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04-02-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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Need a macro lens for K-x

Hi,
now that I have the basic 16-55 from the box plus a 50-200 and a MecaBlitz, I'm craving for a macro lens...
Boy, expensive they are...
I'm also playing with orchids and would love to capture that exquisite moment when the blossom opens up as well as nature's macrophotography


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04-02-2011, 02:21 PM   #2
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I have the Sigma 70mm 2.8. Probably one of sharpest macro (under $1000) lens out there. Has very nice bokeh and the focal length is good for flower photography. Very solid build quality as well, and has a focus limiter albeit no quickshift (AF speed is quite decent when you limit it to non-macro distances). It also makes for a good portrait lens.

I scored it new off e*** for $350, although new they normally go for $500.
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You can save a lot money by going with MF lenses. AF isn't really all that helpful for macro photography anyway. There are a number of good A- & M-series macro lenses-- some of them can be had quite reasonably.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rich2Mont Quote
Hi,
now that I have the basic 16-55 from the box plus a 50-200 and a MecaBlitz, I'm craving for a macro lens...
Boy, expensive they are...
I'm into orchids would love to capture that exquisite moment when the blossom opens up as well as nature pic's
The $50 Raynox DCR 150 will clip onto your long zoom lens and give magnifications up to 1:1. All your auto features will work including flash. Iage quality will be excellent & the Raynox is easy to carry and use.

See https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-clubs/74221-raynox-macro-club.html

Almost any non-zoom macro lens will be good too but the Raynox is an excellent place to start.

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You might want to hunt for a Pentax A 50mm. They are around...just be patient. It would communicate with your cameras electronics but it is manual focus.
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I'm sure you could track down a Sigma 70 or 105mm macro, a Tamron 90mm Macro or a Pentax FA or DFA 100 Macro or buy a new WR.. lots of options. Lots of older lenses can be found as well for cheap. I just picked up an older Tamron Adaptol SP 70-210mm f3.5 Macro for about $50 with the PK adapter, We don't have much for flowers out, but I just shot some water drop shots last night with it.

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04-02-2011, 04:36 PM   #7
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Merci Chex pour ce tuyau car j'en ai une Tamron Adaptal comme la tienne...Elle était utilisée sur ma caméra argentique Minolta XG-M.
Mais je vais quand même "zyeuter" pour une 50 mm macro

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Not sure if it's what you're looking for, but I have a Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 60-300mm f:3.8-5.4 zoom, and I think the macro mode on it is very useful. There are some sample shots here:

Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 60-300mm f/3.8-5.4 (23A) Lens Reviews - Pentax Third-Party Lens Review Database

It's also a great all-around tele zoom, in my opinion. Very sharp & well-built.

Cheers & good luck,
Bobbo :-)

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I find it very usefull to have a zoom for macro, I especially like how the focal length doesn't change from 70 to 210mm while in macro, so you can easily back out to find/track an object then zoom in for the shot.
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