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06-16-2010, 10:19 AM   #16
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What !!! Nobody mentioned the Vivitar Series One 105/2.5 Macro !!!

Yes ! I'm guilty . I do have a 105/2.5 for sale !

I wish I have some friend giving away some camera for me !

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Seems we have a similar thread atleast once a month

Anyways, you'll see me suggest/defend the sigma 105mm all day long Personally, $600 is way to much for a macro lens in my opinion.
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Giving chicks free cameras. Nice marketing.
Lol she was one of those "why not Canon or Nikon?".. Best way to answer that question was to give her my camera that only cost me $300. I spend more on her than I should but that's another topic for another forum for a different group of people... lol
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QuoteOriginally posted by fevbusch Quote
I swear by my Sigma 50mm 2.8 EX macro lens. It cost only about $275.
and has wonderful color, sharpness, bokeh and you can get up real close
for flower shots . I prefer it over my DA40mm ltd. lens because you can
get really close for macro shots with the Sigma. Check out some of my
shots in the macro forums. Freddy

My choice as well, though I have the EX DG version. $236 a couple of years back. The only complaint is working distance or more correctly, lack thereof. Here would be my short list, if I were in the market. (The Tamron is at the top based on performance and value.)
  • Tamron 90mm
  • Any of the Sigma macro lineup. All are good, but the 70mm is the standout.
  • Pentax 100 WR
As it is often stated, it is pretty hard to find a bad macro lens. It all boils down to focal length, build, and price. I would also consider used lenses. Older 1:1 versions of the Tamron 90mm are just as good as the new ones, for example and cult classics like the Lester Dine and Vivitar Series I are also worth buying if the price is right.


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for the record, I'd rather shoot with my ghetto macro setup (M 28mm F/3.5 or M 50mm F/1.7 reversed taped on extension tubes plus my DIY diffuser) than with my macro lens any day of the week.... is that the siggy's fault? Heck no that lens is nearly flawless!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ron_Man Quote
...This leaves me at my other option at the DA 35mm...
Working distance, working distance, working distance!

The DA 35mm is a great lens and can do 1:1 macro, but how close do you really want to be to that bee or JUMPING spider? There is also the issue of lighting. When the working distance is close the lens blocks the light. Now, how much are they asking for the Pentax ring flash???


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for the record, I'd rather shoot with my ghetto macro setup (M 28mm F/3.5 or M 50mm F/1.7 reversed taped on extension tubes plus my DIY diffuser) than with my macro lens any day of the week.... is that the siggy's fault? Heck no that lens is nearly flawless!
Tape? Man...pick up a cheap reversing adapter!


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Tape? Man...pick up a cheap reversing adapter!


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Edit: Scratch that: 1 M 50mm F/1.7 is damaged internally but has no dented filter ring = no go, the other has good optics but a dented filter ring = no adapter, and Im assuming the m 50mm F/2 will be noticeably worse at the magnifications it will be worked at = ???

The only lens I reverse that isn't damaged in a way that can affect reversing is the Pentax M 28mm F/3.5


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QuoteOriginally posted by yeatzee Quote
Seems we have a similar thread atleast once a month
Actually, this one is different because the OP was only asking which focal length of two Pentax lenses: "Should I go with the 100mm or the 35mm first?"

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Anyways, you'll see me suggest/defend the sigma 105mm all day long Personally, $600 is way to much for a macro lens in my opinion.
It's not just a macro lens, it's a telephoto and portrait lens too. I paid $500 for my non-WR D FA 100mm, and well worth it for its small size and superb colour rendition. I'd be more than happy to pay the extra $100 if someone would add the weather resistance and rounded blades.
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Should I go with the 100mm or the 35mm first? I honestly need input on this one.
If you are limiting yourself to those 2 choices I would choose the 100 for the longer working distance.

But, I got the Tamron which has excellent reviews (no complaints here). I'm in So Calif and WR is not too high on my list of requirements.
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It's not just a macro lens, it's a telephoto and portrait lens too. I paid $500 for my non-WR D FA 100mm, and well worth it for its small size and superb colour rendition. I'd be more than happy to pay the extra $100 if someone would add the weather resistance and rounded blades.
Considering I have a macro lens thats 105mm, I know....

I paid $380 new for mine (the going price for the sigma when I purchased it). $500for the regular DFA is ridiculous, and $600 is crazy. Sorry, but for me thats a bit hard to justify. YMMV...
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YMMV...
My mileage varies. I'm another Pentax lens snob. As I said above, I like the size and colour rendition of the D FA 100. No other 100ish macro lens will even fit in the space I have allocated in either of my camera bags for my macro/telephoto lens.

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I totally understand, because I'm the same way! I went with the 100mm instead of the tamron. Maybe one could call it being a "loyalist." But I think not... Like you say, Pentax glass is simply stellar.
i was just thinking that ... but there is a bargain here and there
like this one
SMC Pentax-M Macro 1:4 100mm lens and LOTS of EXTRAS - eBay (item 220623030992 end time Jun-20-10 19:45:47 PDT)

to bad I dont live in the states

but I agree... the prices have skyrocketed ... still, you can get good and cheap (and good) M42 tele lenses that are rather unknown (Meyer Optik comes to mind)

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I got the DA35/2.8, and I really like it as my main lens. Its macro capabilities are a plus, but I can't really do 1:1 with it for lack of working distance. I recently added the DFA100/2.8 WR, and it's really perfect. I was afraid it might be too long, but no. Perfect. I also have an FA50/1.4, so I didn't particularly want to go with a 50mm macro. Yes, the DFA100/2.8 WR is expensive. But it's a really, really nice lens. I would gladly have saved a couple hundred dollars, but for that difference, I felt I should go for the lens I really wanted. Its small size and tremendous build quality are pluses, but the IQ and color is just great.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dankoBanana Quote
i was just thinking that ... but there is a bargain here and there
like this one
SMC Pentax-M Macro 1:4 100mm lens and LOTS of EXTRAS - eBay (item 220623030992 end time Jun-20-10 19:45:47 PDT)
It's impossible to tell where the price of that lens will be by the end of the auction. It could be a good deal or not. It's only 1:2 macro, so the price won't go nearly as high as a 1:1 lens.
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