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04-29-2021, 04:50 PM - 1 Like   #16
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Hey there, I'm Alexa. A newbie photographer who has had her camera for forever and has a renewed sense of interest in learning how to use her camera after getting her best furiend.

Do you have any recommendations for a good lens for a K-50 camera for close-up photos of a dog?
You've received several good suggestions, but maybe you should try with the lens(es) you currently have. If you'd like to try something you do not own maybe you could rent or borrow from a friend something different. I have used the 18-135mm on my K70 and find it very appropriate for many shots. YMMV.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Photos-by-Chas Quote
You've received several good suggestions, but maybe you should try with the lens(es) you currently have. If you'd like to try something you do not own maybe you could rent or borrow from a friend something different. I have used the 18-135mm on my K70 and find it very appropriate for many shots. YMMV.
light-permitting it's served me well on k-30 and KP for action including AF-C tracking and it is really versatile
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Hello Alexa! I'm shooting with crop sensor as well, if you're thinking of nice portraits outdoors I can highly recommend you Pentax 50-135 f/2.8 lens! Absolutely loving this one and helps me create amazing photos.

Hope this helps Also I recently found girl on instagram who shoot with Pentax KP (crop sensor) and she's doing amazing dog photography @emese.ruzsa that's her

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Depending on what I happen to have on the camera at the time and how far away the dog is, I've used everything from 15-30 to 600mm. I'm thinking the best thing to do, assuming a novitiate, is to get a good, all-around practical lens like the 24-70, which you can use for more than just dogs. That said, I do think my best dog and cat pictures were taken with a 100mm macro lens (ignore the "macro" part, think of it as a 100mm lens with a very short minimum focal distance - you aren't required to take pictures up the dog's nostrils just because it says "macro").

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How close?

I used my 18-135 a fair amount with my dog, but if you can get close I think a lot of focal lengths will work.
The 18-135 is a good all-around performer. Lets you get far enough from the dogs they don't give you the "get out of my face with that thing" look. And it has enough reach to be useful at the dog park or getting more candid shots while they're just being dogs, not interested in you.

If you want something really special consider a used DA21mm pancake. It's great indoors, extremely sharp, and has the best contrast of any lens I've used. It's a fun little lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
The 18-135 is a good all-around performer. Lets you get far enough from the dogs they don't give you the "get out of my face with that thing" look. And it has enough reach to be useful at the dog park or getting more candid shots while they're just being dogs, not interested in you.

If you want something really special consider a used DA21mm pancake. It's great indoors, extremely sharp, and has the best contrast of any lens I've used. It's a fun little lens.
Like the original poster, I have recently bought a K-50 camera, and am interested in pet photography. I can see where an 18-135mm lens would be a great all round lens, and I believe it is also weather resistant. BTW, I love the dog photo you posted...
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That last dog shot is amazing. And yes the 18-135 looks like a good all-purpose lens. Not as wide, not as sharp as the 16-85, but smaller, lighter, and it can go tele much more. And yes, it is WR.

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