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08-10-2013, 06:34 AM   #1
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Looking for my first macro lens

I am expecting delivery of my K5II and 18-135mm combo any day now, and I am thinking of also getting a macro lens to add to my collection.

I already have the following Pentax lenses: 35-80mm, 18-55mm, 100-300mm, which I have been using with my *ist DL.

Any recommendations of which macro lens to get?

08-10-2013, 07:25 AM   #2
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I have Sigma 50 2.8 Macro.
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True Macro 1:1
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Short focal distance for 1:1

It's an excellent lens for macro work.
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Yep... This one. It's sold under the Cosina, Phoenix, Promaster, Vivitar, and probably other names. It's extremely sharp, has beautiful color rendering, nice bokeh, and it's a lot less than most other true macro lenses. Just make sure if you buy a used one that it comes with the matched 1:1 diopter. It also makes a great portrait lens.

Here's the AF version. There was also a Pentax branded version of this same lens. It's optically identical to the manual focus version above, but isn't quite as good in the build quality department. Both are built of plastic, both are lightweight, but the manual focus version feels better to use, and is better suited for macro anyway. Either would be an excellent choice, though.

Cheers,
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https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-lens-articles/152336-cheap-macro-b...lose-work.html

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-clubs/74221-raynox-macro-club.html

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I've had excellent results with the Tamron 90mm macro. Tamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 Di Macro

I was lucky enough to get my copy for $260 from a local shop. (It pays to just drop in and browse from time to time.)

I especially like the ability to limit the AF range on it to speed up focusing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bronmar Quote
I have Sigma 50 2.8 Macro.
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Razor Sharp
True Macro 1:1
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Short focal distance for 1:1

It's an excellent lens for macro work.
I use the Sigma 50/2.8 EX DG Macro. Works great. My only complaint (common to all shorter focal length macros) is the short working distance at 1:1. Depending on budget, I would also suggest the longer members of the Sigma macro family along with the perennial favorite, the Tamron 90/2.8. If I were buying today, I would probably save up for the Pentax-D FA 100 WR. The idea of shooting macro in the mist is intriguing.



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QuoteOriginally posted by GibbyTheMole Quote
Yep... This one. It's sold under the Cosina, Phoenix, Promaster, Vivitar, and probably other names. It's extremely sharp, has beautiful color rendering, nice bokeh, and it's a lot less than most other true macro lenses. Just make sure if you buy a used one that it comes with the matched 1:1 diopter. It also makes a great portrait lens.

Here's the AF version. There was also a Pentax branded version of this same lens. It's optically identical to the manual focus version above, but isn't quite as good in the build quality department. Both are built of plastic, both are lightweight, but the manual focus version feels better to use, and is better suited for macro anyway. Either would be an excellent choice, though.

Cheers,
Bob :-)
Unfortunately, it only delivers 1:2 maginification Here is the link to Klaus' review at photozone.de:

http://www.photozone.de/pentax/368-cosina-af-100mm-f35-macro


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Sigma 70 2.8

Good luck!

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I use both Pentax-A 50mm f/2.8 and DFA 100mm f/2.8 WR

To be honest, pick your focal length (50mm, 60-70mm, 90-105mm) and pick your price. I don't think any of the true macro lenses will disappoint.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Unfortunately, it only delivers 1:2 maginification Here is the link to Klaus' review at photozone.de:

http://www.photozone.de/pentax/368-cosina-af-100mm-f35-macro


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In that review it says under Specifications "other features 1:1 macro adapter", which is why people are saying to make sure to get this lens with the matching diopter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Neville Quote
I am expecting delivery of my K5II and 18-135mm combo any day now, and I am thinking of also getting a macro lens to add to my collection.

I already have the following Pentax lenses: 35-80mm, 18-55mm, 100-300mm, which I have been using with my *ist DL.

Any recommendations of which macro lens to get?
It depends on what you are going to shoot. If your subject is shy bugs, the longer focal length you can get, the better. It is hard to catch butterflies, dragonflies and the like with a macro lens shorter then 90mm.
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SMC Pentax-FA 100mm F2.8
has been part of my three lens kit since I got it. A trifle heavy but worth the effort.
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I prefer 100mm for macro and use a DFA 100 although any dedicated macro should do. I prefer being further away from my subject so as not to shade the subjects such as flowers and it is also good for bugs.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Unfortunately, it only delivers 1:2 maginification
No, it's 1:1... It comes with a matched 1:1 diopter standard.
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I wouldn't go shorter than 90mm

But you don't need an AF lens.. since the majority of the time you will not be using the auto focus as the depth of field is so slim that you will focus your shot by simply rocking (very gently) the whole camera back and forth until you find the sweet spot.
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