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Old Jul 3, 2007, 6:01 PM   #1
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thinking of getting a k100d or k10d (a few other choices too) but I need to try and figure out my best route on lenses.

Not pro here, not even amateur... complete newbie here as in it's been 20 years since I've used a non point and shoot camera

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the usual family vacation stuff - need to start here

landscapes - will have some great opportunities when I'm on vacation in 2 weeks

Indoor basketball, outdoor soccer, football, baseball - can wait until later to buy a lens(es) but I definitely will need an option(s)

I can't do it all at once I know, a $1500 budget including the body... so where do I start?


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Old Jul 3, 2007, 7:03 PM   #2
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thinking of getting a k100d or k10d (a few other choices too) but I need to try and figure out my best route on lenses.

Not pro here, not even amateur... complete newbie here as in it's been 20 years since I've used a non point and shoot camera

I need:

the usual family vacation stuff - need to start here

landscapes - will have some great opportunities when I'm on vacation in 2 weeks
kit lens, it's pretty good to very good.
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Indoor basketball, outdoor soccer, football, baseball - can wait until later to buy a lens(es) but I definitely will need an option(s)
sigma, tamron, tokina 70-300. a little slow but anything fast is really $$$
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I can't do it all at once I know, a $1500 budget including the body... so where do I start?
all fit your budget with enough left over for a good flash

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Old Jul 3, 2007, 8:30 PM   #3
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I'd say start with the kit lens, the DA 18-55mm and also add the DA 50-200mm.

From there find out which focal ranges you use the most and tailor your further lens purchases to meet your needs.
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Old Jul 4, 2007, 12:24 AM   #4
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I'm hoping that rickst will chime in on this thread - he's the person who takes all those wonderful indoor sports pictures I was thinking of when I suggested asking here.

In case he's not around, here are a couple of his threads about sports:

Outdoor track: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80and http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80

Indoor track: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80

Indoor basketball: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=82andhttp://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80

That can give you an idea of what to expect with the DA 50-200 and the FA 50mm 1.4.

For a couple of my own sports shots (not my usual thing, I was just playing around a bit): http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80. I thought I had posted more, but I didn't spot them easily (there's one I took of a tennis player that I remember). I've used a 300mm f4 prime lens (Pentax A*300 f4) for outdoor sports and have been very happy with the results (but that particular one is a manual focus lens).
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Old Jul 4, 2007, 5:29 AM   #5
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A budget of 1500$ is more than enough. Thats even a lot

I'd take this:

K100D (Super) -> about 500$ : you said you're new to a DSLR, and the price compared to the K10D will get you some nice glass.

DA 18-55mm (kit lens) -> about 50$ when bought in kit with the cam : vey decent kit lens

Sigma APO 70-300mm -> about 250$ : very good (affordable) all purpose telezoom

Pentax FA 50mm f1.4 -> about 200$ : nice little low-light prime.

That sets you back approx. 1000$ and what's listed above is more than a decent starter kit... Countless hours of fun guaranteed.

That leaves 500$ for you to spend on something else

(and once you get that LBA (Lens Buying Addiction) bite, you'll be thankful you saved that cash


Actually, once you get to know your camera, you can spend that extra 500$ on a nice macro lens, those are always fun.

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I know he doesn't shoot Pentax but one person consistently producing really high quality work is JohnGand he coversmost sporting genres. By checking out his work you will be able to see what sorts of focal lengths and apertures are giving the types or result you might light to get. We are not talking cheap options but no one ever said shooting good sports shots can easily be done ona budget (not discounting that some mf primes are available at reasonable costs but not everyone is proficient with them).

Basketball http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=82

Soccer http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=82

Football http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=82

Baseball http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=82

Track http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=82

It's not only the lens that helps make these shots work well but also technique so do spend time shooting alot as that will really help you. Each sport is different so you have a lot of learning ahead but it will be fun.
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