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    Question pentax's prime lens

    Hi, earlier was playing with a nikon with af50mm f1.8d lens. . And quite impress tat it only cost 200new. . Wondering if pentax have lens similar in term of quality and pricing?

    Or any recommendation for a good lens for capturing fast moving kids and pricing is affordable about 200- 400 and below. .

    Thanks for any advice. . Btw, it's for my kx.

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    if you want auto focus, there're a couple of FA 50mm f1.4s going about the Pentax Buy & sell section. =) price around $400+ or so

    If you think you can live with non AF, then the A 50mm f1.4 can be had around $250+/- I believe.

    the f1.7 versions should also do, but not as many going around.
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    Da 35mm F2.4.
    Affordable and good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by one952 View Post
    Hi, earlier was playing with a nikon with af50mm f1.8d lens. . And quite impress tat it only cost 200new. . Wondering if pentax have lens similar in term of quality and pricing?

    Or any recommendation for a good lens for capturing fast moving kids and pricing is affordable about 200- 400 and below. .

    Thanks for any advice. . Btw, it's for my kx.
    DA35/2.4 is cheap and good. Better focal length to be used indoors as well.

    Do note that a f1.8 or 1.4 lens is not all cure all for shots inside the house of children. DOF is very shallow at large apertures. Make sure that you are aware of this trade-off (ie. one kid sharp, then other is not; One eye is sharp, the other is not; etc).

    I'd suggest that you 'look for the light' (eg. nearer windows; nearer light sources; etc) or use flash if necessary (bounced). Make a reflective bounce card from aluminum foil and card to bounce off your in-camera flash to the ceiling if needed.

    One such idea here.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/whoisjoe/2073084988/
    its much more effective if you lined it with alu foil

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    Quote Originally Posted by genecor View Post
    if you want auto focus, there're a couple of FA 50mm f1.4s going about the Pentax Buy & sell section. =) price around $400+ or so

    If you think you can live with non AF, then the A 50mm f1.4 can be had around $250+/- I believe.

    the f1.7 versions should also do, but not as many going around.
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    Da 35mm F2.4.
    Affordable and good.
    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    DA35/2.4 is cheap and good. Better focal length to be used indoors as well.

    Do note that a f1.8 or 1.4 lens is not all cure all for shots inside the house of children. DOF is very shallow at large apertures. Make sure that you are aware of this trade-off (ie. one kid sharp, then other is not; One eye is sharp, the other is not; etc).

    I'd suggest that you 'look for the light' (eg. nearer windows; nearer light sources; etc) or use flash if necessary (bounced). Make a reflective bounce card from aluminum foil and card to bounce off your in-camera flash to the ceiling if needed.

    One such idea here.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/whoisjoe/2073084988/
    its much more effective if you lined it with alu foil
    Thanks all bro, guess i'll try the 35mm, not sure if can get by 1pm, coz got a flight to catch at 4. .
    Is slrr the best pricing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by one952 View Post
    Thanks all bro, guess i'll try the 35mm, not sure if can get by 1pm, coz got a flight to catch at 4. .
    Is slrr the best pricing?
    can't go wrong with SLR R. their prices are very competitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by detritus View Post
    can't go wrong with SLR R. their prices are very competitive.
    I second that . Look for Ray .... Best sale guy I ever meet so far ... lol
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    not having affordable af primes used to be a gap in pentax's lineup but now the dal35 is a good fit

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    yes, tried the DA34/2.4 as well.. how could I forget that one! D'oh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by genecor View Post
    yes, tried the DA34/2.4 as well.. how could I forget that one! D'oh!
    Er, since when did Pentax have a DA 34mm lens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by felixcat8888 View Post
    Er, since when did Pentax have a DA 34mm lens?
    Sorry Teacher...typo la.. 35mm/f2.4
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    Quote Originally Posted by genecor View Post
    Sorry Teacher...typo la.. 35mm/f2.4
    hahah, just joking lah . . .
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    hi, got the 35mm 2.4 last minute. no regret really. . great lens for the price!

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    Quote Originally Posted by one952 View Post
    hi, got the 35mm 2.4 last minute. no regret really. . great lens for the price!
    Enjoy your new toy!!
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