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12-24-2006, 12:59 PM   #1
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DSLR Newbie here asking for advice

Well, after a few days of researching different entry-level DSLRs heavily, I have decided to get a K100D (body only) for about $434 after $50 rebate. Now, I have a budget of about $1500 for everything that I need, so that means I have about a grand or so to spend on lenses. This is where I am totally confused despite reading multiple reviews. I'd like to use this camera for taking awesome up-close macro shots (so I guess it'd make sense to get a good macro lens). I also would like to take general scenery shots, and, in time, shots at things like football games. Other than a macro lens, I'm not sure what other 1 or 2 lenses that would suit me and my budget, so I ask for some advice. Thanks in advance!

12-24-2006, 01:11 PM   #2
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Pentax D-FA 100mm (1:1 Macro)

21520 Pentax D-FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro Auto Focus Lens with Hood - U.S.A.

and an all around lens for everything in between

777109 Sigma 18mm - 200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Autofocus Aspherical Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras

leaves u enough money to buy a UV filter, and some other accessories
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sigma 17 x 70mm zoom.. sigma 105mm macro.. sigma 70 x 300mm zoom..

that should come close to taking up your 1000 dollars..

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QuoteOriginally posted by trog100 Quote
sigma 17 x 70mm zoom.. sigma 105mm macro.. sigma 70 x 300mm zoom..

that should come close to taking up your 1000 dollars..

trog
you might want to check out the sigma 70mm macro as it can second as a good portriat lens.... about the perfect focal length for this...
the above sounds like good choices...

good luck

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For the money I have to second Trog's offerings to your quest.

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Thanks for the help guys... the package that Trog offered seems great, however, all 3 lenses are out of stock currently at sigma4less.com, so I guess I'll have to try somewhere else (for more money however).
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For your macro, I'd go with the Tamron 90mm f2.8. Great macro lens, also a good short telephoto and a good portrait lens.
I'd get the Pentax DA 50-200 as a telephoto zoom and if you can find one, an FA 50mm 1.4, if you can't find a new FA 50 1.4 you can sometimes find an A 50 1.4 or 1.7 second hand at KEH or eek bay. You will lose the autofocus capability but still have automatic aperture.
I would actually get the 18-55. It is a very good lens for the money. Much better than the usual run of "kit" lenses. If you really don't want to go with the kit, get the Pentax DA 16-45. That will cover the wider end for you until you find out what your favorite focal lenghts are.

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the tamron 18 x 200mm plus the tamron 90mm macro would make a nice set up..

the 18 x 200 super zoom is way way better than those who dont have one think it is.. add the super sharp fast shorter primes at a later date if u feel the need..

the cheaper tamron 70 x 300 cant really be faulted for the money either..

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just a caveat concerning the sigma 18-125/200

QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
For your macro, I'd go with the Tamron 90mm f2.8. Great macro lens, also a good short telephoto and a good portrait lens.
I'd get the Pentax DA 50-200 as a telephoto zoom and if you can find one, an FA 50mm 1.4, if you can't find a new FA 50 1.4 you can sometimes find an A 50 1.4 or 1.7 second hand at KEH or eek bay. You will lose the autofocus capability but still have automatic aperture.
I would actually get the 18-55. It is a very good lens for the money. Much better than the usual run of "kit" lenses. If you really don't want to go with the kit, get the Pentax DA 16-45. That will cover the wider end for you until you find out what your favorite focal lenghts are.

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i have the sigma 18-125 appr. 22-190 in 35mm terms). this lens is very well reputed and it delivered some very fine results..... yet, i'm unhappy since this autumn when i used this otherwise perfect everyday lens (when you want only one lens to carry around) as there is severe pincushoning at the wide end when the motif is near. for documentation purposes i took pictures of a couple of billboards and found this effect on each one of them. i can imagine that the 18-200 will behave similarily. the pentax 18-55mm ("kit") lens doesn't show this effect, so i switched. the sigma 18-125 is otherwise very good also at 18mm for landscapes.
if you can afford it (in the U.S. you have rebates we europeans never get...), try the pentax 16-45mm/f4.0, its one of the best"standard" lenses.
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Buy the Pentax 18-55 kit lens (it focuses really close at 55mm). Good enough that I bought my K10D with it. Even though I already had 16-45. Buy the 50-200 Pentax. Can't be beat for the price. Grab the DFA 100 Pentax macro. This should be close to $1500. Great all around kit. Enjoy.
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all this lens talk does make one realize just where the money goes thow.. its isnt the entry level dslr body..

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QuoteOriginally posted by Retnuhrace Quote
Well, after a few days of researching different entry-level DSLRs heavily, I have decided to get a K100D (body only) for about $434 after $50 rebate. Now, I have a budget of about $1500 for everything that I need, so that means I have about a grand or so to spend on lenses. This is where I am totally confused despite reading multiple reviews. I'd like to use this camera for taking awesome up-close macro shots (so I guess it'd make sense to get a good macro lens). I also would like to take general scenery shots, and, in time, shots at things like football games. Other than a macro lens, I'm not sure what other 1 or 2 lenses that would suit me and my budget, so I ask for some advice. Thanks in advance!
Sounds like you like macro work, I shoot the Pentax FA 100/2.8 with VERY good results - have you thought about going with the new K10d with 18-55 pkg with it and then this 100 macro would still give you a little shopping around to maybe find a mid range zoom for later and would be a great system to build to
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Ok, so I have a full cart at Beach Camera. I have the K100D body with the 18-55 kit lens for $557 (before $50 rebate). I have the Pentax P-D FA 100mm 2.8 Macro lens for $489 (before $100 rebate). I have the Pentax DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED for $230 (before $50 rebate). I have an accessory kit thingy (with batteries and memory and other things) for $150. Here's where I'm confused however. I was going to get the 3 pack of filters (UV, polarizer, FLD) for $50, however do I need both the 49mm (as it suggests for the 100mm macro) and 52mm (as it suggests for the 50-200) packs? I'm all new to this stuff, so I'm not sure.

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You don't need the filters for macro work. In fact except for a polarizing filter, which I use to cut water and sun glare, I'd stay away from filters completely. Many say that you need a UV filter to protect the front element, but this is a hold over from the old film days when lens coatings were quite soft. Nowadays these coatings are quite hard and you don't need the filter to protect the front element. Use the hood for that instead. I'll probably start a storm of controversy with this as people feel strongly both ways. My suggestion is to wait a while, read up all you can on filters and then make a decision. In any event save the $50 for that filter pack. A good circular polarizing filter costs at least that much alone. As far as I'm concerned it doesn't make sense to put a poopy cheap $20 filter on an excellent $450 lens.

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I agree with the previous about the need for filters - A polarizer is important but everything else is ususally done in photoshop these days with much more control! My FA-100 is 58 mm though for filter size - I have had it for a few years and guess things can change but check your specs before you buy smaller ones - my opinion (which is virtually worthless) is that a uv filter just gives one something else to clean!! I just caught myself on an omission though - I don't do much scenic but a graduated neutral density is something to look into - the square gels work nicely and can just be hand held in front of the lens for adjustment.
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