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05-05-2011, 05:16 PM   #16
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That's pretty generic. Really, you'll just need to gain some experience with the kit lens(es) to get a better feel for what focal lengths interest you personally, then you can check out the list I posted to see which specific prime might suit your needs.

I really like the M 50/1.7 lens. I need to find one asap

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I would like a wider lens for some more all purpose use (especially group photos around, say, a dinner table) but would also want something that would serve me well enough in low light. I am also on a tight budget, hence the M 50/1.7 was perfect for me. I've read the posts above and seen a few lenses, but are there are recommendations on a wider lens with decent low light performance and a similar price to the M 50/1.7?
In addition to others' comments about f/2.8 really being fast enough for most situations, I'd observe that even if you got a faster lens and tried to shoot it wide open, you'd never get that whole dinner party in focus anyhow. M28/2.8 for around $50 is an easy call here, I think.
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you'd never get that whole dinner party in focus anyhow
And the lens might not even be wide enough...
The way to go would be bounced flash and an UWA...(something like the 12-24, 10-20, 14 or 15 mm).
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And the lens might not even be wide enough...
The way to go would be bounced flash and an UWA...(something like the 12-24, 10-20, 14 or 15 mm).
You're probably right about the focal range needed but none of those are what I would call 'budget lenses'. Another that might be worth considering is the Zenitar 16mm f2.8 FE (though it still may not be 'budget'). Straight on shots, on an APS-C, the fish eye effect isn't too pronounced.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
... you'd never get that whole dinner party in focus anyhow.
Probably couldn't get the whole Donner Party in focus either. Mmmm, I'm hungry. But I digress.

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Another that might be worth considering is the Zenitar 16mm f2.8 FE (though it still may not be 'budget'). Straight on shots, on an APS-C, the fish eye effect isn't too pronounced.
I think the Zen16 is around US$200 now. In the fisheye-ultrawide world, that's a real bargain. Not too long ago I saw BIN offers on eBay for 10 Zens for US$1500 shipped. So suppose to take the deal. Keep one lens. Sell the rest at US$200 each, making $1800 net. Your take is one lens and $300 profit, worth US$500 total. Not bad, eh?
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I think the Zen16 is around US$200 now. In the fisheye-ultrawide world, that's a real bargain. Not too long ago I saw BIN offers on eBay for 10 Zens for US$1500 shipped. So suppose to take the deal. Keep one lens. Sell the rest at US$200 each, making $1800 net. Your take is one lens and $300 profit, worth US$500 total. Not bad, eh?
I actually thought about doing that but thought better of the idea. Could be stuck with 10 extras for a long time as I already have one of my own. Bought it from an ebay seller of the same name, Zenitar several years ago.

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You could also try some of the lower-end FA's or F's in case you're looking for autofocus XD

for example, if you want a general zoom you can consider the F 35-80 or FA 28-90.. not that good but the range is alright

for tele there's the under-appreciated FA100-300 f/4.7-5.8 (silver not black). It's a true hidden gem in the Pentax lineup. And it's cheap (sells mostly around $100 or less!)
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