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11-08-2012, 08:08 PM   #1
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Hi, everyone. I visit here every now and then and lurk, so I thought it was time to join up.

I've had a K10D for about 10 years. I've used it almost exclusively for outdoor photography, but with a baby on the way I am looking to get some prime lenses for shooting indoor. All I have right now is a Tamron 18-250. We have a Canon G11 that was pretty decent for in-home pics, but it recently decided not to work anymore

I look forward to reading everyone's thoughts about different lenses, and hopefully buying some lenses through the B/S/T forum.

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Hello BlackTalon, Welcome to the Forum!
I own a K10D also, and found that with manual-focus lenses, it became necessary to buy a split-prism focusing screen. The regular screen just wasn't cutting it, and this seems to be true for most digital cameras.
If you stick to A/F lenses, it's not as much of a problem, but still does pop up occasionally. Particularly with macro and under difficult (dim) lighting conditions, the A/F function needs help.
That issue aside, I'd suggest a 50mm f1.7 or 1.8 for your first lens. Nice angle of view, good for portraits and low-light situations, like indoors. A fully-manual "M" will cost about $50-$75, an "A" (auto-aperture, manual focus) between $75-$100. Auto focus "F". "FA", "DA" will run $200-$250.
From the fifty, you could build in each direction, generally halving or doubling the focal length. A 24mm or 28mm, then a 100mm to 135mm. All f2.8 or faster.
Over time you might want to squeeze in a 15mm, 35mm and a 70mm, 77mm or 85mm, depending upon your budget, of course. A 200mm is handy for longer-range shots.
Of course, you could fill in spots with a shorter range zoom, but f2.8 zooms are pretty expensive and I've always preferred primes for low light conditions and ultimate sharpness.
Good Luck!

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Ron, thank you so much for the lens advice -- it sounds like a good approach. I will look for a 50mm first.

I hear you about the manual focus. That's the one think I have always had issues with on this camera. I was used to the great manual focus screens on the old Pentax 35mm cameras; they were much, much better. I use manual focus a bot when shooting around the garden, etc., and often get disappointing results becuase I was off a tiny bit. This would be a worthwhile investment for me.
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