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09-06-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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Hello From Rochester NY

Hey there just got my first Pentax K 30 Love it.. But, wondering about zoom lenses. went on vacation found my self using my point and shoot canon more due to the zoom factor alone.. any suggestions what to buy?

also to do portraits I have a family session coming up in October looking for something affordable

09-06-2014, 03:12 PM   #2
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I'd say that it depends on what you want to do that would determine your zoom range preferences. I have a 16-45/4 that is almost always attached to whichever body I own at any time, but that's because it suits my shooting style - not portraits! My wife shoots almost exclusively with a 50-200, while some people like the 55-300. For portraits many folks may even prefer a fixed focal length lens, but zoom lenses are super-convenient. If you're really not sure, the 50-200 is not expensive, so worth trying out and just selling if it doesn't work for you - you won't lose too much. The forum is a wonderful place to get used lenses at fair prices, and there are sometimes good bargains to be had, and I've sold lenses that I've tried out for the same price, which becomes very do-able if you buy well to begin with. Enjoy experimenting!
09-06-2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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Welcome from Syracuse.

I was just in Sodus looking for shore birds.
09-06-2014, 04:39 PM   #4
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Welcome also from Watertown, NY

My walk around lens was/is the Pentax 18-250. Over the past couple of months I've been shooting portraits/head shots with a 50mm and tamron 90mm macro using off camera flash.

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Hello. I am also in Rochester.

I would strongly recommend the 18-135 for vacations. It is light, good for wide angle to short tele, and weather resistant.

For your first portrait lens for family event, look to find an inexpensive 50 mm f/1.7. A longer lens would be better but will cost more.

Of course, it all depends on your budget, but I would guess if you start with these two you won't regret it.

09-07-2014, 01:27 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum, I know nothing about zoom lenses so I'll let other folk talk to you about that.

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