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03-23-2013, 02:45 AM   #1
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Good auto telephoto lens for weddings

Looking to shoot a wedding(s) and already have a Tamron 28-200mm f4-22 lens (plus one other kit lens) but want a f2.8 prime auto telephoto lens that won't break my bank but will give me great results... 3D beautiful pictures... Any ideas as just bought a K5ii...?

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QuoteOriginally posted by sofiab66 Quote
Looking to shoot a wedding(s) and already have a Tamron 28-200mm f4-22 lens (plus one other kit lens) but want a f2.8 prime auto telephoto lens that won't break my bank but will give me great results... 3D beautiful pictures... Any ideas as just bought a K5ii...?
How about an SMC Pentax-FA * 85mm f1.4 lens - $1,000.
or SMC Pentax-FA* 80-200mm f2.8 - $1,500.
or SMC Pentax-DA * 50-135mm f2.8 - $900.

If you want auto focus, these are some good choices for a wedding lens.

If you can do with manual focus you could get the SMC Pentax-A 100mm f2.8 or 135mm f2.8 - Probably $100-$250.

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03-23-2013, 03:36 AM   #3
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Best budget AF f/2.8 tele zoom for Pentax is the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 you can pick them up for just over $600
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I would say that the DA*50-135mm is a good choice.

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Already the two big choices have been suggested, but for size considerations an FA 77 and FA 135 are good prime options.
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Ronhendriks1966 is right. The 50-135 is as good as a prime ! Pershaps an even more lightfull lens a DA* 55mm F1.4 for interior or A 50mm F1.7...
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I have a choice of the f2.8 50-135mm DA Pentax lens or the f3.5 18-25mm DA lens. What would one go for ideally for weddings... Limited budget unfortunately... Shouldn't I go as wide angled as possible?
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Sorry that should have been the choice between an f2.8 50-135mm Pentax DA lens and a f3.5 18-250mm Pentax DA lens?

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Well depends on the venue really. if you are shooting an outdoor wedding under blazing sun, the 18-250 will suffice, otherwise, get 2 fast prime lens, one wide the other long(Sigma 30 f1.4, Sigma 85 f1.4 maybe) . Indoors you would really benefit from a fast lens. If you prefer zooms, Tamron 17-50 f2.8 & Tamron 70-200 f2.8 combined should set you back a little under $1000. I have both and I would swear by them for weddings(as a guest, I am only an amateur). the Pentax DA*50-135 I've heard many good things about it too, but I have never owned one.
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I would think that the DA*50-135 is much more useful indoors for a wedding than most any other zoom lens, with the exception being the Sigma 70-200.

The DA 18-250 is nowhere near the same quality.
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The only thing the 50-135 can't do is wide angled group shots or venue shots. You may as well use a kit 18-55 lens for such wide angle work (shooting only at f/8-11 to maintain quality in this budget lens). For everything else, you can bet the 50-135 will be your most used lens at a wedding.
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Many thanks people..
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I would definitely go with the 50-135. You should also look for a fast prime, like the 50 1.4 for times when you really need low light performance.
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Excuse my ignorance but would the 50mm prime lens, f1.4 you have suggested only be used in manual mode. I have a K5II where I use auto focusing...
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I believe all the current Pentax lenses are auto focus. The FAs are nice primes.
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