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03-02-2013, 01:03 AM   #1
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Close-focus lenses? (pref. Wide-Angle)

I looked around and found mentioning of the Pentax 35mm ltd, Zeiss T*25 distagon & the vivitar 24 & 28mm, as far as close focusing is concerned

I'm basically looking for close-focus lenses (<10in. minimum focus) and preferably wide angle
Legacy (discont.) or currently produced

Anyone made such list/research?

03-02-2013, 01:11 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by dstructor Quote
I looked around and found mentioning of the Pentax 35mm ltd, Zeiss T*25 distagon & the vivitar 24 & 28mm, as far as close focusing is concerned

I'm basically looking for close-focus lenses (<10in. minimum focus) and preferably wide angle
Legacy (discont.) or currently produced

Anyone made such list/research?
DA 21mm (0.2m), DA 15mm (0,18m), 10 - 17mm FE (0.14m).

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P.S> You may also like to look here.

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Sigma 20/1.8 has 0.2 MFD for a magnification of 1:4.
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DA 21mm (0.2m), DA 15mm (0,18m), 10 - 17mm FE (0.14m).

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P.S> You may also like to look here.

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Also, add to that the Bower (Samyang) 14mm (11"/0.28m) Which is borderline close but good value

Thanks man

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Do you want close focus or high magnification ratio? Most wide-angles allow for pretty close working distance, but magnification sucks. It would help if you qualified your question with the focal lengths your are interested in and the types of subjects you are wanting to photograph or the purpose you have in mind.


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Sigma Super-Wide II (AF) 24mm f2.8 is another one and performs quite well at the close focus distances.
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The Zeiss ZK 25/2.8 you mention gives a magnification of 1 to 2.3,
so you're focusing really close with it.

It was discontinued in 2010, but new copies are still available if you look for them.

Once you get to know the lens, it is wonderful to use.
Be aware that it is not a flat field macro lens,
but has a lot of field curvature.

For a flat field, the DA 35 Ltd works better.
It all depends on the kind of close-ups you want to do.
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The Zeiss ZK 25/2.8 you mention gives a magnification of 1 to 2.3,
so you're focusing really close with it.

It was discontinued in 2010, but new copies are still available if you look for them.

Once you get to know the lens, it is wonderful to use.
Be aware that it is not a flat field macro lens,
but has a lot of field curvature.

For a flat field, the DA 35 Ltd works better.
It all depends on the kind of close-ups you want to do.
Thanks but I looked online for the Zeiss and it was MAD expensive!

To be more accurate: I'm not looking for magnification; I'm looking for a wide-angle close focusing lens for portraits
I love portraits with dynamic perspective/distortion and after borrowing a Tokina from a friend coz it had 24mm focal length, I find out the MFD is 0.8m
like this one by Francesca Errichiello

So I wanted to know the lenses that suit this need; whether current or legacy for when I'm scavenging the junk alleys (Wide angle, short MFD/close focusing)

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The Vivitar 28mm 1:2.0 Close Focus Wide Angle goes down to 230 mm and is an ideal lens on aps-c
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The Vivitar 28mm 1:2.0 Close Focus Wide Angle goes down to 230 mm and is an ideal lens on aps-c
But almost everyone that cared to review it complained of really bad image quality
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I ran across this page sometime ago, that address what you are trying to accomplish.I believe its a bit more involved than just close focusing with a wide angle lens. Curvature within the field, is something that will vary greatly across the various lens designs. Thus, this is another variable that will enter the mix. Two different lens models with the same focal length will produce different results.

Actually, the example you linked to, I do not think that its that wide (as in the low 20's to mid teens in focal length).

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I ran across this page sometime ago, that address what you are trying to accomplish.I believe its a bit more involved than just close focusing with a wide angle lens. Curvature within the field, is something that will vary greatly across the various lens designs. Thus, this is another variable that will enter the mix. Two different lens models with the same focal length will produce different results.

Actually, the example you linked to, I do not think that its that wide (as in the low 20's to mid teens in focal length).

Thanks for the link, really informative!

The Samyang/Bower 14mm i planned on getting btw had a 5% barrel distortion (mustache type, which is a lot, according to some) so I'm guess that's what you mean
Cropping is always an option which is why I choose sharp lenses, shoot the widest frame i can get & crop as i please

But having a wide & close focusing lens, gives a lot of framing options, especially with dramatic effects
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QuoteOriginally posted by dstructor Quote
But almost everyone that cared to review it complained of really bad image quality
Huh?
For example it gets a 10 on this forum and all 3 reviews were favorable
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Oh! So you are interested in a moderate wide-angle for portraits! Well, I guess you found your focal length (24mm). Most 24s will provide fairly close working distance so that you can get your "up close and personal" perspective (big noses and receding features). Now all you have to do is find your price point or perhaps just use the kit lens. The DA 18-55 will go to 10" and should be more than adequate for novelty shots


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The K28/2.

It has floating lens elements to eliminate distortion and can focus down to 25cm or under 10 inches.

You won’t find a better wide angle lens for close focusing.

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