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01-13-2010, 08:39 PM   #1
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Need lens for autoshow

Which lens should I get for autoshow and motorcycle show?

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Price range? I use an FA 50mm f1.4, DA 35mm and DA 21mm. Most of these were with the FA 50mm. http://www.flickr.com/photos/27714498@N08/sets/72157606279937066/

Edit: However, I have an F 30-70mm f3.5-4.5 that is pretty good. https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-F-35-70mm-F3.5-4.5-Macro-Zoom-Lens.html
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I'm going to say a Fisheye
My reasoning is it's often tough getting far enough away from the next car (or crowed) to get whatever you want in frame. If you want, some software will correct most, however not all of the fisheye effect.
However you may be happy with the results your getting straight out of the camera.

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For cost effectiveness, I would consider the DA16-45 and the DA55-300.
The 16-45 for static car stuff - groups of cars, whole cars, details, people.
The 55-300 for moving cars - events, racetracks, panning, distant cars.

IMO the most important single focal length would be a nice wide angle... Depends what you want though of course.
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Pentax FA35/2.
That's definitely a good choice. The prices are competing with the Da 35 at the moment though. However it is faster than the DA but then the DA can close focus to 1:1 like a true macro which can have advantages at car shows etc. I don't know why Pentax don't update the FA 35mm f2 rather than sink it unless it is because of the legendary FA 31mm ltd.
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Well, I will be indoors, this is an indoor autoshow that takes place in different states during this time. I dont want to use a flash, so I was thinking about this one.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pakuchn Quote
Well, I will be indoors, this is an indoor autoshow that takes place in different states during this time. I dont want to use a flash, so I was thinking about this one.

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Since you're not stuck in a fixed position and the cars don't run away, you can go with a prime or primes.

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12-24 or sigma's 10-20. the fisheye's distortion would have to be corrected and anything longer than 24mm is going to require you to stand back to frame things properly.

the 16-50 is a good choice too, it's what i use. sometimes it's not wide enough.
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If I go with a prime, I would have to go with 2.8 or faster, correct?
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Attack11,

Thanks for the info. I look get pricing on these two.
12-24 or sigma's 10-20
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If I go with a prime, I would have to go with 2.8 or faster, correct?
Speed is good regardless of whether it is prime or zoom lens. If it is indoors and depending on lighting, you may need adequate flash.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pakuchn Quote
Well, I will be indoors, this is an indoor autoshow that takes place in different states during this time. I dont want to use a flash, so I was thinking about this one.

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I used that lens for the Houston Auto Show last year, along with the 10-17 Fisheye zoom, and the 50-135 for a few shots. If you want just one, the 16-50 will serve you well.

You can see my set of pictures here.
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Autoshows can be difficult.

If it is a tightly packed show ... you will NEED a wide prime at least .... something nice and sharp and controls flare well.

After seeing the thread on the DA15 ... that is one lens I'd use for sure if i could afford it. When shooting into the sun if needed ... the images do not get washed out .... and no flare either.

For interior shots ... a fisheye can really enhance an image indeed.

a good quality zoom is more versatile ... either the Pentax 16-50 f/2.8 ... or the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 would be high on the cards.

And occasionally a longer lens can come in handy as well is used right. It's been a while since i have had a chance to get to shows ... last time though I made do with my FA50 f/1.4 .... but I really wanted a lot wider.

Oh ... circular polariser is needed for sure if outdoors.
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Why do you say "circular polariser is needed for sure if outdoors"?
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