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12-02-2012, 03:05 PM   #16
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As others have mentioned, AF is less important for macro but having a KA-mount at least gives you easier exposure control. Doing stop-down metering with K- or M42-mount lenses is relatively easy but a bit more time consuming.

But hey, if you want AF then that's what you want. Check out the Cosina 100mm f/3.5 macro. It's got kind of crappy build quality but reasonably good optics. It was sold under several brand names, including Cosina, Vivitar, Phoenix, Quantaray, Promaster, and even Pentax. More info...

Cosina 100mm F1:3,5 MC Makro Lens Reviews - Cosina Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Cosina AF 100mm f/3.5 macro (Pentax) - Review / Lab Test Report

Here's one with Pentax branding: SMC Pentax FA 100mm F 3 5 Macro Lens 0027075031357 | eBay

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12-02-2012, 04:45 PM   #17
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I have 4 macro setups, the cheapest was $60, the most expensive was about $149. ( but this latest one is in 1984$)

They ate, SMC-m 100/4 macro, the S-M-C tak 50/4, the tamron 90/2.5 and a bellows with a 135mm enlarging lens.

In addition to this I have extension tubes in both K andM42 as well as an M42 focusing helix, and the vivitar 2x macro focusing tele converter.

There are lots of cheap options out there. The tamron cost me $60 a few months back. Came with M42 mount. The M100/4 was the most expensive, considering what 1984 dollars would be worth today. The tak cost me about 90, and the bellows complete as I modified it (it started as a Miranda bellows) abut 125 with enlarging lens

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