New Lens for Fiance

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  1. LudoTheGreat

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    My Fiance is going to be gone for a while, so I think it should be safe to post this now. I know nothing about photography or cameras, but it is her thing. She recently broke her lens that she had been using and it really upset her.

    I guess what I need to know is where do I start looking for a new one to surprise her with? I know that her camera is a Pentax K100D and that the lens was a 35-80mm K Mount? I'd like something decent, but at the same time reasonably priced. If anyone could point me into the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.:hail:
     
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    It looked exactly like that. I'd love to be able to spend more on one, but I have no idea where to start. What would be the next step up from that one?
     
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    It really depends on your budget and what she already has. If you are wanting to replace the lens that covers that same focal length I went with a Sigma EX 24-70mm which runs about $430:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/350968-REG/Sigma_548109_24_70mm_f_2_8_EX_DG.html

    If you just want to replace the lens w/ equal quality the one I posted originally is an equal quality kit lens.

    A really nice lens to have though that is reasonably priced is the 50mm 1.4:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/40755-USA/Pentax_20817_Normal_SMCP_FA_50mm_f_1_4.html

    It's fixed focal length where the one you questioned was a zoom lens. If she doesn't have a 50mm I'd go for this and forget the zoom lens.
     
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    Perfect that is exactly what I am looking for. Thank you a million Jonboy!
     
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    As a fellow Pentax system user, I can say that that 50mm f/1.4 is something I would love to receive as a gift, though it is quite different in usage than a 35-80mm. The Sigma would be closer to what she lost, and would also be an excellent lens.

    I wish someone would buy me glass like this. She'll be very thankful.
     
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    I would get the sigma for a good replacement. She will be very happy :)
     
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    Would a Sigma 24-70mm f3.5-5.6 UC Aspherical lens suit be a decent replacment for the kit lens she broke?
     

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