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11-29-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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I just very recently bought my first DSLR (though I've been doing photography for awhile). I got the Pentax K-3 and am super excited for it to arrive! Does anyone have any suggestions for affordable ideal lenses for taking photographs of bands and weddings? I already have a smc PENTAX DA 50mm F1.8, and am considering a wide angle. I do plan on working in a lot of low light conditions.

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Hello and welcome to PF. I will let someone more knowledgeable on that type of photography than I answer your questions .
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Welcome to the forum, great first DSLR choice, have a look at the lens review sections here on the forum, they may help you decide.
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G'day mate and welcome to the forum

Manual focus or auto focus lenses? There are some Rokinon fast manual focus lenses at reasonable prices, but they are big lenses from what i read (at least compared to the smaller Pentax lenses, size/weight could matter in potentially crowded low light areas), image quality would be ok I suppose, others will comment. Manual focus opens the door to all sorts of older lenses at reasonable prices Pentax Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database Pentax - A/M/K, I guess you might be working at ISO 400/800/1600 maybe some of the f2 or f2.8 lenses will fit. That 50mm would be ok, but maybe too tight for lots of shots. Maybe post the question in the main lens section Pentax SLR Lens Discussion - PentaxForums.com or you may find some answers already there.


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Hi and welcome! This forum is great and this is where I learned a lot (and still do) when I got my K5. Took me forever to register and it's a good thing that you didn't take so long! As for the wide angle I guess it depends. I have the Sigma 10-20 f3.5, but it is expensive and not that fast. Older manual lenses are a great choice in terms of price, but they take getting used to and are not always easy to focus in low light situations. As the others mentionned taking a look at the reviews will give you a good idea of what your options are. Do not hesitate to take your camera at a local shop to try the lenses if they have them there. Finally, do post some pictures on this forum! You will get great feedback and it's always fun to see someone else's work!
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Yes it might also be worth looking at the Katzyeye or S bright screens, I haven't used one but have often thought about getting one for my K-5 later on, especially after I get the secong body, the K-5 will then be my specialist camera for old or manual focus lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by beachgardener Quote
G'day mate and welcome to the forum

Manual focus or auto focus lenses? There are some Rokinon fast manual focus lenses at reasonable prices, but they are big lenses from what i read (at least compared to the smaller Pentax lenses, size/weight could matter in potentially crowded low light areas), image quality would be ok I suppose, others will comment. Manual focus opens the door to all sorts of older lenses at reasonable prices Pentax Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database Pentax - A/M/K, I guess you might be working at ISO 400/800/1600 maybe some of the f2 or f2.8 lenses will fit. That 50mm would be ok, but maybe too tight for lots of shots. Maybe post the question in the main lens section Pentax SLR Lens Discussion - PentaxForums.com or you may find some answers already there.
Thank you for all the responses!! They are all super helpful! I will definitely be investigating the lens reviews, looking into older lenses, and I look forward to posting some pictures once my camera arrives!!
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and I look forward to posting some pictures
No worries, look forward to seeing them. The Tamron 17-50 might be a good starting point if a f2.8 lens is ok. It is a fair bit cheaper than the Pentax 16-50, and pops up on the Photographic Equipment for Sale thread.
Save up for some really nice fast primes carl zeiss, pentax, voigtlander, at least that is what I am trying to do .

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/130-lens-sample-photo-archive/162072-tamr...spherical.html

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/31955-tammy-club-152.html


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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF, Squeakfish ... Hope to see some K-3 images soon! Salut, J
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