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05-15-2011, 10:47 PM   #1
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Macro Lens for K-5

Sorry if this isn't the right forum. But I am looking at getting a macro lens. One option I was looking at was the sigma 150mm. I was thinking of going this route vs the pentax 100mm so I could get a little bit more working distance. However, I did a search and it seems like no one here owns or has used the sigma 150mm. Anyone have any experience or feedback with this lens? Thanks

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2 questions.

1. How much do you want to spend?

2. Is the Sigma 150 even available for Pentax?

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Apparently it is Jeff: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens 106109 B&H Photo (or will be very soon around the other vendors)

It's a newcomer and difficult to know how it is until a few have tried it (and share their experiences).
The 100mm varieties are more popular and well recognised, but the Sigma 180 (also available in Pentax) is also reasonably well received as far as I've heard.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Apparently it is Jeff: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Lens 106109 B&H Photo (or will be very soon around the other vendors)

It's a newcomer and difficult to know how it is until a few have tried it (and share their experiences).
The Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro was recently tested by Photozone.de:
Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro (FX) - Review / Test Report

The lens was awarded a "Highly Recommended". That is impressive.....

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$1100 (Which admittedly may change).

A Lot of money to pay for the extra 50mm but to some I guess it's worth it. I'd love to have the 180 as well but for my type of shooting, I just can't justify it.

Allow me to make a plug for the DFA100mm f2.8 WR..

Pentax DFA 100mm f2.8 WR - a set on Flickr

Small, lightweight, weather resistant, perfect match for the AF160 flash (or visa versa).

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QuoteOriginally posted by JeffJS Quote
$1100 (Which admittedly may change).

A Lot of money to pay for the extra 50mm but to some I guess it's worth it. I'd love to have the 180 as well but for my type of shooting, I just can't justify it.

Allow me to make a plug for the DFA100mm f2.8 WR..

Pentax DFA 100mm f2.8 WR - a set on Flickr

Small, lightweight, weather resistant, perfect match for the AF160 flash (or visa versa).

Believe me, that lens is on my radar, and the 150's price may make the choice much easier. I just had a 105mm macro for Nikon and you had to get so close to your subject, it was almost impossible for most insects. Thats why I thought a 150mm would be intriguing.
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Believe me, that lens is on my radar, and the 150's price may make the choice much easier. I just had a 105mm macro for Nikon and you had to get so close to your subject, it was almost impossible for most insects. Thats why I thought a 150mm would be intriguing.
I don't disagree with you here. There are ways though, if you can give up the f2.8 for a shot that even the 100mm can be magnified. I have a 2x macro focusing converter (vivitar) that does a pretty fair job of it. I haven't tried it with the DFA100 yet however. For that matter, that converter can turn any lens into a macro of sorts and may be a more inexpensive way if you're just looking to dabble. You watched the video someone posted (I assume) and that guy is working with about $100 (or less) worth of lens equipment total. But, he also has to get very close to his subjects with that rig.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
Sorry if this isn't the right forum.
It wasn't, but I've moved it to the one that is = the Lens forum. the fact that you happen to be attaching it to a K-5 as opposed to another camera isn't really relevant.

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