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01-30-2014, 05:42 AM   #1
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K30 and a lens for kids hockey/ soccet

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Has anyone had success shooting sports with the K 30 and the DA 50-135..2.8?
I know I need a fast lens. These seems to measure up. I'm usually close to the action. I shoot other stuff as well and this lens gets great reviews. It's really for grandkids hockey ( mostly indoor) and outdoor soccer. Seems to be way lighter than the Sigma 70-200 which I'm also considering. I do like the weather sealed component of the Pentax lens.

01-30-2014, 06:55 AM   #2
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Especially for soccer, the extra reach of a 70-200 (I use the Tamron model) will come in very handy. As for hockey you probably don't need quite the reach, but the f2.8 is essential. Good luck!
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For outdoor sports go for more reach and save some money and look at the DA 55-300, great IQ and great range for soccer, baseball, volleyball, etc.. The K30's great high ISO performance enables some indoor use also.
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If you are indoor and shooting sports, fast autofocus is more important than weathersealing. Given that you find the weight of the 70-200 to be a big of a downside, perhaps consider the Sigma 50-150 F2.8 HSM (used). It has fast autofocus, is reputed to be as sharp as the DA*50-135, and is lighter and smaller than the 70-200.

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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
If you are indoor and shooting sports, fast autofocus is more important than weathersealing. Given that you find the weight of the 70-200 to be a big of a downside, perhaps consider the Sigma 50-150 F2.8 HSM (used). It has fast autofocus, is reputed to be as sharp as the DA*50-135, and is lighter and smaller than the 70-200.
I can vouch for the Sigma 50-150 II!
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I have used both the Pentax 18-135 and the Tamron 70-200 and my best results have been from the Tamron. I invested in a monopod for shooting cross country , indoor track and hockey and it made a great improvement in the final results . You should consider the Tammy or Sigma and invest another 40-50 bucks on a monopod for best results .
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
If you are indoor and shooting sports, fast autofocus is more important than weathersealing. Given that you find the weight of the 70-200 to be a big of a downside, perhaps consider the Sigma 50-150 F2.8 HSM (used). It has fast autofocus, is reputed to be as sharp as the DA*50-135, and is lighter and smaller than the 70-200.
Sounds great but I went on the Sigma site and it does not appear to me that this lens has a Pentax mount, the 70-200 does.
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For outdoor sports go for more reach and save some money and look at the DA 55-300, great IQ and great range for soccer, baseball, volleyball, etc.. The K30's great high ISO performance enables some indoor use also.
Thanks for the advice, will certainly consider. I see they just came out with a WR version of this lens too. Have you specifically shot with this body/ lens combo ?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jim Peszek Quote
Thanks for the advice, will certainly consider. I see they just came out with a WR version of this lens too. Have you specifically shot with this body/ lens combo ?
I shoot with a K30 and DAL 55-300. The 55-300 is great for soccer & baseball games. I found I needed the reach to cover the field and the 55 end for when the soccer action gets closer. For baseball the 55-300 is great from the stands. For indoor volleyball I have shoot my 55-300 form the bleachers and my 18-135 from the floor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jim Peszek Quote
Sounds great but I went on the Sigma site and it does not appear to me that this lens has a Pentax mount, the 70-200 does.
Yes, unfortunately you will either need to find it used (occasionally on this forum) or refurbed (once a while on Sigma's site).
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I'll vote for the Tamron. It is stunning (optically). It feels like it's made out of old trash cans, though. Noisy (but quick) screw drive. I bought the Tamron for an event, intending to sell it along afterwards. I fell in love with it and gladly carry it with me all the time. The Sigma takes nice shots too, but after examining many samples, I think the Tamron has something special. Also, the Tamron goes to 1:3 magnification, perfect for butterflies and such.

55-300 is nice, too, and WR. You probably need both.
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Only drawback to the 55-300 is it is slow on the 300 end . Not too bad up to 200 but too slow after that . So if the light is not perfect it will be a push . Great lens for a long walk around ! I second Kozlok on the Tamron recommendation . Be warned it does have a learning curve due to its shallow DOF. Many misses at first but when it hits Bingo.
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I would definitely suggest the 50-130 for hockey because you want something that can shoot up close as well.
If you want to go for a telephoto I would suggest a sigma because they are inexpensive and well built.
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I have found that even with the the kit lens 18-55mm you can take pretty good pictures of kids doing sport and maintain a high shutter speed to capture the action and you don't have to worry about a tripod etc. with a longer zoom lens. With a 14MP image you can selectively crop and still come up with some great pictures.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Astroviz Quote
I have found that even with the the kit lens 18-55mm you can take pretty good pictures of kids doing sport and maintain a high shutter speed to capture the action and you don't have to worry about a tripod etc. with a longer zoom lens. With a 14MP image you can selectively crop and still come up with some great pictures.
Yup exactly. Actually it's 16MP but I think most people need the wider aperture for fast shutter speeds so it's easier to capture the action. A kit lens is viable but ISO needs to be bumped.
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