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Old Oct 16, 2010, 12:49 AM   #11
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FZ35 is not good at all in low light. It is only good for its zoom in good light. All point and shoot are bad in low light except few but they don't have enough zoom.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 4:56 AM   #12
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For school plays and recitals, if you're too close, you'd be looking up at the stage, so you'll have an odd perspective. Your best bet is to stand in the back with a long, fast lens. Something like a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8, which is available for any dSLR. For outdoor sports, you could probably get away with that lens untill your kids get bigger and start playing on bigger fields.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 12:08 PM   #13
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thank you all for your input. Tcav that sound like a good idea. Any thouthts about the pentax bundled with the 55-300 or 50-200?
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The lens TCav mention is really expensive with the big aperture. 800 dollars to start. You can look at the Sigma 50-150mm 2.8 HSM. The 55-300 is not as bright of a lens, and you will need to shoot at 3200-6400 iso to compensate for the smaller aperture. But the big aperture of 2.8 is preferred and will yield better results.
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 2:07 PM   #15
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Long fast lenses don't come cheap. Those kit telephoto zooms won't do what you want, unless you have a really powerful flash.
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