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12-16-2010, 12:53 PM   #1
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what type of lens do i need??

I recently purchased a pentax k-x camera. I am taking stage shoots at beauty pageants and need to know what the best lens is for this job. I currently have the kit lens that came with the camera and it just does not have enough zoom to get those close shots that I want to get. I also am shooting studio head shots what is the best lens for this type of shot?? Thanks so much this is all new to me!

12-16-2010, 01:09 PM   #2
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How much money you got?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ira Quote
How much money you got?
Exactly.

With the facts given so far, the DA* 50-135mm f2.8 would work.
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Something along the lines of a 50-135mm f/2.8 or a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens would be a fairly common choice for both situations. Either would let in more light and give significantly more reach than the 18-55mm kit lens, but they are also heavier and much more expensive.

Lower cost options would include A mount and K mount manual lenses. The forum lens reviews will give you an idea of what's available and price ranges:

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Better question (imho) is "how far away are subjects?" And, "Are stage shots head only, full body, or?"
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And if you are shooting "beauty pageants" and "studio head shots" you would think you would have a better idea of needs and wants.

I know. You have to start somewhere. Bad dog! Bad, bad dog!
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If cost is an issue the Tamron 28-75 2.8 is a solid lens and about $350 less than the Pentax 50-135. The Tammy is used by a lot of wedding pros. You have to be pretty far away to need anything longer on a crop sensor camera.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mysticcowboy Quote
If cost is an issue the Tamron 28-75 2.8 is a solid lens and about $350 less than the Pentax 50-135. The Tammy is used by a lot of wedding pros. You have to be pretty far away to need anything longer on a crop sensor camera.
I was gonna say, the dam tampron is pretty dam nasty lol, that's an awesome range at decent speed.
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