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08-24-2007, 11:11 AM   #1
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Lens for Close Up Images (coins)

I have the K100D, along with the lens kit, and recently purchased the 77 limited 1.8, for indoor basketball pics after realizing I can't manually focus a Takumar 1.9 at all.

I am looking for a lens for indoor shots & one that will take good closeups of coins, while the 77 is an awesome lens, it's pretty much worthless for my new goals.

I was considering the FA50 1.4, but not sure it's wide enough for indoor shots and its min focus distance is 1.5ft, so it may not be suitable for coin photography.

The kit lens can focus down to 10", so perhaps I should use the kit lens for coin photography (in a light tent, anyway)?

I'm trying to stay with AF lenses as well.

Any advice is appreciated!


08-24-2007, 11:23 AM   #2
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ive seen used FA 50 macro lenses go cheap. for coins u dont need the extra working distance of a 100mm macro and the fa 50 macro is smaller and cheaper than the 100mm and seems to be a very nice lens
08-24-2007, 11:40 AM   #3
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If you check my gallery photos, there's one of a penny taken with a M 50/1.4. I suspect if you had a diopter (macro filter) or an actual macro lens, it would work very well for coins. The other photos are using a reverse or coupling ring but I think those would be overkill on magnification for all but smaller coins.
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Depending on what else you might want the lens for, here is a thought. The Pentax 10-17mm . . . the macro capabilities of this versatile lens are often overlooked . . . can focus down to about 1 inch . . . here is a quick sample . . . cropped to highlight the coin.

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08-24-2007, 12:23 PM   #5
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i was going to suggest the kit lens. it should work fine..
light tent= yes.
08-24-2007, 06:23 PM   #6
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If you really want low cost macro, look for an SMC 100mm F4.0 mscro.

great compact macro lens
08-24-2007, 09:43 PM   #7
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I'll throw another vote in for the 100/4 "M" macro. It may not be autofocus, but the price is reasonable, it makes a good portrait lens, and performance close up is outstanding. I have yet to wish for autofocus for studio shots of stationary objects.
I have a 16-45 da lens and have tried similar shots with it, and the results do not stand up next to the old macro. There is significant distortion as well as purple fringing, especially around specular highlights. Neither are particularly flattering to coins!
Attached is an example; std-s, 100/4 macro at maybe F/8, lit with multiple flashguns.
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08-24-2007, 11:58 PM   #8
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Perhaps try extension tubes for your existing lenses?


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