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07-31-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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hi new to Pentax forum..have a K-x newbie

Hi everybody....new to this...have a K-x............love it .............however my daughter does equestrian events and I need help to buy an inexpensive but good lens to take action shots....show jumping, x-country and dressage.....normally I am a distance away ....can anyone help as to which size and type of lens I should buy?
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Welcome to the forum, it's not the easiest of sports to cover, as you say, your back a way and the subjects are pretty fast moving and large.

A fastish 200 mm or longer would IMHO be a good place to start and try and get a close to action as possible while being safe.

P.S. Not teaching you to suck eggs, but just a reminder no flash near horses, as a startled horse and rider can lead to serious accidents.
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My daughter is doing 4H shows and I am on a similar learning curve. Her events have all been indoors which has been a challenge with the low lighting but if you are outdoors and can prefocus on a jump or particular part of the arena where an interesting bit of action will happen with (if everything is smiling on you) you will be way ahead of the game. A long lens and a good CPL will rock it for you. I've even used an old Pentax A 70-210 f4 and achieved good results but the CPL was critical for this because it also helped cut down the CA issues.

A site I found that may be helpful as well is at Four Winds Photography's Blog | Just another WordPress.com weblog. This blogger is very experienced and has a ton of great info. I also discovered that using flash around horses is not the big no no that I had previously assumed. It mostly depends upon the folks running the event and getting their permission. My daughter's horse has no issues at all with flash so when I get a better set up I am going to approach the event coordinators about setting up some lighting like the fellow in the blog does.
Have fun and welcome to the forums!

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