree with the others on the DA*50-135. In golf terms, if I was Lee Trevino - that would be my 5 iron.

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primes are great choices, but w/ such a fast paced event, having zooms would be the way...both the 16-50 and 50-135 cover a lot of ranges, and if you have 2 bodies, will get you to capture anything and everything....worst part of being in those events...is having to swap lenses....and..there usually isnt enough time to do so....
50-135 also makes a good portrait lens..but if it's studio type.i'd look at the limiteds...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Hey Elwood Quote
Hi everyone,

I'm thinking about picking up a lens for portraits and weddings and wanted to get some suggestions on what would be the best lens to get. I currently have a DA 18-55 lens (pentax) and a 70 - 300 Quantaray . I'm just looking for an all around lens that would be a good investment (something that will give me sharp pictures in low light).

Thanks everyone,
Professional services call for professional equipment. I'm sure the Quantaray is a fine lens but I can't imagine taking money to shoot a wedding with it. You need professional quality long lenses for tight portraits from a distance. For that you are limited to the 50-135, the 200/2.8 or one of the 3rd party 70-200/2.8 lenses.
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If you want a zoom from wide to normal, I would choose the Tamron 17-50 2.8 over the Da 16-50 because the Tammy is a better wide open--and you'll shoot there in low light.

The Da 50-135 would be nice and so would the Tamron 70-200mm. Also, the Tamron 25-75 2.8 would do really well for you. It really depends on your budget and your preferred focal lengths. The Pentax primes which have been mentioned are great choices too. You have many options.
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QuoteOriginally posted by -=JoN=- Quote
Da* 50-135.....
That is the lens to go for. I second that too.
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And depends on budget...
As mentioned, best bang for bucks is Tamron 28-75, but you'll find it to be not wide enough in some circumstances. So either go 16-50 or 17-50 with a 50-135, or juggle around between the 28-75, an ultra wide zoom like a 12-24 or 10-20, and a 100 macro.

None of these are cheap solutions, but my suggestion would be the 28-75, which can get most of the shots you need.
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