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06-01-2011, 11:03 PM   #496
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Yep, sharply captured subject here too, with reasonably pleasant bokeh, the lighting here not being as texturing as the first example, but the effect of the OOF background does give this image another dimension. The first one is perhaps a little 'dustier' than this one, even though both are very nice.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Yep, sharply captured subject here too, with reasonably pleasant bokeh, the lighting here not being as texturing as the first example, but the effect of the OOF baclground does give this image another dimension. The first one is perhaps a little 'dustier' than this one, even though both are very nice.
I would agree with Ash on both accounts.
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What lens is this? It seems to be ideal for abstracts.
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What lens is this? It seems to be ideal for abstracts.
It's the Samsung Schneider D-Xenon 100mm f2.8 Macro, which I believe is identical to the Pentax D-FA 100mm f2.8 Macro.

I looked at the second one a long time; I like the way the curtain's folds fall off on either side of the sharp area, but I think I like the first image better.

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If I can do this sort of thing with the D FA 100 Macro, I'm selling my 77.

There's pixie dust in that one!
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Where would one acquire that lens, Steve? I have no macro lens for my Pentax system, and would love something in the 100-ish range. I used to have an F-mount Kiron 105, but looking at the prices of those things on the used market it seems out of my budget. Perhaps the Samsung is as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Todd Adamson Quote
Where would one acquire that lens, Steve? I have no macro lens for my Pentax system, and would love something in the 100-ish range. I used to have an F-mount Kiron 105, but looking at the prices of those things on the used market it seems out of my budget. Perhaps the Samsung is as well.
Why not just get the DFA 100WR?
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Why not just get the DFA 100WR?
Looks nice. I can't really afford that right now....hoping to come across some good option for a lot less money. I bought my F-mount Kiron for about $200, but maybe those days are over, LOL.

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Looks nice. I can't really afford that right now....hoping to come across some good option for a lot less money. I bought my F-mount Kiron for about $200, but maybe those days are over, LOL.
Well, of course you could sell your Zeiss 100/2 and buy three of 'em! JK, I know you wouldn't do that.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Todd Adamson Quote
Where would one acquire that lens, Steve? I have no macro lens for my Pentax system, and would love something in the 100-ish range. I used to have an F-mount Kiron 105, but looking at the prices of those things on the used market it seems out of my budget. Perhaps the Samsung is as well.
Oddly enough, the Samsung lenses cost *more*, new (for instance, the Pentax 10-17 is $429 on amazon, but the samsung is $579!!!). Maybe taking advantage of folks who don't know they can use Pentax lenses on their GX-20? *shrug*. Anyway, i have it because I worked ever-so-briefly for Samsung (Network Engineering), and got an employee discount that was... ridiculous.

They sometimes sell cheaper used, but they are hard to find.
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If I can do this sort of thing with the D FA 100 Macro, I'm selling my 77.

There's pixie dust in that one!
LOL! Thanks.

It's a very sharp, very contrasty lens; I usually am very subject-oriented when I have it on the camera - like, "Oh, there's a cool-looking bug! Let me get my macro!" - so much more documentary. After I realized that the other day in a discussion on the forum with Jsherman - this thread, I think - I decided to get it out and try using it the way I do my FA50 - more from the image side. This was the result.

I had the M100 f4, prior; I miss it - I think it might be a technically superior macro lens up to 1:2 - but the AF makes up for it in non-macro application.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Todd Adamson Quote
Looks nice. I can't really afford that right now....hoping to come across some good option for a lot less money. I bought my F-mount Kiron for about $200, but maybe those days are over, LOL.
On eek-bay I frequently see the M100 f4 lenses for $100-$200, and they're (IMO) excellent; exceptional lenses, in fact. For some reason I've never managed to get the same DOF from the D-Xenon, even though it's stopped down to the same aperture. Some of my favorite macros came out of mine:

My favorite (bug) macro of all I've shot:




And another:


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That first shot in particular is excellent, Steve! Randomly (I think, LOL) I just got a PM from another member who is interested in a lens I have but don't use much, and I think I may have just made a trade deal for DFA 100WR.
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I agree, Steve, that first shot is mighty impressive. Congrats, Todd. I think that DFA is the best AF 100ish macro available in k-mount. I had one once (DGaies has it now) and will re-buy it at some point.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Todd Adamson Quote
That first shot in particular is excellent, Steve! Randomly (I think, LOL) I just got a PM from another member who is interested in a lens I have but don't use much, and I think I may have just made a trade deal for DFA 100WR.
Awesome! I'm jealous, now (WR is cool in a macro!).

Lemme know if you think it has PD after you shoot with it for a bit. I'm curious.
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