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04-28-2014, 12:19 AM   #1
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Little help for a newbie!

Hi to everyone.
I bought a k-50 two weeks ago with the kit 18-55mm and a smc DA 50mm and of course i am still learning the basics.
My question is (... maybe it's dumb): I'm going to a trip to London next week and i don't know which lens should i use to take "transitional" holiday photos... The 18-55 has zoom and is quite wide but the 50mm has better quality..
Any tips?
Please keep it as simple as possible
Thank you

04-28-2014, 12:30 AM   #2
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Take both. There will be times when the versatility of the zoom will win, especially in tight London streets. But the 50mm will be better in those dimly lit pubs.
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Don't worry about the sharpness of the lens (the small difference between the two lenses won't "ruin" your shots) - concern yourself with getting the shots in focus and a nice composition.
As Sandy said - just think of the 50 as a low light lens - that should be sufficient.
04-28-2014, 02:58 AM   #4
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I always carry my 18-135 and 50 with me as you never know you might need to take wide or zoomed shots,I use the 50 for street and other stuff.Its great for low light.Enjoy your trip ^_^

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To put it neatly: perhaps the fast fifty won't give you the width you want, but it might give you the speed you need
04-28-2014, 03:53 AM   #6
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definitely take both.use the 18-55 when walking outside, and switch to the da50 for indoor shots or when light is low. its not like the da50 will take much room in your bag
04-29-2014, 12:27 AM   #7
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Very nice tips!!
Thank you all for your advices.
I hope i will return with some nice photos to post in this forum
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F1.8 vs about f5.6 at 50mm for the zoom, and so small you're certainly able to have it on your person somewhere. Enjoy the trip!

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Yep, what the others said. The nice thing about that 50 (and the DA 35 F2.4) is that they are small. Whenever I go out shooting, I mount whatever it is I want to use that day on my K-50, then just put the 50 or 35 in my sweatshirt pocket. One of the threads in the forum led me to a seller on ebay named "heavystar" -- very reasonable prices for knockoff hoods (if you're looking for one) for a ton of lenses. I picked one up for my DA 50 F1.8 that was a screw in type, made of metal, with a cap on the end. I paid a total of $9 for it w/shipping, and it's still plenty small enough to drop in the front pocket of a hoodie.
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Take both but I'm sure you might use the 18-55mm kit more as a wide lens for me is always needed. Wide specially for landscapes or to get more of the scenery in (the photo). Plus the kit lens isn't so bad.
If you want to get artsy or shots that you think are important or would want to get large prints for, then use the 50mm and just zoom out with you feet.
The kit would be a great walk around lens though and would save you from changing lenses all the time which also will get you quick shots and not lose a shot from changing lenses.
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Also make sure your auto-ISO is enabled when indoors (100-3200). That way you can keep your shutter speeds high. You can always PP some of the noise away but the blurred photos from slow shutter speed is almost a ruined pic.

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