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10-27-2013, 05:06 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by turley85 Quote
So first, does anyone know of a better wide angle macro for pentax than a Sigma 24mm F2.8 (x0.25)?
The Sigma 28mm f/1.8 MACRO EX is a fantastic lens.

Not a true macro (in the 1:1 magnification sense) and not wide-angle on an APS-C camera, but due to its close focusing ability and speed (f/1.8) it is very versatile.

Its only downside, AFAIC, is that it is not compact, but I personally don't mind that.

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For me, this is what my 35 LTD macro is for:





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And similar fun with the 10-17:

10-28-2013, 12:22 AM   #18
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Thanks for the overwhelming responses everyone!

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Can you tell us when you are planning on using a wide angle macro? Macro is always closest possible focus. You probably noticed how close you need to be to the subject when you have your 100mm at nearest focus.
I'm planning on using the WA macro as a brighter and closer focus (doesn't need to be 1:1!) lens (than 18-135) when out with the 18-135mm and a wide angle landscape/people lens when out with my 100mm macro. I'm rarely out with a camera bag, rather I carry any accessories in pockets so lightweight, such that I actually take the lens with me, is high priority.

I'd actually forgotten about the macro ability of the 10-17mm! If it was brighter or lighter it would be at the top of my list. I think it will reside on my N+1 list for the moment....

Given your responses, I think the 24mm sigma is probably the best compromise (weight/macro/brightness), assuming i can find one for sale, but I both the DA21 and DA35 ltd are still on the radar...

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I took this yesterday with the DA10-17. The daisy is less than 2cm in diameter and the front element was nearly touching it. You can't get much closer, or wider than that.


Fish-eye macro

Other DA10-17 shots from this month (many of which are taken at very close range) viewable here.

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It's not a macro but, my 18-135 get most of the images I want, even some I'd normally take with a macro lens...







Cranked out to 135, it's actually really good.

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I do think the Sigma Superwide is a very good option, and it's a wonderful lens. As to those doubting the usefulness of a wide near-focus lens, well, I think it can have its uses.

Here's a close-focus shot with the Superwide II (MF version):




And here's a close-focus shot with the Sigma 17-70mm F/2.8-4.5 @17mm - also a good close-focus lens, though bigger than the OP probably wants:


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The DA 18-135's not too shabby on its own for casual, available light close-ups --

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Depends whether you mean "macro" or "close-up". If it's close-ups you want, then your 18-135 is engineered quite well to do flowers and such, which you've probably experienced already.

For wider, I can agree with others that the DA21 can focus very closely and renders very well, and it's about as small as they come. The only thing is that the 18-135 in that 21-24mm range is very competitive at most distances with the DA21 except maybe in contrast and handling of starbursts.

DA35 macro is tops, but not wide, just normal. It's a lot more hand-holdable than the 100.

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Thanks to everyones recommendations in this thread.

I ended up finding a DA 35mm macro for a really good price second hand.. so I bought it!

I think it complements both of my lenses well; macro and brighter when travelling with the 18-135mm, while providing a more wide angle perspective when out with the DA 100mm macro. And given all the comments in the lens review section, I was very impressed with the AF speed on my K5; it's a macro lens after all!
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