Need a long AF lens for my wedding in june....


shanegeach

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 22:15
Hey all, im back in the forums again, ive been looking at long AF lenses but its hard to choose the right one......

I'm on a tight budget due to working part time, im roughly looking at about £100 to £150 either for a new one or a second hand one...

Any really good recommendations will be most appreciated. Ive been looking on ebay, microglobe, srs, warehouseexpress, pretty much any where and need some good solid info on the right long AF to buy for my kit......

Thank you
Camera: *ist DS,MZ-50,
Lenses: D-Xenon 50-200mm 4/5.6, pentax smc a 50mm 1.7, Kiron 70-210mm, Pentax SMC DAL 18-55, Asahi 2x Rear tele-converter, Sirius M42 135mm macro, M42 extension tubes 61mm,
Flash: Jessops 360 AFdc
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Adqam

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 22:28
Why do you need a lens for your own wedding? Or are your going to make a stab at wedding photography?

On another note, for that kind of price you might consider the Pentax 50-200 which is £109 new from SRS for the weather resisitant one; or alternatively a Sigma/Tamron 70-300 or the like second hand. SRS also have a bunch of other lenses that might do the job in the used section for around £60.

The Pentax 55-300 is excellent, but is ~£200 second hand.

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iceblinker

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 22:33
The DA L version of the Pentax 55-300mm is only £170 new from Park Cameras. Hood not included, but you can use a cheap screw-on rubber hood to begin with.

http://www.parkcameras.com/14186/Pentax-SMC-DAL-55-300mm-F4-5-8-ED-Lens--Unboxed...

Next best for a low budget is the Tamron 70-300mm.
~Pete

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CoDa

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 22:35
I have a Tamron 70-300mm that I could sell you for £75.00 inc P&P
Colin

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)




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shanegeach

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 22:36
Adqam wrote:
Why do you need a lens for your own wedding? Or are your going to make a stab at wedding photography?

On another note, for that kind of price you might consider the Pentax 50-200 which is £109 new from SRS for the weather resisitant one; or alternatively a Sigma/Tamron 70-300 or the like second hand. SRS also have a bunch of other lenses that might do the job in the used section for around £60.

The Pentax 55-300 is excellent, but is ~£200 second hand.

not for my wedding for a wedding im shooting, lol im tired....
Camera: *ist DS,MZ-50,
Lenses: D-Xenon 50-200mm 4/5.6, pentax smc a 50mm 1.7, Kiron 70-210mm, Pentax SMC DAL 18-55, Asahi 2x Rear tele-converter, Sirius M42 135mm macro, M42 extension tubes 61mm,
Flash: Jessops 360 AFdc
MY WEBSITE

shanegeach

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 22:39
Weldingblues wrote:
I have a Tamron 70-300mm that I could sell you for £75.00 inc P&P

whats the lens like, coz ive been reading all the reviews on the long lenses and thats where im stuck for choice........
Camera: *ist DS,MZ-50,
Lenses: D-Xenon 50-200mm 4/5.6, pentax smc a 50mm 1.7, Kiron 70-210mm, Pentax SMC DAL 18-55, Asahi 2x Rear tele-converter, Sirius M42 135mm macro, M42 extension tubes 61mm,
Flash: Jessops 360 AFdc
MY WEBSITE
Last Edited by shanegeach on 23/02/2010 - 22:41

CoDa

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 22:57
Its OK, as new condition, will put some photos of the lens on my PhotoBucket site tomorrow.
If I can take a shot during the day with it I will post that there as well. I will PM you when the shots are done.

Regards
Colin

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)




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shanegeach

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 23:02
Weldingblues wrote:
Its OK, as new condition, will put some photos of the lens on my PhotoBucket site tomorrow.
If I can take a shot during the day with it I will post that there as well. I will PM you when the shots are done.

Regards

would you mind sending me a PM with the details of the lens then i can have a look at bits and bobs for it i.e hood or filters or both......
Camera: *ist DS,MZ-50,
Lenses: D-Xenon 50-200mm 4/5.6, pentax smc a 50mm 1.7, Kiron 70-210mm, Pentax SMC DAL 18-55, Asahi 2x Rear tele-converter, Sirius M42 135mm macro, M42 extension tubes 61mm,
Flash: Jessops 360 AFdc
MY WEBSITE

iceblinker

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 23:09
The Tamron 70-300 always comes with a hood and takes 62mm filters.
~Pete

pentaxian450

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 23:35
If you hope to use the Tamron (or Sigma) 70-300 for weddings, you might be disappointed. It is not a bad lens, it just isn't a "wedding glass". It is to "slow" for inside photos in the church or reception hall.
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)

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shanegeach

Link Posted 23/02/2010 - 23:38
pentaxian450 wrote:
If you hope to use the Tamron (or Sigma) 70-300 for weddings, you might be disappointed. It is not a bad lens, it just isn't a "wedding glass". It is to "slow" for inside photos in the church or reception hall.

its mainly gonna be for outdoor shots, seeing as the wedding will be outdoors. Im saving my 50mm 1.7 for the evening shots for the reception and dance
Camera: *ist DS,MZ-50,
Lenses: D-Xenon 50-200mm 4/5.6, pentax smc a 50mm 1.7, Kiron 70-210mm, Pentax SMC DAL 18-55, Asahi 2x Rear tele-converter, Sirius M42 135mm macro, M42 extension tubes 61mm,
Flash: Jessops 360 AFdc
MY WEBSITE

Adqam

Link Posted 24/02/2010 - 10:45
Are you being paid to be the official photographer?

If you are, then I assume you will be renting/borrowing at least a second body, lenses and flash?

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JohnX

Link Posted 24/02/2010 - 10:50
I would have thought that for weddings you'd be looking to get up close? Surely with a long lens you'd be too far away from the subject and unable to avoid people getting between you and them, etc? Is there something about the wedding that shouts out for a long lens?

I'm sure there will be people here on the Forum who can suggest the best combination of focal lengths for a wedding situation.
Last Edited by JohnX on 24/02/2010 - 10:52

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shanegeach

Link Posted 24/02/2010 - 11:35
Adqam wrote:
Are you being paid to be the official photographer?

If you are, then I assume you will be renting/borrowing at least a second body, lenses and flash?

Adqam, i do have a second kit but its a bronica medium format thats mainly going to be for some formals and B&G shots only..

I am the official tog yes, and no im not getting paid because its a friends wedding. they will cover the developing costs they asked me to do it for them because they are helping me build up a portfolio to get started in the wedding tog industry...
Camera: *ist DS,MZ-50,
Lenses: D-Xenon 50-200mm 4/5.6, pentax smc a 50mm 1.7, Kiron 70-210mm, Pentax SMC DAL 18-55, Asahi 2x Rear tele-converter, Sirius M42 135mm macro, M42 extension tubes 61mm,
Flash: Jessops 360 AFdc
MY WEBSITE

shanegeach

Link Posted 24/02/2010 - 11:39
JohnX wrote:
I would have thought that for weddings you'd be looking to get up close? Surely with a long lens you'd be too far away from the subject and unable to avoid people getting between you and them, etc? Is there something about the wedding that shouts out for a long lens?

I'm sure there will be people here on the Forum who can suggest the best combination of focal lengths for a wedding situation.

im going to be using the long lens for quite a few shots i have in mind, and trust me ive seen a fair few big time togs in my area with long lenses shooting a wedding with their fancy NIKON and CANON pro cameras......

1 i saw on saturday without a flash shooting the whole ceremony and it was in a reg office, which is bad enough.....

I wont be using the long to its full extent probably bout half or 3/4's of it
Camera: *ist DS,MZ-50,
Lenses: D-Xenon 50-200mm 4/5.6, pentax smc a 50mm 1.7, Kiron 70-210mm, Pentax SMC DAL 18-55, Asahi 2x Rear tele-converter, Sirius M42 135mm macro, M42 extension tubes 61mm,
Flash: Jessops 360 AFdc
MY WEBSITE
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