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03-15-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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What lenses would you use to shoot a wedding with the k-x?

Yes, I said the k-x. I was also hoping someone could tell me which flash to get.

Which three lenses would you get?

Thanks.

03-15-2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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DA15 for wide angle
FA 31 Limited for standard
FA 77 Limited for portrait
03-15-2011, 05:05 PM   #3
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no 100? or is the 77 good because of the crop?

I was thinking but did not know if Pentax had:

edit: 35mm maybe 50 1.2
85mm 2.8
100mm 2.8
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with one body, I'd go with zooms.

Probably I'd use:
tamron 28-75 2.8 - focuses quick and is very sharp. f2.8 throughout the range so can handle many lighting conditions. good focal lengths for indoor shooting

Pentax 55-300 - I like distance for candids - I used this lens on a kx for a concert and being able to shoot at iso 3200 w/ decent results w/ noise reduction programs. Lately I've been liking portraits w/ long lenses too. or even better a 70-200 f2.8 but $ would be much higher.

Pentax 77 limited or voightlander nokton 58 or fa* 85 or some other fast lens good for artistic shots or portraits.

But I've never shot a wedding so this is just what I'd try to use. Feel free to correct me... I'd like to learn what others would use.

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I shot a wedding with the K-x, Tammy 18-250 and the FA 50 1.4. Had to use pop-up flash. Yeah, the photos weren't perfect, but the B&G were happy. If you get a flash I'd recommend the Metz 48 upwards I think I put the B&W shots of the wedding (it was an hour long elopement style) on my smugmug page under Gabrielle and Gideon Nicole Wells' Photos | SmugMug.

I wouldn't recommend what I did, but I had to make do with what I had.
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What about the DA*50-135 F2.8? I thought that one and the Tamron AF 28-74 f2.8 might make a good pair? Is that good overlap or overkill?

these are on a k-x. I don't know if the da "*" will work on it though. Don't know what the star is for.
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I think get a prime and a zoom, Da*50-135 would be a good choice, but you may need something a bit longer and if you're shooting indoors for a reception a 43mm ltd would be good also.
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QuoteOriginally posted by seventhdr Quote
DA15 for wide angle
FA 31 Limited for standard
FA 77 Limited for portrait
This is a really nice lens group for weddings.
It the 77 is too rich, consider the 70LTD.
I don't think there is a lens made that can touch the 31, and you can do almost the entire wedding with it.

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I shoot a lot of weddings. My most used lenses are the tamron 28-75 f2.8, the da* 50-135 f2.5, and the fa50 f1.4. I have several that I use weddings, but those are the go to lenses for all of the standard pics. The 50-135 is perfect for portraits. The tamron has a great range if you only have one body and want to minimize changing lenses during the ceremony. That is why i use it and not the 16-50 (that said I do own the 12-24 f4 for wide angle shots and the 10-17 fisheye to cover that part of the range). The tamron and the 50-135 are both fast enough to handle a church ceremony (often use of professional flash is forbidden in churches, so fast glass is a must). And the 50 1.4 is great for really poor lit receptions (but you can usually have flash there) and has such great bokeh that it is perfect for detail shots. If I could only have three lenses, those would be the ones.

As to flash, it depends on how much you want to spend and if it is important to you to get a pentax as opposed to an off brand. Whatever you go with be sure to get a tilt and swivel head. You will want to be able to bounce the flash for portrait shots.
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I've shot only two weddings, but have to say the pacing can be fast to where you might not have enough time to swap lenses. Especially if you're using only one body. I've shot with the 16-50mm and 50-135mm, finding I used the 50-135 more. The 16-50mm was mainly used for group shots. If I only had one body and had to do it again, I'd really be interested in the Tamron 28-75, since it overlaps the ranges of both the DA* lenses.

Edit: P.S. Aside from the lenses, I'd really consider getting a good flash. Off-camera if you can.
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have done a couple with k10d and tamron 17-50 2.8 and sigma dg super flash + extra batteries and cards.

the tam 28-75 would cover a better range as a 1 lens only package. a body upgrade is my next step, k5 here i come!
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Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Macro + Metz microblitz 58 AF-2
Maybe the Pentax 18-135mm WR, but its not as fast and probably not as crisp as the Tamron 28-75
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I've never shot a wedding and wouldn't want to, but 16-50mm, 50-135mm, and a wide aperture normal prime of choice with two camera bodies sounds like a good setup...
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If your only using one body, zooms is the way too go. But really you should have 2 bodys for a wedding (if your the main photographer).

Im doing a wedding next month. Will be using 2 bodies and 4 primes plus flash equipment.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
If your only using one body, zooms is the way too go. But really you should have 2 bodys for a wedding (if your the main photographer).

Im doing a wedding next month. Will be using 2 bodies and 4 primes plus flash equipment.
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.
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