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12-13-2009, 09:30 AM   #1
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need good bokeh fast lens for wedding

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having come from canon bkgrnd to pentax k-x (and loving it), would like to ask what are some good lenses (not too expensive) that would produce some nice bokeh - i.e. 50mm 1.8 (canon) or 20mm 1.7 (panasonic), etc that one good use on the pentax k-x ?


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If you need autofocus, then FA 50mm 1.4 or 1.7, F 50mm 1.7. Used, you could find them for 200-300 usd. The manual versions ('A' and 'M' ) of the same lenses are significantly cheaper (the 'M' goes for around $50). For an even cheaper excellent alternative, the old screwmount 55mm Takumars--but you'd need an adapter. I should say I don't know anything about canon lenses, but the ones I mentioned are highly regarded by Pentaxians. Don't forget to check out the 'review' section of the forums.

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Definitely the FA 50mm f/1.4. This is one of the best fast 50s of any brand. Although it has become more expensive lately, you still get a lot for your money. I have shot with Canon's 50mm f/1.8, and the FA 50mm is built a lot better and has better image quality.
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Weddings require quite a complete set of lenses for the different situations you find yourself in - wide angles for group shots, normal to mid-teles for the couple shots, and telephotos for spontaneous captures from some distance away. I'd ensure a good lens from each category would be in the kit.

So not knowing which type of lens you're after, I'm going to guess and say the normal lens for small groups and couple shots. To me the most versatile and reasonably good quality lens for the job is the Tamron 28-75. Very sharp, even at f/2.8, good colours and contrast, and fast AF. I always have the 50/1.4 with me for more difficult lighting conditions, but the Tamron has come through in most wedding situations, indoor and out.

Oh, and the bokeh on both of these lenses are very pleasing also...

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QuoteOriginally posted by spiritflare Quote
hello

having come from canon bkgrnd to pentax k-x (and loving it), would like to ask what are some good lenses (not too expensive) that would produce some nice bokeh - i.e. 50mm 1.8 (canon) or 20mm 1.7 (panasonic), etc that one good use on the pentax k-x ?


cheers

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K55 1.8, FA50/1.4, Super Tak 50 1.4, DA40/2.8, DA70/2.4.
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Canon 50/1.8 is sharp in the centre but weak in the corners. Its bokeh is ugly and harsh.

Pentax Fa 50/1.4 is ok indoor I guess but lags behind with auto shutter all the time. Its bokeh can be quite harsh against metallic edges and specular highlights are terrible.

Most Fa limited would not be reliable with autofocus in fast paced photojournalistic wedding shoot. But in good hands, Fa 31mm limited might perform better given that there is less throw with autofocusing.
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Take a look at this thread.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/78029-melbourn...omparison.html

The author started posting images of a set of statues down in Melbourne emphasizing the brokeh of the background. He used quite a few lenses. You can choose.
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