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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:50 am 
im in the market for a new lens finally. after, one year of owning my Pentax k10d
im upgrading from the kit lens

i need a lens that works really well in dark areas but at the same time be a good day to day lens
most of my photographs are in bar , taking photos of local bands

im looking at the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC SLD ELD Aspherical Macro Lens ..._1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1218427465&sr=1-2
i was told if i got that one it would be great for the photos ill be doing
is there any other lenses out there that are just as good or better?

my budget is $500 usd for my new lens

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:07 pm 
i have the exact same lens. while i'm happy with the lens performance, nothing beats a shoe-mounted flash. even at it's widest aperture and iso 800, you'll be lucky to get the shutter to go faster than 1/30. maybe a 50mm f/1.4 might work, if you really don't want to have to deal with a flash.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:59 pm 
i have the AF-540fgz external flash already

but alot of times in bars its tricky to bounce the light off something , cuz of all the mirrors

i wanna get a low f/stop lens for the fact i wanna soak up all the natural lighting that i can

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:09 pm 
well i do not know if that lens would suit you, but i bought it.. i'm talking about sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4.5 DC macro

i like it because it gives me good versatility from a decent wide angle to a moderate telephoto, for a humble price.. quality of pictures is good.

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