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01-26-2011, 04:24 PM   #1
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Macro len recommendation

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I have a K-7 and likes to shot landscape. I also like to shoot close up on flowers, etc...What would be a good len that meets this requirement?
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Scott

01-26-2011, 04:42 PM   #2
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Basically any of the dedicated macros can do both. I have the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro, it does both well.





You might want to go with either a 50mm macro or the Pentax DA 35mm macro for wider FOV tho. I don't own it but the DA 35mm has gotten rave reviews.
Also check out the Macro Club thread, lots of good images by many different macro lenses.

NaCl(almost all the macro lenses are very good)H2O
01-26-2011, 04:52 PM   #3
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There are many threads here asking exactly the same question. The basic answers:

* Dedicated automatic macro camera lenses are convenient but costly.
* Dedicated manual macro lenses are somewhat cheaper but trickier.
* Items like Raynox converters are convenient and cheap but imperfect.
* Macro-bellows or enlarger lenses on tubes/bellows are cheap but tricky.
* Most macro lenses are excellent; members here will name the exceptions.

So it depends on your patience, expectations, and budget. Have fun!
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A lot of people look for one lens that does everything. It doesn't exist, but the DA 35mm macro Limited comes closest.

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+1 for the above comment. If you want ONE lens for landscapes (wide angle) and macro, you cannot go wrong with the DA35 Ltd. Most people prefer wide angle for landscapes (10-14mm) but those do not have macro capabilities and 35mm is not bad for landscapes. DA35 ltd is the way to go, plus it has great IQ.
01-26-2011, 07:42 PM   #6
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Thank you for all the advises, guy. Since I still need a zoom lens, would it be sensible to get a regular wide angle lens and zoom lens with macro capability? If yes, what kind of zoom lens with macro do you guys recommend?
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01-26-2011, 08:11 PM   #7
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The vast majority of "macro zooms" aren't macro -- they come nowhere close to 1:1 or 1:2 magnification. At best, they are close-focusing, and nearly all don't deliver images nearly as good as a real macro lens.

If money is no object, buy one or more good general-purpose zooms (but that depends on the focal-length range you think you need) and a modern dedicated macro lens. If money IS a problem, check the many threads here that discuss macro lenses an general-purpose zooms.
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Thanks. I decided to get the FA 50/2.8 macro. And save my money for either Pentax 50-135 or Sigma 70-200

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QuoteOriginally posted by coolguy1004 Quote
Thanks. I decided to get the FA 50/2.8 macro. And save my money for either Pentax 50-135 or Sigma 70-200
You can use tubes and old prime lenses or old enlarging lenses and obtain nice inexpensive macro results. M42 will fit your camera.

M42 tubes are about $15
A wonderful 105 el Nikkor enlarging lens is about $30
Adapters are about $20

If interested, in my signature is a link to an article on Inexpensive Macro.

This is an example with tubes.



You can then invest in a non macro lens for your landscapes.

Landscapes and macro can be done manual focus. This is an example with a 135 3.5 Takumar Preset.

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It depends on what your subjects are - flowers, stamps, coins etc dont require a long focal length, however, with insects, you will need a macro with 100mm or greater focal length. You will also need a flash.
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