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05-28-2013, 04:13 AM   #1
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Hello from Perth

I am new to DSLR photography. I got my Pentax K-5 with 18-135 kit lens last year and have been experimenting and having fun with it. I would like to learn as much as I can and move to prime lenses gradually. I would love go back to my home Country Nepal and shoot a lot of Mountains and its beautiful art and culture. I would be glad if someone could suggest me with a starting lens for a prime lens shooting learning.
Have a great day everyone.
-Sudip

05-28-2013, 04:34 AM   #2
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Hi Sudip and welcome.

You've started with a great camera and zoom lens combination, one that I use a lot myself. Which prime lens to start experimenting with is a decision you should make on the basis of what you might do with it, and what you want to get out it. There will be different possibilities for each answer you give to those questions.

If we start with the assumption that you want to use your camera's automatic settings while you concentrate on composition and lighting, then you could select a lens from one of the many DA, FA or F Pentax lenses, of present and past eras. Budget may be a consideration, too, but you don't need to restrict yourself to secondhand lenses if you don't want to spend too much, depending on what focal length and maximum aperture suits your purpose – Pentax makes some well-regarded budget primes, but only in 35 and 50mm focal lengths. Of course, if you want to learn manual control, you can pick up some fine older lenses very inexpensively.

So, further advice will really depend on your answers to those questions: what subjects will you concentrate on, what aspects do you wish to learn about, and what budget do you have in mind? Over to you.
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Welcome to the forum, good to have you on board with us.
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Welcome Sudip. Another from the great Southern Land. Seeing your from Perth, I expect some photos of roses, throw in some bees, the odd fly and lots of water drops. They seem to be better in Perth, hey Em.

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Hi Sudip
I'm also a K-5 user from Perth...so, welcome neighbour!
A good suggestion is to look at what focal length most of your photos with the 18-135 are taken at and then look for a prime in that range...
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Welcome to the forum, I would recommend a nifty fifty, cheap and brilliant.
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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF ... the M 50/1.7 is great & cheap ... good luck & have fun with your gear ... J
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Thank you all for a warm welcome and all the nice suggestions!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sudip Quote
I am new to DSLR photography. I got my Pentax K-5 with 18-135 kit lens last year and have been experimenting and having fun with it. I would like to learn as much as I can and move to prime lenses gradually. I would love go back to my home Country Nepal and shoot a lot of Mountains and its beautiful art and culture. I would be glad if someone could suggest me with a starting lens for a prime lens shooting learning.
Have a great day everyone.
-Sudip
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