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Pentax K10 low light lens

vincent collins , Oct 05, 2010; 05:37 p.m.

Hi folks I'm a amateur photographer,most of my pictures are low light. Bands in low lit clubs and the action tends to be fast. I try not to use a flash, I don't want to ruin the show for everyone else. I was looking at the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC. Any suggestions. Thanks

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Miserere Mei , Oct 05, 2010; 06:18 p.m.

Vincent, it doesn't really matter if the Sigma is a good choice or not, because it's the only choice for K-mount. Unless you want to spend a lot more on the outstanding Pentax 31mm f/1.8 Ltd. But for concert shooting (which I've done a bit of with the K10D), every photon counts and the f/1.4 of the Sigma will be very useful.

What lenses are you using now?

vincent collins , Oct 05, 2010; 06:33 p.m.

Like I said amateur all I have is a 10-17mm fisheye and a 18-55mm.
But 2 bands have used my pictures for fliers so I did something right.
Was also looking at the Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5.6 DC, since I don't have a zoom lens.
And its cheap.

Miserere Mei , Oct 05, 2010; 06:52 p.m.

I'm surprised you managed with the kit lens, which is very slow for small clubs.

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 gets good reviews, and a number of people on this forum own one. If I didn't have the 31 Ltd I would have bought the Sigma for sure.

Another great lens is the Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4, although it's more for torso shots given the focal length. If you want something wide and fast, your only option is the Sigma 20mm f/1.8. You might find 30mm isn't wide enough in some situations.

Yury UKhov , Oct 05, 2010; 07:56 p.m.

to much zoom on FA 50 , go with DA*55

PJ Vesterback , Oct 05, 2010; 10:29 p.m.

"to much zoom on FA 50"
So go with a longer lens????

Javier Gutierrez , Oct 05, 2010; 10:36 p.m.

Does anyone know anything about the Sigma 24f/1.8?

Larry Lynch , Oct 05, 2010; 10:40 p.m.

I also recommend the 31mm f 1.8. I also own the 77mm f 1.8. In low light conditions I am often perplexed by the uncertain and sometimes unreliable focusing of the K10 and 77mm combo. Love it otherwise. Just sayin. You cant go wrong with the 31mm.

Jim McDermott , Oct 05, 2010; 10:47 p.m.

No point looking at the 31mm - its price is now beyond anyone with less money than common sense. Try hunting around for an old SMCA 28mm f2. Yes, manual focus, but 98% of the 31mm's performance for less than a quarter of the price (this from my own experience of the little beauty).

Jeremiah Corbin , Oct 05, 2010; 11:36 p.m.

Vincent, we might try to define "low light" first. :-) I've used my P 50/2 with mild frustrations in club settings, and concert photography ain't my thing. I still found myself shooting ISO1600 at f/2. Then again, my definition of low light was 3 100W bulbs with deflectors at a distance of 12-15 feet.... with colored gels. To say that the lighting was "abysmal" is an understatement.

I'd love the Sigma30. Really. Go buy it. :-) That extra stop would have let me shoot at ISO800... with AF.


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