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03-06-2008, 07:11 PM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by distudio Quote
Indeed, I've owned a lot of very good dedicated macro lenses, and the V125/2.5 is the standout.

The following link is Nikon orientated but it's worth noting the authors comments regarding the V125/2.5 given his obvious extensive experience with top class macro lenses.

Special Lenses For Nikon 'F' Mount
Love that link. Makes me wish Pentax really made a macro lens...

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QuoteOriginally posted by jeffkrol Quote
Love that link. Makes me wish Pentax really made a macro lens...
LOL, it's a bit sobering. Given my personal comparisons of the well regarded A100/2.8 Macro vs the V125/2.5 there was no competition from the Pentax, I sold the A100/2.8 Macro quite soon after. The V125/2.5 is one of the few lenses I've owned that truly lives up to the hype that surrounds it.
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Whilst on the subject of favourite macro lenses:

I am planning to use the 1.7x AF TC with a macro lens to shoot butterflies, etc. Camera K20D (yet to be bought!) Can anyone here who has done this or has a good idea advise me which macro lens would be the best to use with it?

Ther is also mention here of a Sigma 180mm macro in Pentax mount. Is the Sigma 150mm also available in Pentax mount? Any idea where I can get a 180/150 macro used?

Thank you all.
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I disagree with all of you.

The bestest and favoritist macro that mortal can possibly own is the FA*200mm F4 1:1 Macro. It's the definition of "perfect".

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. <insert stick-out-tongue smiley here>

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QuoteOriginally posted by tranq78 Quote
I disagree with all of you.

The bestest and favoritist macro that mortal can possibly own is the FA*200mm F4 1:1 Macro. It's the definition of "perfect".

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. <insert stick-out-tongue smiley here>
That's okay for you. The rest of us have to pay for our lenses.
03-06-2008, 10:01 PM   #51
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QuoteOriginally posted by Khukri Quote
Whilst on the subject of favourite macro lenses:

I am planning to use the 1.7x AF TC with a macro lens to shoot butterflies, etc. Camera K20D (yet to be bought!) Can anyone here who has done this or has a good idea advise me which macro lens would be the best to use with it?

Ther is also mention here of a Sigma 180mm macro in Pentax mount. Is the Sigma 150mm also available in Pentax mount? Any idea where I can get a 180/150 macro used?

Thank you all.
You may (or may not) have seen my series of photos I recently shot with my voigtlander 125mm and 1.7X AF TC. Just realize the 1.7x TC operates at f/4 or smaller. The camera won't get to a wider aperture. It works great with that still. Plus, if you want to shoot butterflies or other such subjects, you want/need to use a small aperture anyway to you can have some DOF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tranq78 Quote
I disagree with all of you.

The bestest and favoritist macro that mortal can possibly own is the FA*200mm F4 1:1 Macro. It's the definition of "perfect".

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. <insert stick-out-tongue smiley here>
Yeah, it's a great macro lens, but too big, too long, and most of all, too expensive for guys like me

If I don't own or never tried the lens, I can't claim it's my favorite one

I myself have used (and owned all except the Vivitar and Voigtlander): A50/2.8, FA50/2.8, F100/2.8, FA100/2.8, A100/2.8, Vivitar 105/2.8, Sigma 50/2.8, Tamron 90/2.8 Di, and my favorite is the A50/2.8 (1:2 mag ratio is good enough for my current needs). I'll probably get a Voigtlander someday ...

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QuoteOriginally posted by tranq78 Quote
I disagree with all of you.

The bestest and favoritist macro that mortal can possibly own is the FA*200mm F4 1:1 Macro. It's the definition of "perfect".

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. <insert stick-out-tongue smiley here>
It might be the best, but it can't be everyone's favorite since not everyone owns one. This is certainly high on my list of purchase, but it's darn hard to find. Even if I manage to find one, the damn thing might be too high in price to give me a second thought.

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Have Olympus 20, 80, 135 macros (with variable extension tube) and Pentax DFA100 & A*200 macros. Not even close. Would never part with the A*200. Not that its better quality than the others ( it actually is), its the longer focal length. The background just simplifies so nicely. Criminal that its not available new.
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With regards to this frenzied discussion of "the best macro lens", my take is it depends on what the subject that is being shot. Some have indicated a particular macro lens because it's the only one they own, while some might have more than one to compare.

I currently have the following macro lenses:
Pentax FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro
Sigma 90mm f/2.8 Macro
Pentax DFA 100mm f/2.8
Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 125mm SL f/2.5

also had the Vivitar 100mm f/3.5 Macro (el-cheapo but good) which I sold away

Without a doubt the Voigtlander comes out on top in terms of resolution, clarity and all round optical quality.
But is it the best? Really depends on your subject matter. In fact I find I use the FA 50mm Macro more often because I shoot still life more than I shoot insects, flowers or shy animals. The Voigtlander is too long and too narrow in FOV for still life and product shots as the working distance would be too great.


FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro

I'd rank the quality of the present lenses I have as follows: Voigtlander, FA 50mm, Sigma 90mm and last of all the DFA 100mm. Pentax in their effort to make a more compact and lighter 100mm macro have compromised on optical performance for the DFA 100. Similar offerings from Minolta/Sony, Canon and Nikon are better as I'm sure the older FA 100mm is too.
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I just nabbed a Vivitar Series 1 105 on the bay, I hope I did good Vivitar Series 1 105mm f2.5 Macro - eBay (item 160215120675 end time Mar-04-08 14:59:42 PST)


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I just nabbed a Vivitar Series 1 105 on the bay, I hope I did good Vivitar Series 1 105mm f2.5 Macro - eBay (item 160215120675 end time Mar-04-08 14:59:42 PST)


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That's the same guy I got my FA* 24 from. A friendly local fellow with some serious glasses. Shame that he got converted to Nikon for faster AF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aegisphan Quote
That's the same guy I got my FA* 24 from. A friendly local fellow with some serious glasses. Shame that he got converted to Nikon for faster AF.
Was it a good price aegisphan?

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You have your vivitar at a very good price considering it's as new. Those can run up to $270 easily, depending on the craze/lust for the lens at the moment.

And if you ask about my FA* 24, it was a good price as well. I could tell that he barely touched the glass (he said he found the DA* zoom more convinient/faster AF). And I paid about $100 less than the usual price for a much more used one, though it's about $70 more than what he paid new last year . Oh well, blame the damn noob eBayers driving up the price.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aegisphan Quote
You have your vivitar at a very good price considering it's as new. Those can run up to $270 easily, depending on the craze/lust for the lens at the moment.

And if you ask about my FA* 24, it was a good price as well. I could tell that he barely touched the glass (he said he found the DA* zoom more convinient/faster AF). And I paid about $100 less than the usual price for a much more used one, though it's about $70 more than what he paid new last year . Oh well, blame the damn noob eBayers driving up the price.
I think I got very, very lucky.

Right you are about Ebay prices for the older Pentax lenses, I almost gave up but stumbled across the BIN price for this lens and....Whewww!

I just bought a lens from our own forums and the nice thing is, if the members don't like the asking price the item does not sell.

The item I bought was not one of the "high tech" lenses, but it was something that I wanted to play around with. The seller was a great person and answered all my questions.

I'm now looking for a 600 f4 for under $500...anyone?

Ray
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