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10-04-2013, 10:17 AM   #16
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I'd have to agree. Utilizing a prime with a toddler is extremely difficult and constricting to say the least. My son is 14.5 months and he is all over. I got more useable shots when he was younger and less mobile.

I would second a zoom. I have a M-50 1.4 & A-50 1.2 as well as M-28 2.8 & Gem M-135 2.8 which I use far less if at all for my son. My tamron 17-50 f2.8 lives on my k-r/k-5. I have lots that I have not gotten a chance to upload (the 5% keepers). You can see a handful here: Baby Noah - a set on Flickr

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My local kijiji has an ad for the Tamron 17-50 2.8 (a year old) for $280 (CDN). Worth jumping on? (I still think I want an autofocus prime, but agree that an upgrade from the kit zoom lens would also be very very useful.)

Is there a big difference between Tamron and Sigma lenses? (Sorry, I'm really new to the whole 'move past the kit lens' thing.)

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10-07-2013, 09:35 PM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by callmescipio Quote
My local kijiji has an ad for the Tamron 17-50 2.8 (a year old) for $280 (CDN). Worth jumping on? (I still think I want an autofocus prime, but agree that an upgrade from the kit zoom lens would also be very very useful.)
It's useful for times when you know you want to take shots, but don't know if the prime will be right for those shots. The wide aperture (for a zoom) adds some other options that the 18-55 won't do. It will work well with a flash too, using the wide aperture to let in more ambient light and allowing the flash to fire at a lower power setting.
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As a father of 8 month old and a K100D owner I think something like Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL or Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 would be very good and affordable.

I have Pentax 50mm 1.4, and while I love the photos, the 50mm on 1.5 crop factor make me step back pretty far. A lot of Kodak moments go untaken. I think something in 28-35mm range would be more useful. I also don't like to haul heavy lens as the camera with AA batteries is pretty heavy.

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I have zero information for you but, as a newbie with squiggly children, wanted to thank you for asking this question.
11-05-2013, 10:29 PM   #21
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I'll second the 28-75 tamron. I picked a used one up cheap recently and got a chance to actually use it for the first time this last weekend - a small number of sample shots here: Flickr
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FA50/1.4 has been the run-to for me through the lives of my now 6 1/2 and 4 1/2 year olds. I like the slightly longer aspect the 50 gives over (say) 28 and 35mm focal length as you can keep back from the action and avoid the 'typical' ruining the moment by being a focal point of the kids. Even longer has had a decent run on my kids over the years, something about being able to capture them without having any idea you are watching...

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Anyway just trying to say you don't need to be right up in the lil ratbags faces to get a good shot of them doing their kid thing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ben78 Quote
Anyway just trying to say you don't need to be right up in the lil ratbags faces to get a good shot of them doing their kid thing.
Unless you're indoors.

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I, too, thank you for asking this question. I had a K200D and no matter what AF lens I used (F50/1.7, DA70, 18-55, Tamron 70-300) it seemed to be too slow to capture my toddler in focus reliably. I tried the MF A 50/f2 with catch-in focus but that didn't get me any greater percentage of keepers. My best bet was to do what Andi Lo suggested above: pre-focus to an area, use aperature in 2.5-3.2 range, and continuous shutter release, and hope for the best.

I now have a K-5 and the focus is faster for any lens, as is very fast with the DA35. BUT, I agree with others that 35mm is too wide for kid shots. I feel like I'm shoving the camera in their faces and altering their behavior too much (hence, my DA35 for sale here!). I'm going to try a DA50 once I sell my DA35.
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With kids zooms are handy cos most kids are moving a lot. Fixed 50mm is good especially in low light but can be too tele inside sometimes. Mostly i use FA 50 or tamron 17-50 sometimes also da 55-300 or tamron 28-75. In kids party i like tamron 18-200 cos no need to changelens.
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Another Idea?

Here's an alternative lens that should work pretty well; The Pentax F 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro zoom. This little gem sells regularly on eBay for about $50.00 USD. Plenty of members have and love this lens, myself included. It has about the fastest AF action of any Pentax lens I've ever seen and it's accurate focusing, too. Hardly bigger than a 50mm prime, a useful 'kids' focal range and a very handy 'Macro' (actually close-focus) function at the 70mm end.
Drawbacks? Well, it's not super-fast in aperture, but most of my shots are in the f/4-5.6 range anyway. Not quite as sharp at 70mm as in the shorter FL's. It's a bit noisy in AF, buzzing to the exact focus in a split-second, stopping so quickly it seems unreal. Wrrrrr-clunk! Beep. Just like that, or maybe a little faster.
A fun, compact and unassuming lens with genuine personality, for a bargain price. Try one!
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QuoteOriginally posted by rbefly Quote
Here's an alternative lens that should work pretty well; The Pentax F 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro zoom. This little gem sells regularly on eBay for about $50.00 USD. Plenty of members have and love this lens, myself included. It has about the fastest AF action of any Pentax lens I've ever seen and it's accurate focusing, too. Hardly bigger than a 50mm prime, a useful 'kids' focal range and a very handy 'Macro' (actually close-focus) function at the 70mm end.
Drawbacks? Well, it's not super-fast in aperture, but most of my shots are in the f/4-5.6 range anyway. Not quite as sharp at 70mm as in the shorter FL's. It's a bit noisy in AF, buzzing to the exact focus in a split-second, stopping so quickly it seems unreal. Wrrrrr-clunk! Beep. Just like that, or maybe a little faster.
A fun, compact and unassuming lens with genuine personality, for a bargain price. Try one!
JMO,
Ron
I actually sold off this lens for a FA 28-70 f4 lens. I'm actually beating myself up for not keeping it and having both. I use the FA as a walk around lens but it seems a lil slower to focus and is slightly bigger. Didn't use either with my children. Will have to see. May have to just pick up another 35-70.

I agree with what many have said about creating distance (longer FL) to capture kids in action but this generally is outdoors. Plus this is older children. >3 yrs old and you can't let them out of your sight and are usually within 10ft or less. My two are both under 2. I look forward to letting them just go and play and I can capture them in their splendor.
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Aaaagh, what is it about my favourite lens for this kind of situation that makes people always forget it?

Get yourself a Pentax 40 f2.8 XS - small and ignore able, quick and quiet focussing, cheap to buy, great IQ. What's not to like?
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As you've probably gathered by now there's no right answer. I like primes, especially FA primes, they get me excited about taking photos so for me they're the right answer

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I don't see what's wrong with the 50/1.7, I have the F version and absolutely love it. Me being stubborn have only shot in manual mode and am really happy with the images I've produced. While they may not be kids, it's my go to lens when out at dog training:



If you can find an F 50 f1.7 or even FA I'd go for that. I've found that they're really reasonably priced if one comes available.
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