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04-22-2010, 12:22 PM   #16
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Thank you everyone for the wonderful links. There are some great pictures with that lens. And now I have my camera-- and I must say-- I am thoroughly impressed. I know some people say that it's more about the photographer and less about the camera, but in my case the improvement has been 1000%! What a great camera and lens!
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I did find, though, that I was shooting from the most zoomed out length of that lens. This seemed to get me the best pictures of my kids-- but it had me running around and getting in their face a lot.

So I guess my next question is this: I've got a birthday coming up in 3 months or so. Should I angle for a cheap prime lens at around 55mm or should I try the other kit lens-- the telephoto one? Right now I'm definitely more into faces than landscapes.

I don't want lens fever either.
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Assuming you lready have the telephoto len, that's the obvious choice to try out, then. Then you'll find out what focal lengths you really like most. Right now, all you know is that it's greater than or equal to 55. Chances are you'll find the telephoto lens very useful outdoors, but won't need focal lengths that long indoors much. A cheap prime for indoor use may indeed be the next lens you buy; could end up being the only one. I was fine with just the kit zooms and one cheap prime for quite a while, and a lot of people remain so basically forever.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jomby Quote
I did find, though, that I was shooting from the most zoomed out length of that lens. This seemed to get me the best pictures of my kids-- but it had me running around and getting in their face a lot.
You have a good eye:

That lens is known to be best at 18mm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jomby Quote
So I guess my next question is this: I've got a birthday coming up in 3 months or so. Should I angle for a cheap prime lens at around 55mm or should I try the other kit lens-- the telephoto one? Right now I'm definitely more into faces than landscapes.

I don't want lens fever either.
You mentioned in another post having to get in their faces a lot. I find that still true with a 50mm focal length. Like Marc said, I'd mess around some more with the 55-300mm (if that's what you have). Unless you're posing people at the birthday party, you're going to still be up pretty close when shooting with the 55mm. Oh, and I don't think Pentax currently has any cheap 55mm primes, but someone correct me if i'm wrong.
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Depends on what you mean by "currently" and "cheap", and also how import AF is to you. When most people talk about cheap 50mm primes, they are referring to older MF lenses that are easily available used for under $50. But if you require AF (even though it isn't all that reliable in low light esepcially at large apertures where DOF can't hide any misses), the FA50/1.4 costs about the same as everyone else's 50/1.4. What Pentax lacks is a current 50/1.7 or 50/1.8 that is cheaper than this.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jomby Quote
I don't want lens fever either.
We can't promise you about not getting lens fever but I'm sure it will eventually bite you!

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Oh, and please - it's "LBA" (lens buying addiction and/or the support group lens buyers' anonymous) ), not "lens fever" :-)
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