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08-24-2012, 04:55 AM   #1
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Pentax 35mm 2.8 Macro

Hi guys,

sorry, it is a bit embarassing to ask this but I bought the 35mm Macro lens and I have no experience with Macro lenses.

My question is, do i have to switch something if I want to cahneg from Macro to normal purpose mode, I really don't get it how to use this lense?

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08-24-2012, 05:06 AM   #2
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No, you dont have to do anything - just point the lens at something close and focus. Some macro lenses have a focus limiter but not this one.
08-24-2012, 05:20 AM   #3
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It's easiest if you
1. switch the body to manual focus.
2. prefocus the lens to the desired magnification, say 1:2 or 1:1
3. move the camera towards the subject until it comes into focus.

You will probably need a tripod and/or flash when going beyond 1:2 magnification, unless you're happy with very small depth of field.

Enjoy!! It's the best lens ever.
08-24-2012, 05:36 AM   #4
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Thank you very much guys, I get it now how to use it for Macro shots, but I'm a little bit confused about the m/ft scale, let's say i put the focus on 0,5 ft and I point it on an object with the same distance, I really don't get a sharp image!!!

Sorry maybe I'm a bit dumb?

08-24-2012, 05:46 AM   #5
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It should be in focus. It is 0.5 feet from the sensor not the front of the lens. Notice that this close the depth of field will be short!
08-24-2012, 05:52 AM   #6
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Arrrggghhh!, Big thinking problem, all problems resolved, THX!!!
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Yes, its only macro when the subject is close. You will always get the largest magnification at the shortest focusing distance, so get close to the subject and its macro, but if you are further away.. well then its a normal lens. Honestly, macro just means it can focus close enough for a certain magnification. 1:1 means the image projected on the sensor is the same size as the subject.
Macro lenses also usually tend to have a flatter focusing plane (as in, not curved) and are known to be pretty sharp. There are also a lot of tutorials on macro photography online, which can be very helpful to get started, especially in terms of lighting. Hope you have fun with your new lens
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Now I've got it, this is really a friendly forum That is not very common, thank you!!!

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