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07-21-2012, 02:53 AM   #1
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Macro Setup Advice

Right Now I have a K-5 with a DA* 60-250, DA 35mm 2.4, and a Promaster 100mm macro AF 3.5 with 1:1 adapter. My favorite lens was my Tamron 60mm macro 2.0 and I want something as close as possible to it without spending too much money. I like the Promaster but it's a little too long, slow and the AF speed is a little slow for general use. I thought about selling the Promaster and picking up a Raynox close up filter to stick either on the 35mm (which is short for me) or on the 60-250. Or could sell both the Promaster and the 35mm and buy a FA 50mm 2.8 macro or a FA 50mm 1.7 and a Raynox, Ideally I would like a good macro and still retain a nice fast prime like I had with my old tamron.

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Would you be willing to venture into manual focus land? I think that having a dedicated macro, such as the A 50 F2.8 or M 50 F4 will give you better results than trying to use one of your other lenses. If you want AF, you could try a Pentax F/FA/DFA 50 F2.8 macro, but those won't necessarily be cheap.
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What about mounting a lens in reverse?
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M50/2 is dirt cheap and mounting it in reverse results in good images. My choice has been the M50/4 Macro which is a stellar performer IMHO and they come up regularly.

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I have both the M50 f4 and it's big bother the M100 f4. Both are excellent and plenty fast enough since I use a flash most of time for macro. You really don't need AF for macro anyway. You could also get a set of tubes or de-glass a couple of 2x extenders and use them with the 35 or with a 50 f2 or 1.7, both which are readily available fairly cheap.
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