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08-02-2011, 04:09 AM   #1
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What Macro lens? (K-r)

Hello all, I am a young enthusiastic beginner of photography. I am looking for a well priced and good quality macro lens for my newly purchased K-r. It needs to be not to expensive due to being in highschool and not having a good and constant stream of income... but still having the quality of a great macro lens.

I would really appreciate any recommendations or suggestions.
Thank you.

Currently i just have the 18 - 55 mm f/3.5-5.6 DA L AL Pentax KAF

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08-02-2011, 04:30 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Hehe Quote
It needs to be not to expensive
What is not expensive?

Have a look at the "Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Auto Focus" which is around 370us$ (as seen on adorama and B&H).

I recently got the Pentax 35mm ltd macro and it a very good lens (I probably should have got the 100mm macro wr instead (fit my shooting style better), but I am content with it right now).

There might also be cheaper manual focus available online (kijiji, ebay, ...)

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I'd probably look around for an older manual focus lens that's in the 100mm range. I used to have the Phoenix 100 macro - it was sold with a matched adaptor to allow it to do 1:1, otherwise it was 1:2. The lens had very good quality though it was made out of lightweight plastic and was sold under a number of other names. If you can find one of them in decent condition with the adaptor, it should be a good buy (still somewhat sorry I sold mine as I didn't think the image quality was much different than the Vivitar S1 105 macro I currently have, just the build quality on the Viv is signifcantly better).

There are a number of other options to shooting macro, some very inexpensive, but they are all fiddly and it depends on the lenses you own (i.e., reversing a lens or certain extension tubes require one with an aperture ring).
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look for a manual focus 50mm/f4 macro. there are some that sell for $50 or a fitting MARUMI or Raynox diopter lens for the same price. if not, if you have any lens available in your possession, just either buy a reverse ring for $5 bucks or extension tube for $10-$15 to be used on your lens. I would not recommend that you should invest on more expensive Macro lens yet.

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If the dedicated macro lenses are too expensive for you, I can recommend the Raynox adapter lens Pentaxor mentioned. I have the DCR-150 and it can give you some surprisingly good results. You can put it on any of your current lenses and get nice magnification and close-up focus.

I got this photo with the Raynox 150 on my DA L 55-300. Not as stunningly sharp as a real macro lens but not bad either. A much cheaper alternative you can try and experiment with. I think the Raynox 150's are around $60.

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Another Macro Book Reference

Rico's excellent description on macro does not have 1 reference that I believe to be the equal to A. Blaker's [1979] book--namely L. Lefkowitz's [1979] "The Manual of Close-Up Photography." Actually they have different styles/emphasis and are the most complete/technical books I have seen/used.
BTW there is little new in macro--except that the latest lenses w/o aperture ring can be limiting.
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Thank you for all your advice.

take it all into consideration


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