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06-13-2011, 12:01 PM   #1
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What Zoom Lens for Weddings? K5 user

Hi all,

I have an ambition to photograph at weddings and currently have the K5 kit lens; 18-55mm.

I will need a fast zoom lens to get close up shots without being 'in peoples faces' LOL!

Can anyone give me any guidance?

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fast primes like the 35 2.4 or 35 2.8 limited for the short, 50 1.7 or 1.4 mid, and 77 1.8 or sigma 85 1.4 long.

fast zooms, tammy 17-50 2.8 or pentax 16-50 2.8 and sigma 50-150 or pentax 50-135 or tammy or simga 70-200 but that might be too much reach.
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if you want to photograph weddings, try and see if you can assist a pro or someone with lots of experience. That way, you don't just stumble in without knowing how to shoot such an event.

as for fast zoom, if i had to choose just one, i'd go with a sigma 24-70 HSM. You get roughly a 35-105 field of view, which should cover most situations, a fast 2.8 aperture and silent autofocus so as to not disturb anyone during the reception.

if you dont need the wide end, i vote for the sigma 50-150 over the pentax 50-135 on the merit of the sigma having faster AF, although either one should prove to be excellent performers. In shooting events is highly demanding and you don't always have the luxury to take your time focusing and composing every single shot. Oftentimes, you just need to capture "The Moment" as quickly and efficiently as possible.

for a 2 lens setup, i say go for the pentax/sigma standard zooms (16-50, 17-50hsm) to get the silent autofocus and fast aperture and compliment it with a sigma or pentax 50-135/50-150.
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Actually I use 3 lenses for weddings. DA14 for group shots and crowds, FA*24 for the ceremony and FA*85 for arranged potraits.

But sometimes I wish I had something very silent like the DA*16-50. So go get the DA*16-50 it will cover most of the needs. For shallow DOF portraits you can get noisy again and get for example the FA77.

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Welcome to the forum Paul.
Lens choices are relatively easy for Pentax as there aren't many fast telezooms around.
Tamron and Sigma make their versions of a 70-200, and Pentax its 50-135.
Then you can also get Sigma 100-300 for more reach, but you can achieve this with a teleconverter for the Tamron 70-200.

As for advice on wedding photography, that's a much bigger and more complex beast to tackle.
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Just to start I would go with the 50-135. That will give you a good addition to the kit focal length and you will probably not need anything much further than 135mm but that will be determined after some weddings. I would also suggest upgrading the kit lens, maybe the DA* 16-50 or Tamron 17-50.
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I haven't ever shot a wedding (I've shot at weddings...) but can attest to the Tamron 17-50 2.8 being a really nice and tack sharp hunk of glass...
If my FA50-1.4 is too tight... The Tamron 17-50 2.8 goes on and I'm still smiling...

Now for that Tamron 90mm macro for more reach...
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Thanks All, I am meeting a decent Wedding photographer this Monday to see if I can start assisting. Hopefully all will go to plan. The crack up is that if I am taken on, then I will have to use one of his cameras...a Nikon! Once I get enough exposure, I am sure your advice will make greater sense.

Thanks again.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 10speeduk Quote
The crack up is that if I am taken on, then I will have to use one of his cameras...a Nikon!
That makes sense to me... Easier to do batch editing on your shots using glass he knows and trusts...
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i think its great that you're getting to shoot with his nikons, that way, you dont have to buy a ton of new glass and learn what glass would be essential for a wedding shoot. Then once you've worked with him for a while, you'll have a good idea on what kind of glass to get for your own camera =) Best of luck to you
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QuoteOriginally posted by 10speeduk Quote
The crack up is that if I am taken on, then I will have to use one of his cameras...a Nikon!
Have you told him that Nikon sucks? If you can't use proper camera, you would probably be better on your own.
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I will be the first to mention the legendary Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 (a.k.a "the wedding lens")
add a longer fast zoom with thatsuch as a 50-150 f/2.8 or 70-200 f/2.8 and a fast prime and you'll be set
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Thanks guys, I hope my meeting goes well and he takes me on. I think he uses D3s.
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Gotta say +1 with TOUGEFC...That tammy has an incredible price tag, great IQ and a fine Focal lenght for events.
I got one and it's my work horse...the thing is that you will need something wider for group shots...
a 15mm prime, 14mm or one of the 10-20ish will cover the wide table and group shots...
And if you need something for the ceremony you can start looking at a 70-200 f2,8 beast...
All three lenses can go for almost the same price of a new pentax 50-135.

Good luck.
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Note the phrase "I will have to use one of his cameras". My own advice - don't buy any kit right now, wait until you get to gig with this guy (if you do!), see what he uses and try to find out why.
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