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01-20-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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Hello, Joined tonight after coming here to learn many things for my new hobby. I've always enjoyed photography and will now try to take it to the next level. I picked up a
KX in June with 18-55 and 55-300 kit lenses to start with. I'm now looking to add a faster lens for my kids performances, and to attempt concert photography.

Thanks for all the lessons you've provided so far, and will in the future I'm sure.

Regards,
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There are thousands of members here. There is always room for more.
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Thanks to both of you for your welcome from down under. I hope you're both not experiencing any of the issues with the flooding we're hearing about.

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No. We're all full. Go away.

In all seriousness, I wish I'd gotten the 300mm kit instead of the 200mm kit. Seems to be a much better lens. For fast stuff on the cheap, look for old manual primes. If you can spend a bit more, the old SMC-F and SMC-FA gear is also wonderful. Don't forget the high-ISO on the KX. It's some of the best on the market, though its slowly getting upstaged... Pefectly usable through ISO 3200, though.

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Welcome. There is a ton of great information on this site!
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QuoteOriginally posted by VooN Quote
I'm now looking to add a faster lens for my kids performances, and to attempt concert photography.
Ha!
Be prepared to spend some money. Be prepared to get 10 keeper pics out of every 100.

To take performances you need a fast lens. A fast lens is anything that is a constant f2.8 or lower. If you are looking at zooms, examples are pentax 50-135 f2.8 or sigma/tamron 70-200 f2.8 or sigma 50-150 f2.8. These are relatively big lenses.

best of luck.
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QuoteOriginally posted by VooN Quote
KX in June with 18-55 and 55-300 kit lenses to start with. I'm now looking to add a faster lens for my kids performances, and to attempt concert photography
Welcome to the forum.

You should enjoy the high ISO capabilities of the KX with your concert photography.

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Welcome to the forum! You bought the same kit a couple months ago. I've had a blast with mine. Hope you do as well.
01-23-2011, 09:19 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advice

Thanks for the friendly advice everyone. I've had the KX / Kit since June and have been reading this forum as well as others, and other books. I've picked up lots of info already but am now trying to put it all to good use. I've just picked up a F 50mm 1.7 to help with my low light shots. With this lens and the ISO capability of the KX I should be in good shape for what I do.

I think the next step is learning to use a tripod more. I know it won't be possible for concert shots but perhaps my monopod will help there.

Regards,
Kevin
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