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03-15-2011, 11:11 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chex Quote
His previous thread he said he was looking at spending around $1000, so to have a bunch of nice primes would put him well over, let alone a second body or flash... But I agree, if I was shooting a wedding I would want my K-5 with 43mm Ltd and maybe a 20D with a 77mm or Tamron 90 macro.
But with a budget in mind, I think its hard to beat a nice crisp fast zoom like the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 macro for overall versatility.
Yeah, thats why i said if only one body be used a zoom would be the way too go
And if $1000 is his budget, then no question the tammy 28-75 is the lens of choice plus will have money left over, for prehaps a used flash or a used prime.

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What about the Sigma 20-60 f/2.8? Those I have seen used for about $230. That would even be a cheaper alternative and a good one to boot! Flash I would recommend a used Nikon SB-28. It's all manual, but it is a full featured flash. Tilt, swivel, flash power adjustment from full to 1/64, diffuser built in with a bounce card, and an option for a battery pack. Also you can get radio triggers for it which would even give you capabilities. I would also go with a 50/1.4 to give you some nice low light shots.
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i shot with DA14 and FA50..suit for almost situation..
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chex Quote
His previous thread he said he was looking at spending around $1000, so to have a bunch of nice primes would put him well over, let alone a second body or flash... But I agree, if I was shooting a wedding I would want my K-5 with 43mm Ltd and maybe a 20D with a 77mm or Tamron 90 macro.
But with a budget in mind, I think its hard to beat a nice crisp fast zoom like the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 macro for overall versatility.
I'm rethinking my $1000. These lenses are so nice now I might spend more. I just need to sell more on Craiglist.

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On a limited budget (and even with a larger one), the Tamron 28-75/2.8 is hard to beat. Very good performance, fast at f2.8 for most situations and at the focal lengths that will likely cover all that is necessary in a wedding. Being a zoom helps as well.

If using 3 primes, then it would suggest the DA15, DA/FA35 or FA31ltd and a FA*85. Of course you can slot in any of the other K/M/A series focal length equivalents if you are comfortable using them.


A flash with at least the power of a AF360 or Metz48 would be good. One with a swivel head would be better. The AF540 would be my recommended option if budget is not an issue.
I can't recommend the Metz48 over the AF360 as they both are lacking in some ways. The Metz48 has a swivel head, the AF360 does not. The Af360 works faster because of better/more buttons the Metz can be a pain to adjust in urgent situations.
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I shot an event with the Tammy 28-75 f 2,8 and the Kx..had a 50-200 and the kit 18-55 too for long shots and wide ones...the place was pretty crowded but the 28-75 never left my camera..and i'm very satisfied (as was the client) with the shots....
The primes are really nice and the 31mm is a FL you will certainly use a lot...but the Tammy will offer you more versatility and it's price is hard to beat.
With 1000 you can buy the Tammy new and you can assemble a nice portable flash setup for 350-400 more (a pair of YN560, remote flash triggers, diffusers and reflectors and cheap light tripods...). Or you can buy the 70-200 f 2,8 for candids and for the ceremony, spending a bit more...being interiors you will have to shoot raw and iso 800-1600-3200 depending on the place.
If you have someone to help you, setting a place where you can photograph the people, like those in the big events with celebrities, can be a good idea.
In any case have luck (and don't worry the Kx is very able and i'm sure you will succeed).
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DA 15, DA 40 and DA 70, Tammy 90mm too and FA 35mm for a backup. Which is what i use for weddings.
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For a reasonably priced one lens zoom solution, the new Pentax 18-135 offers the best range to me, and it's on my list to buy specifically for weddings and parties.

You need wide for table shots, and long for candids-- and can't see needing longer than 135.

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Is that Tamron everyone seems to like SDM or screwdrive? I would think in situations like a wedding you would want your gear as quiet as possible (eg. SDM and K-7 or K-5).
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if you factor in mirror slap and shutter noise, the sound of a screwdriven lens wouldn't add much nose right? :-)
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It's screwdrive but the noise is bearable and as perception said Kx mirror will be far more cause of bother because of the sound. In fact when i bought the lens i was a bit worried about the sound and i found myself the first shots thinking it's not so bad, and then in the street it didn't sound enough to stand out from ambient noise. So don't worry about the sound..just make sure you are not in front of the altar while the B&G are making their vows (that is why a 70-200 f2,8 or a 150 fast prime would come in handy).
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Is that Tamron everyone seems to like SDM or screwdrive? I would think in situations like a wedding you would want your gear as quiet as possible (eg. SDM and K-7 or K-5).
Is the shutter on the k-5 quiet?
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Ok, I will chime in; I have used several lens in the past few weddings - DA12-24mm, FA31mm, DA*16-50mm and DA*50-135mm. Use the focal length to your advantage and also use it with consideration to the available lighting as well. I don't find a need for anything longer than 135mm but I do find that lens faster than f4 is better in general for flash photography. If you are not one of the prime photogs, learn to know what you can and cannot do (such as getting into the way of the prof).
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QuoteOriginally posted by justtakingpics Quote
Is the shutter on the k-5 quiet?
Yes. Like a piece of butter being hit through a tennis racquet. Woosh! None of that "click" "click" sound you hear from other cameras.
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it's much more silent than Kx..tested one some weeks ago in a big store and i'm sure it would be difficult to distinguish it from ambient noise for someone standing 2 m away from you.
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