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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-11-2015, 05:11 PM  
Looking for a prime, what would you buy?
Posted By formercanuck
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Awesome! I've found fast 28mm - 50mm to be great primes in general. 50mm being a general use, short tele, while the 28mm is for landscape / close up stuff. Once I get beyond 50mm and manual with a large aperture, I need a tripod, or I'm OOF.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-11-2015, 12:59 PM  
Looking for a prime, what would you buy?
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 59
Views: 3,993
50mm should work. There's a lot of low cost 50mm lenses out there, and many are not that expensive. I have an old Cosina 50mm f/2 lens that I picked up for $7, and an even better Pentax M 50mm f/1.4 that I picked up for $70. Since you're looking for art work photography, a low cost manual shouldn't be an issue. My favorite lenses are my old manual primes - Sigma 28mm f/2.8 ($30) and Pentax M 50mm f/1.4 ($70). Rokinon/Samyang also have some nice manual (with A setting!) that fit in this range. If you happen to be in SoCal, check out the Pasadena Camera show this coming weekend - they do have some old M, A and M-42 lenses. Try your 50mm Rikenon, and see what you need from there, or where its lacking (or if it is).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-11-2015, 10:20 AM  
Looking for a prime, what would you buy?
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 59
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How big are her paintings, and what kind of distance do you need (i.e. do you only have a few feet to work with). I'd be willing to say that something in the range of 28mm to 50mm would work great, and typically not be budget breakers either.
Probably best bet... DA 35mm f/2 or DA 35mm f/2.8 macro. The macro may be best suited here.

I've found primes to typically be VERY sharp (the 3 that I have - Sigma 28mm f/2.8 mini wide II, Pentax M 50/f1.4 and Rokinon 85mm f/1.4). The hardest part with something at the long end (85mm) is getting enough room to shoot what you need.

Are the paintings < 8x10 or do they go up to be something like 4'x6' ?
With my 85mm, I need to be ~12' away to shoot something that's 3'x2' to fill the frame.
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