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01-07-2011, 09:07 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Is there a Pentax equivalent to the Canon MPE-65 macro lens?


I had the chance to play a little bit with a friend's MPE-65 macro monster, along with a special flash designed for it. It can go up to 5:1 (5X) magnification. It is certainly not easy to use and NOT a cheap setup but I was wondering, does Pentax or any other 3rd party has something similar in Pentax mount other than extension tubes?


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Unfortunately no..... almost enough reason to go to canon for me....
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I am just getting started with macro photography.

Doesn't a 55-300 zoom lens with a reversed 50 in front of it give up to 6:1 magnification? That's an inexpensive solution because so many people already own those lenses. It would be much heavier than the Canon solution, though, and I don't know how the picture quality would compare.
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Try it and come back to us sayings its a viable option nothing will ever come close in pentaxland as of now :/

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Pentax Auto Bellows with a bellows macro lens works pretty much the same way
01-08-2011, 11:50 AM   #6
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As DeadJohn suggests, reverse-stacking is the cost-effective and traditional method to get extreme magnification while maintaining flash capability. And the reversed lens can be ANY brand of manual prime, as long as you can fit it to a thread-reversal ring. Drawback: your working distance is the registration (flange focal distance) of the reversed lens, which for Pentax stuff is ~45.5mm, under two inches. That's why I don't mount my ringflash onto a lens stack too often.
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I've been waiting for one of these to come in a Pentax K-mount for some time...:

But seriously - extreme macros aren't all that difficult to do in theory with Pentax gear - check out the thread. Otherwise it's something like the Sigma 70/2.8 macro for similar FL.

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