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03-13-2013, 04:05 PM   #1
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Close-focus/macro lens

I am moving back to NH next week and I want to be ready for the Spring flowers that will be popping up. I would love to have the 35Limited Macro lens but I am only going to be allowed to buy two lenses this Spring (ran into quite a bit of money but we are using that to pay off about $30,000 in debt). I don't really need a true 1:1 lens, just something that will get me very close with sweet bokeh. I will probably be picking up the 70/2.4 as my second lens so the close-up/macro lens needs to be cheaper. I am not sure I really even need an AF lens, but I want it to be P/k mount, not m42. Any suggestions? I am open to anything. Most likely the lens will be used 80% of the time on my K-01, even though I have the K-5. I just can't see to put the K-01 down! LOL

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QuoteOriginally posted by treebeard Quote
I want to be ready for the Spring flowers that will be popping up. I will probably be picking up the 70/2.4 as my second lens. Any suggestions?
The DA 70 does fine for flowers:




People complain about it not focusing close,
but its minimum focus distance is absolutely standard,
at 10 times the focal length.
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How about the A50/2.8 Macro? Or the Sigma A 50/2.8 Macro? Both are MF, the Sigma is 1:1 the Pentax 1:2, both are available for less than $200. I paid less than $120 for my Sigma.

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I picked up a Promaster (Cosina) 100/3.5 macro with AF for under $200; it does 1:2 without its adapter, 1:1 with the 49mm screw-on (which would fit the DA70 too!). It's also ~230 grams so it's a lightweight companion. The manual version is usually less, and this is a fine sharp 100mm short tele as well. If saving money is really huge, the DA18-55 is mighty good going to about 1:3 - but you might not think as much of the bokeh.

And I agree, with the DA70 in hand you'll capture some quite excellent images.

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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
How about the A50/2.8 Macro? Or the Sigma A 50/2.8 Macro? Both are MF, the Sigma is 1:1 the Pentax 1:2, both are available for less than $200. I paid less than $120 for my Sigma.

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I would opt for the Sigma 50/2.8 but I am leaning towards something longer, like the 70 or 100 focal range. That 70 looks pretty sweet. Nice pictures by the way.
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I would also throw the F35-70 out there for consideration...not really macro but it is a fun lens and very easy on the wallet.








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QuoteOriginally posted by jimr-pdx Quote
I picked up a Promaster (Cosina) 100/3.5 macro with AF for under $200; it does 1:2 without its adapter, 1:1 with the 49mm screw-on (which would fit the DA70 too!). It's also ~230 grams so it's a lightweight companion. The manual version is usually less, and this is a fine sharp 100mm short tele as well. If saving money is really huge, the DA18-55 is mighty good going to about 1:3 - but you might not think as much of the bokeh.

And I agree, with the DA70 in hand you'll capture some quite excellent images.


have the Pentax brand FA100mm f/3.5, the lens body/optic are in mint condition, but no box nor the diopter, PM me if anyone want to buy for $170
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Does anyone have a Voigtlander 40mm F2 and recommend it? I don't think it is a true macro but Voigtlander lenses get great reviews for both their sharpness and bokeh and are mid- priced, being only MF.

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Pentax-M 100/4.0 Macro can likely be had for not much over $100, and has great IQ/sharpness.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jimr-pdx Quote
I picked up a Promaster (Cosina) 100/3.5 macro with AF for under $200; it does 1:2 without its adapter, 1:1 with the 49mm screw-on (which would fit the DA70 too!).
Buy the Cosina (MF version is even cheaper if you want) and put the savings toward an FA77 instead of the DA70. I sold all my other macros and kept only the AF Cosina and the DFA 100 WR. Everything I had in between (e.g. latest Tamron 90 AF, Vivitar 105/2.5 MF) wasn't enough of an improvement to justify the increased cost over the Cosina - not untill I got to the DFA 100 WR.

In fact, maybe someone here is buying a K-5 IIs who doesn't want an FA77, and you can work a deal with him (for the $250 discount on a new one).

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I would also recommend either the F35-70 or the F35-105. Both has a macro function at the tele end that is quite useful. You get compact walk around lenses with fast AF as a bonus.

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Thank you for all the responses. I will take a look at all of the lenses suggested.
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M 50 f/4 macro - can't be beat for a low price. Similarly the Vivitar 55mm f/2.8 macro is great.
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I would say look at the Sigma 90/2.8 Macro....great lens.
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