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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-26-2020, 02:20 PM  
My Budget (Amateur) Wedding Photogaphy Setup
Posted By kman42
Replies: 25
Views: 3,161
Let me preface by saying that event photography is by no means my forte, and I honestly don't have much experience at shooting weddings. However, it is something I love to do and would like to get better at; so although my camera gear is geared towards landscape, astro and macro work, I have put some time and effort into making it wedding-ready. I will also say I've never been paid for a wedding shoot and don't ever expect to be, but I have been asked to shoot as a friend-photographer several times and am more than happy to do it for the love.

Wedding photography is arguably where a Pentax camera is at its weakest, but it can be used successfully. The core of my setup is my trusty K5ii, which despite its age has enough low-light performance to operate well in a low-light reception setting. My back-up camera body is the Pentax K100d Super, which I found for $40 in a local secondhand shop. Its usefulness in a wedding setting depends largely on whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors, but when there is enough light to use the K100d below about 800 ISO, it produces outstanding images that have an old-school, film-type look to them. I think that this camera encourages you not to play by modern rules (burst shooting at 3200+ ISO), but instead encourages you to shoot more like its a film camera.

My two main lenses are the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro, and the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. I will generally use the 17-50mm for candid & group shots throughout the wedding, and rely on the 90mm for special portraits, ceremony & speeches (such as the above shot). Between these two lenses I have 90% of situations covered. I also bring along my Pentax 35mm f/2.4, but this is mostly just for backup (and will probably be replaced in the future by a Pentax 21mm). Occasionally I will also use a Zenitar 16mm f/2.8 fisheye for particular shots, such as this shot here:

For lighting I use the Yongnuo YN585EX with a diffuser cover permanently mounted. Although this flash can be a bit quirky to operate sometimes, it gets the job done, and really helps my older cameras to punch above their weight.

And that's it. A small enough kit that I can fit it all in a small bag (or these days, often in the pram), but with enough punch that I can deliver some memorable photos to my friends. Moreover, the whole kit is extremely versatile, and in fact most of my gear was bought primarily for other uses (mostly macro and astro shooting); the Tamron 17-50mm was the only bit of gear that I bough specially for event shooting.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-19-2020, 03:25 PM  
Cheap, Decent Wide Angle Lens
Posted By kman42
Replies: 37
Views: 1,876
Thanks all for the input. I ended up finding a Tamron 17-50 for a great price. If it ends up being a dodgy copy, I think I will sell it on and stretch for a Pentax 21mm.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-02-2019, 04:01 AM  
Flash exposure using PTTL
Posted By kman42
Replies: 13
Views: 1,049
Thanks all for the advice. I will check the firmware on my flash. Also, I did some more shots with the flash and realised that I often put ISO into manual mode without thinking about it. Since aperture is also set manually, and the shutter speed was maxed at flash sync speed, the camera had nowhere to go and was forced to over expose. I'll have to keep practising and also try manual flash.
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