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04-15-2011, 08:09 AM   #1
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OK, I am looking at adding to my len collection but, wanted to get some suggestion on what I should get. I am going to shot a wedding in August, other wise I shoot nature, portriats, landscape. Here is what I have:
K-X
K20D
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35-80
16-55
18-55
50-200
50-300

Thanks for any suggestions.

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by 16-55 do you mean the 16-50 F2.8?

If so I'd look to complement it with a fast portrait lens, or portrait length zoom. The DA 70, or DA * 50-135 would help fill in that gap. Your telephotos are just a bit slow, is all.
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Sorry typo it is another 18-55 DAL 1:3.5-5.6
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For a wedding you look short of a couple of things. depends on the budget you have but a low budget recommendation would be
FA 50 f1.4 - low light available light shots (ie no flash in the church for example)
Sigma 10-20 f3.5 for wider shots and groups
tamron 28-70f2.8, couple to portrait length
You don't mention a Flash but you will need a good one, Metz 48/50/58 are all excellent and the Sigma EF500/530 as well. Finally Pentax AF540

the speed on these lenses will allow a fair bit of available light shooting which is popular, but Flash will be needed a fair bit. If you don't want to buy it all there are also rental options out there

Going to the higher end
Pentax 16-50
Pentax 50-135
FA50 1.4 for low light (though any FA limited could be subbed, with some low light performance loss in favour of pixie dust performance)
Flash the same options really

Use the kx and 20 d keep the D in the bag in case of failure. leave the bigger/Kit lenses at home

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Thanks for the input, going to look into your suggestion.
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QuoteOriginally posted by emetcalf Quote
Thanks for the input, going to look into your suggestion.
CameraLensRentals.com - Canon, Nikon and Pentax Lens Rentals.

is the cheapest route to have top flight gear with low investment

Af 540, FA50 1.4, 16-50 2.8, 50-135 2.8 Flash Power packIII

4 days $121
7 days $159

Of course it may end up being the expensive option if it fuels LBA

I wish we had a good rental like this in Canada. I'd have to rent canon or nikon, and then add a body batteries etc as well

you could also tack in a k5 to try for an additional 85-115 (4day/7day)

Buying the same kit would set you back $2650 at BH photo right now
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I have been checking price on these that where suggested and I am in no way going to be able to get them all, maybe one or two. I will look into the rental, I wish we had a Camera Store here locally, I have to drive and hour to get to a store that even carries Pentax. Thanks again for all the information it is greatly appreciated. This will be my first wedding a little neverous about it, but I do not want to disappoint the Bride and Groom. I remember when I got married and was disappointed in the pictures, and not exactly the quality but the small things, crooked veil, items in background of portriats, no one else really noticed just me. I guess I am too picky...LOL
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Good Luck with it. I've no desire to shoot weddings and have in fact turned down a few.

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I would suggest to keep it simple and use your photo skills with equipment you know and trust.
I'm only an (advanced) amatuer and I prefer to shoot nature, landscapes, and family parties. A God-daughter asked me to be THE photographer at her wedding. Of course I had to say yes. I used my K10D, Sigma 17-70, AF360FGZ mounted on a Stroboframe Flip bracket. It worked out just fine.
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Well, I have been able to increase my lens collection. But, not the ones really suggested. I just came across some good deals and wanted to get some more experience with different lens. Here is what I have now:
Sunpak Auto 444 D Flash
35-80mm 4-5.6
28-90mm 3.5-5.6
28-70mm 1:3.5-4.5
70-300mm 4-5..6 (Macro)
2 - 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6
50-200mm 1:4-5.6

Still keeping an eye out for the ones suggested.
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Your lenses are almost all zoom. You should consider some prime lenses, especially for fast lenses. The FA Ltd lenses are quite remarkable. A fast fifty lens (~50mm f1.4) would be great addition for low light, while the FA31mm f1.8 is an excellent (wide but not too wide) prime with good low light capability.

Pentax has some superb prime lenses with outstanding IQ and it would be be pity to 'ignore' these.

Food for thoughts.
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I have been keeping my eye out for a 50mm f1.4 but so far it has been out of my price range. Thanks for the input.
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Just as another suggestion. If you don't mind manual focus, try to find one of these;
SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm F3.5 Reviews - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database
Just got one recently and am definitely liking it more the more I use it....:-)
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If the budget runs to it, get a FA31 F1.8, if not go for FA50 F1.4, if you can't run to that I would stick with what you have, and save until you can get one, in the end the quality will show and last a lifetime, better to do without for a while than settle for second best. Good luck, best wishes.
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You're going to spend all this money and all this time looking at glass over the next few years. Just get it over with now.
28-75 f/2.8 constant
70-200 f/2.8 constant

Throw in a a fast prime if you need a wider angle on the low end. Eventually....this is what you're going to end up with anyway.
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