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02-15-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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K-5 and sports

I have an oppertunity to be the school sports photographer where my children attend school. I have the K-10 and need to upgrade to either the K-5 or a simialr camera from Nikon. I like the fact that Pentax can be used in the rain, and not all DSLR's from other brands can be. I will also need to purchase new lenses. I was thinking of using the 77mm 1.8 for basketball, as i am allowed to wander all over the guym. and the 200mm 2.8 for football (soccer). I don't like zoom lenses that much.I hired the K-5 and was not impressed with the LCD screen. A pro phoographer was impressed with my lighting. I had the ISO maxed out. I have Lightroom 3 and can correct for noise. Can anyone recommend any other lenses which might be better?

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I don't think there are any SLRs that have a better screen than the K-5- they are all VGA (921,000 dot) monitors (the K10 has a 231,000 dot monitor, which is QVGA). However, I would never use live view for sports.

I would get the Tamron 70-200mm for sports instead of using two primes, if possible:
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The zoom really comes in handy at times, plus, that's what this lens is meant for!

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02-15-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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I tried the Tammy 70-200 and found it a bit too big in the gym maybe the 50-135 from Pentax might be better
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QuoteOriginally posted by dndcdr Quote
I tried the Tammy 70-200 and found it a bit too big in the gym maybe the 50-135 from Pentax might be better
A friend asked me to shoot his kids team picture in a midget league. Showed up early and I could walk around. Used a Pentax 12-24 and a Tamron 28-75.

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I have been shooting my kids basketball games and I find I like the DA* 200mm best. I switched back and forth a little the first game between the DFA 100mm and I liked the closer shots from the 200mm better. I have shot very little sports so my experience on that end is very limited. Just sold my Canon today and was able to order the 60-250, I will be curious to see how it does. If you want to see some of the pictures from the 200 vs the 100 they are in this flickr album.
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The perspective from your pictures look good Brooke. I am going to have to leave the stands and start getting a little more interesting perspective.
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The perspective from your pictures look good Brooke. I am going to have to leave the stands and start getting a little more interesting perspective.
This is the sport I mostly shoot and being able to get close during rehearsals is better than any long glass. I was kneeling between curtains, just off stage, almost got taken out by a leaping Prince Charming. Close is good.
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here is a pic i took at a tournament my daughter's team was in. I have yet to run t he imager through PP and noise filter. i used a k-5 i hired with the tammy 70-200mm 2.8

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I tried to post an image I took, but I don't know what I am doing wrong. I will be using LR-3 for PP and I think I will go with the 50-200mm for basketball.
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