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12-19-2009, 06:25 PM   #16
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Perfect.

Small and good price.

Thank you.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pakuchn Quote
Thank you all. And which lens should I get to be able to take pictures in low indoor lights of kids, dinners, etc. I have a $800 limit.
Well now that's a much broader question and you will not get consistent answers.

If it were me, my order of preference would be
FA35f2 Not on the Pentax site but usually available online
Sigma 28 f1.8 Wider and fast
FA50f1.4 Good low light but maybe to long (not wide enough)
FA43 f1.9 (similar to 50mm but sharper and renders better)

All should fit the budget (Check Adorama, Amazon or B&H) If you buy from Adorama, We'll provide you a link that supports this site.
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Thanks Peter Zack
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
There are no lenses that are autofocus lenses but don't autofocus on a given camera (well, except for a couple of newer lenses that won't autofcous on older cameras).
And 1 older lens that won't autofocus on any camera except the ME-F. You may never see one for sale, but don't expect the SMC Pentax-AF 35-70mm F2.8
to autofocus on modern cameras.

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As you'll see if you browse the doznes of other threads on this sbject (and please do this!), different people have different preferences for low light shooting.

I personally use the DA40/2.8 for this. Sure, it's not as fast as used to be necessary shoot low light on film when ISO 400 was the highest you dared go, but on modern DSLR's, f/2.8 is fine, and 40mm is a better focal length than 50mm on digital. Plus the DA40 focuses amazingly fast. Others find 40mm still too long, and go with a 35, 31, 30, or 28 instead (and I use a 28 also - an old MF one that easily available for well under $100). Others insist on having something faster than f/2.8, but I find DOF so shallow as to not be worth it most of the time - and like I said, ISO 1600 and f/2.8 is a perfectly usable combinationfor me.

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I would suggest go wide as usually indoors are cramped and a 50mm just might not be wide enough.
A 35mm might be fine but a 28mm would be better.
Better yet, try your kit lens first indoors if you have it (18-55mm).
Test it out with shots you would be making indoors so you know at which focal length you actually need, since it is an 18mm-55mm.
Try the full wide 18mm if that gives you the framing you need, then rack up the zoom to 28mm and see if that framing still works, then 35mm then 50mm.
If you think that you will be happy with the framing of the 50mm, then you can get the 50 f1.4 or if you need something wider, then just follow the lenses that Peter suggested and see if the price fits your budget.
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