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12-07-2012, 12:05 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
There were two Zeiss ZK "Makros" (natively 2:1) for Pentax, but both are discontinued.

The ZK 50/2 was available for less than a grand.
It's both a fast fifty (sharp and useable at f/2) and a macro option.

The ZK 100/2 was less than half the price of its Coastal Optics competitors!
Actually, you have that backwards, it was 1:2 i.e .5 to 1. This is the Canon version of it here. If it was 2 to 1, it would take the sting out of the price of a mf only lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sage97 Quote
Don't forget the Sigma 105mm 2.8.
We mentioned it to him but it has been discontinued for over a year for K-mount.


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Yesterday I tried Zerene Stacker to try my hand at focus stacking and it's a lot of fun. If I like macro enough, now that I know what I'm doing, I might just get one of these: StackShot - Focus Stacking Macro Rail

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It got here safely


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Well I took advantage of the Adorama sale and ordered both the DA35mm and D-FA 100mm macro lens. They arrived today and will start testing both. My initial test in the house hand held favor the DA35. I will be using it mostly for flowers, but might investigate bugs or stuff.
My only prior experience with macro was with a Canon FF & Canon 100L IS macro lens used mostly to shoot flowers & plants. With that lens I was very satisfied using it hand held, the IS worked very well. The Pentax 100mm macro seems not as easy for hand holding, but I need to get outside with better light. It might be because of the crop factor vs FF of the 5D. My Pentax is the K5 II.
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QuoteOriginally posted by FrancisK7 Quote
It got here safely
You'll like it.

Put the supplied hood and lens cap away. In their places, get a 49-28mm stepdown adapter ring and a 28mm lens cap.

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Soldbear thanks for the cap idea for the 100. No vignette problems with that setup?
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
No vignette problems with that setup?
Nope. No vignetting.

I have the same setup for the newly-acquired DFA-50mm.
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It depends on one's budget, actually. I dont think you can find a bad macro lens anyway. It is good that you have got the 100wr but for someone in a tight budget, there is always the option for older lens, like the FA 100mm macro. This is a sample from the lens.




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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Soldbear thanks for the cap idea for the 100. No vignette problems with that setup?

I also think this is great!

Found the step down ring on ebay for $1.99 shipped!

The only 28mm lens cap I could find was a Fotodiox at Amazon for $2.95

This will be a nice setup - thanks for the idea SOldbear!
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The only 28mm lens cap I could find was a Fotodiox at Amazon for $2.95
There is nothing saying that you have to buy one -> linky.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SOldBear Quote
There is nothing saying that you have to buy one -> linky.
Thanks again.
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Honestly, the 100 DFA Macro and 160 Ring Flash Combo is what is keeping me from switching to other brands. The Canon and Nikon 100mm macros are mammoth compared to Pentax's!
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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
the 100 DFA Macro and 160 Ring Flash Combo....
One of the things I'm not particularly happy with my ring flash (Sunpak DX-12R and DX-8R) setup is that the ring flash is attached to the filter thread of the lens. That may strain the AF motor & gears. I'm trying to find a way to attach the ring flash to the lens the same way as the hood is attached. The opening of the DX-8R is too small for that, but the DX-12R is possible if I modify the supplied lens hood. I'm thinking whether it's worth it to sacrifice the hood. The $45 price tag makes me hesitate.

Think think think....

Something like this, but with the "extra" part of the hood cut off:
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QuoteOriginally posted by SOldBear Quote
One of the things I'm not particularly happy with my ring flash (Sunpak DX-12R and DX-8R) setup is that the ring flash is attached to the filter thread of the lens. That may strain the AF motor & gears. I'm trying to find a way to attach the ring flash to the lens the same way as the hood is attached. The opening of the DX-8R is too small for that, but the DX-12R is possible if I modify the supplied lens hood. I'm thinking whether it's worth it to sacrifice the hood. The $45 price tag makes me hesitate.

Think think think....

Something like this, but with the "extra" part of the hood cut off:
Yea that should work...

One of the cool things about the Pentax setup is that it attaches to the hood bayonet via adapter so your concern would be addressed. Of course it aint cheap :/
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are ring flashes still the best option for strobist-method macro photography?
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