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05-16-2011, 12:56 PM   #16
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You specified: a 70-100-ish prime that can do macros and portraits, for under US$200-ish.
You didn't specify: AF or MF; auto-aperture; if extension is totally out; flash; how much macro.

If non-flash MF is OK, I'll point to my M42 Vivitar-Komine 90/2.8 macro that cost US$3 (I was lucky). As mentioned, this is available in a variety of brands.

Or if your macro requirements and finances are limited, put a mount-reversal-ring on a 100-ish lens. I'll do that with my Meyer Trioplan 100/2.8 or SuperTak 105/2.8. Straight ahead, they're portrait / short.tele lenses. Flip them around and they're macro lenses.

Flash is much easier with a PK-A or AF mount lens. Those cost more. As all my other close work uses extension, I'll let others recommend those expensive ones. My lens-of-the-day today is an M42 Novoflex Noflexar 105/3.5 (US$27 shipped) bellows macro lens on a Bellowscope (US$21 shipped). I am happy.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Balog Quote

Excellent shot! Is that the 1:2 version? It might be worth looking into...
Thanks! Yes, it was the 1:2 version.
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One not mentioned yet is the Panagor 90mm Macro. Check out some of Rense's macro shots with it.
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Tokina 90mm f2.5 AT-X

Put me down for the Tokina 90mm f2.5 AT-X...probably one of the best macro lenses ever made in terms of image and build quality. I really regret selling my copy.

The only downside was the weight penalty imposed by the heavy build. Handholding on a smaller body over a long period of time became something of a chore.

Making Not Taking: Tokina 90mm f/2.5 AT-X Macro - The "Bokina"

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QuoteOriginally posted by thethirdcoast Quote
Put me down for the Tokina 90mm f2.5 AT-X...probably one of the best ever made in terms of image and build quality. I really regret selling my copy.

The only drawback was the weight of the build made handholding a chore over long periods of time.

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If it can be found within his budget, OP should definitely get one. Otherwise the K or M 100/4 macro lenses are good, as is the Tamron adaptall 90/2.5. But the Tokina (or Vivitar Series 1 version) is just the best, in my book.

I got my FA 50/2.8 macro for a little over $250, in slightly beat-up condition. That's a good choice too, if it can be found. (Short for the OP, but still great, and does go to 1:1).
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Another vote for the Tamron 90mm f/2.5 Adaptall. There is a specific 2x teleconverter designed for the lens to achieve 1:1... also very good (but requires a solid tripod and focusing rail)
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our spring here is pretty late or let's say pretty wet. so doing macros will be somewhat late as well. hopefully all will be good by next week.
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Another vote for the Tokina 90/2.5 if you can find it. You could perhaps get the K version for $200 on ebay. As far as IQ goes, it's unstoppable, even (nay especially) wide open!

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I just got a M 100 f/4 1:2 and initial results are very good, and this copy even has a little haze (which seems undetectable in the images).

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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
I just got a M 100 f/4 1:2 and initial results are very good, and this copy even has a little haze (which seems undetectable in the images).

Nice floral!

Haze should only reduce contrast and contribute to flare. As long as you use a hood and don't overexpose whites, you should be all right, although that lens makes STUNNING contrast - might be worth getting the haze cleaned out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
I just got a M 100 f/4 1:2 and initial results are very good, and this copy even has a little haze (which seems undetectable in the images).
I miss that lens:


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One Pentax lens that is often overlooked is the 100/3.5 FA. It does feel very plasticky, the AF is not all that smooth and it is a stop slower than the Pentax offerings. However you should be able to get one well within the $200 budget and it can produce good results.

Reviews here: SMC Pentax-FA 100mm F3.5 Macro Reviews - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
If it can be found within his budget, OP should definitely get one. Otherwise the K or M 100/4 macro lenses are good, as is the Tamron adaptall 90/2.5. But the Tokina (or Vivitar Series 1 version) is just the best, in my book.

I got my FA 50/2.8 macro for a little over $250, in slightly beat-up condition. That's a good choice too, if it can be found. (Short for the OP, but still great, and does go to 1:1).

Well, I managed to luck into my copy of the Tokina 90 for about $150 at KEH way back in 2004 when demand for Pentax glass was at a low. They had it conservatively rated at BGN grade, but all I could hardly see any wear. I actually sold it for about the same price a little over a year ago.

The Pentax SMC A 50mm 1:2 macro was another killer lens I picked up for about $150 back in '04 or '05. Apparently the word has gotten out because the floor on that lens is about $250 these days. The only drawback is that it won't go to 1:1.

Personally, I feel as though the A-lens had better color rendition and contrast than my current D-FA 50. The build quality of the A-lens was also jewel-like, and the manual focusing was like butter. Another one I regret giving up during the lull in my photographic interests...sigh...
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I’d also go with the K or M 100/4 macro. I have the K version and it’s very good, though a bit hard to find.

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I've never been a big macro shooter, so I don't know if I can give you good response.
But....
I got one of these earlier this year. I like it very much...:-)
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