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01-26-2008, 06:30 PM   #1
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Lens recommendation?

Hi, new to forum, just bought K100D 18-55 mm kit. Beginner to (d)SLR photography. Intend to use camera for pics of dogs, outdoors, 5-20 feet away. Including some closeups. Landscape background in most cases. what kind of lens would you recommend as my first purchase? Keep in mind i want to remain under $300 U.S. and the lens will be my only addition to the 18-55 mm for a while.

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Hi Kevin,
Welcome to the forum.
May I suggest that you do some searches and prowling around in the lens forum and come back to us with what appeals to you. A couple spring to mind, which should reveal themselves....one ends in 200 and the other in 300 and has a T in the name.
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Everyone here knows my recommendation: Get the Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f1.4 It will end up being your favorite lens, a very nice compliment to your kit zoom lens, and it is under $200. I am a broken record on this. There are many threads that discuss it, and I challenge you to find a single negative review of it (Amazon, Pentax forums, etc. etc.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by PentaxPoke Quote
Everyone here knows my recommendation: Get the Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f1.4 It will end up being your favorite lens, a very nice compliment to your kit zoom lens, and it is under $200. I am a broken record on this. There are many threads that discuss it, and I challenge you to find a single negative review of it (Amazon, Pentax forums, etc. etc.)
This is true, but in addition get a good lens hood for those outdoor shots.

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QuoteOriginally posted by PentaxPoke Quote
Everyone here knows my recommendation: Get the Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f1.4 It will end up being your favorite lens, a very nice compliment to your kit zoom lens, and it is under $200. I am a broken record on this. There are many threads that discuss it, and I challenge you to find a single negative review of it (Amazon, Pentax forums, etc. etc.)
For under $300, I agree 100% - the FA 50mm f1.4 (retail $180 - $215 or so). It's probably my most used lens, because I shoot a lot of low-light, indoors.

If you can go up to $470 - 500, I'd vote for the Pentax/Tamron 18-250mm. Too sharp and versatile to pass up, if a bit slow for some indoor/low light uses.



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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
For under $300, I agree 100% - the FA 50mm f1.4 (retail $180 - $215 or so). It's probably my most used lens, because I shoot a lot of low-light, indoors.

If you can go up to $470 - 500, I'd vote for the Pentax/Tamron 18-250mm. Too sharp and versatile to pass up, if a bit slow for some indoor/low light uses.



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Nice Choices (those are both of my lenses ) But I say buy the 50/1.4 first since you already have the wide angle to 55 covered with your kit.
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Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f1.4

Well, I am convined anyway. Just ordered one from Microglobe in the UK - 149. It seems a small price for such seemingly good glass.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ukbluetooth Quote
Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f1.4

Well, I am convined anyway. Just ordered one from Microglobe in the UK - 149. It seems a small price for such seemingly good glass.

You won't be disappointed. The bokah is so good you'll end up cropping out the main subject and framing shots of just the bokah!



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[QUOTE=jsherman999;164121]For under $300, I agree 100% - the FA 50mm f1.4 (retail $180 - $215 or so). It's probably my most used lens, because I shoot a lot of low-light, indoors.

If you can go up to $470 - 500, I'd vote for the Pentax/Tamron 18-250mm. Too sharp and versatile to pass up, if a bit slow for some indoor/low light uses.


Both recommendations for the FA 50mm f1.4 talk about low light indoor shots , but that's not what i will be using it for ....as I mentioned ...."Intend to use camera for pics of dogs, outdoors, 5-20 feet away. Including some closeups. Landscape background in most cases"
Is this lens hood for this application too?
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For $300 I'd recommend a pre-owned FA50/1.4 and a DA50-200.
They often appear in Marketplace here around $150 each.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
For under $300, I agree 100% - the FA 50mm f1.4 (retail $180 - $215 or so). It's probably my most used lens, because I shoot a lot of low-light, indoors.

If you can go up to $470 - 500, I'd vote for the Pentax/Tamron 18-250mm. Too sharp and versatile to pass up, if a bit slow for some indoor/low light uses.


Both recommendations for the FA 50mm f1.4 talk about low light indoor shots , but that's not what i will be using it for ....as I mentioned ...."Intend to use camera for pics of dogs, outdoors, 5-20 feet away. Including some closeups. Landscape background in most cases"
Is this lens hood for this application too?
Don't limit yourself. A good fast lens like the 50/1.4 can open up new opportunities you may not have thought of. Not just indoor with low light. The very wide aperture range is helpful outdoors as well. You already have a wide angle to mild tele with your kit lens which should be great for most of the applications you list, and unless your critical need is for more zoom out beyond 55, a good fast lens is a logical next choice because it opens up alot of possibilities.

If you don't beleve me, click here on the Pentax Photo Gallery. This is the 50/1.4 section, and the pics are clearly not all indoors!
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevinfox203 Quote
"Intend to use camera for pics of dogs, outdoors, 5-20 feet away. Including some closeups. Landscape background in most cases"
Doesn't your kit lens cover all that?
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevinfox203 Quote

Don't limit yourself. A good fast lens like the 50/1.4 can open up new opportunities you may not have thought of. Not just indoor with low light. The very wide aperture range is helpful outdoors as well. You already have a wide angle to mild tele with your kit lens which should be great for most of the applications you list, and unless your critical need is for more zoom out beyond 55, a good fast lens is a logical next choice because it opens up alot of possibilities.

If you don't beleve me, click here on the Pentax Photo Gallery. This is the 50/1.4 section, and the pics are clearly not all indoors!
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thanks for the link, very helpful!
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Sounds to me that the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 suits your requirement. It even has 1:3.9 Macro which is good for close-up shoot.
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I can't say more about the FA 50 f1.4 that hasn't already been said. I would also recommend this lens. I also recommend the DA 50-200mm It is a fantastic little lens. Great for out door shots and closeups. I use this lens quite a bit for my flower macros. Renders great colors and DOF is very nice also. Check some of my shots in the Gallery. This lens was a real surprise for the cost and one of my favorites to use as a walk around lens.
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