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01-30-2014, 03:52 PM   #1
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1:1 MF macro lens

Hey guys,

I'm looking for a manual focus macro lens with 1:1 magnification. (manual being because I'm too cheap to pay for AF ) Really, I'm thinking a manual version of the DFA 100mm or the Tamron 90mm.

Does anybody know of one that has good IQ, controls Chromatic Aberration relatively well, etc?

I'd prefer not to spend over 200 or 250 - I can't justify spending too much more than that.

Cheers,

Nic

01-30-2014, 04:19 PM   #2
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If you can find a Vivitar 105 2.5, that is a great MF 1:1 macro. When available they seem to be in the 220-250 range. I love mine!
Check it out in the PF lens reviews:
Vivitar Lenses for Pentax: Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

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01-30-2014, 05:49 PM   #3
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Panagor 90mm f2.8 Macro PMC Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

Also known as Vivitar 90mm F2.8 (not the Bokina), Elicar 90mm F2.5, Rokunar 90mm F2.5 (I have this one with the 'A' contacts), etc.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dunerunner Quote
If you can find a Vivitar 105 2.5, that is a great MF 1:1 macro. When available they seem to be in the 220-250 range. I love mine!
I had this lens (Vivitar series 1 105/2.5) and it was really, really good. I eventually got and kept the 100 WR instead, because it was more versatile (smaller and lighter, and thus I took it with me more often). But other than not having it with me enough of the time, I can't think of any faults in this lens. Besides being sharp and having nice colors, it can produce absolutely beautiful backgrounds.

Like most macros, it's not really that strong at normal (non-macro) distances, but that's not why you buy one (the 100 WR is one of the notable exceptions to this "rule.") If anything, it's a little better than my 100 WR - as a pure macro lens.

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Visit 105 series 1 is absolutely amazing. Do some thread searches. It is on lens I could never get rid of. I use other lenses more, but would not think twice about replacing them with a newer model. Not so with the series 1 as it is absolutely amazing in every aspect.
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The Vivitar 55mm f2.8 is 1:1 and takes great pictures. I got mine a few years ago for under $100...although I don't see them often.
01-30-2014, 09:13 PM   #7
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Sigma has a 50mm f/2.8 macro with auto-aperture that's not hard to find. It usually sells for a little over $100. It's a good lens if you don't mind the shorter focal length. There's a couple on the marketplace right now:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/24-photographic-equipment-sale/248651-sal...tar-100mm.html

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/24-photographic-equipment-sale/245572-sal...0mm-5-6-a.html

Sigma still makes an autofocus version of this lens. A used one is still in your price range. KEH has one for $205:

50 F2.8 SIGMA MACRO EX (55) *WITH HOOD, CAPS

EDIT: Actually, the Tamron 90mm you mentioned is also in your price range, used. KEH has one for $225:

90 F2.8 TAMRON MACRO SP 1:1 (55)

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You might look into getting a Raynox. They work pretty well, they're autofocus on an AF lens and they're cheap.

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Here ya go.. It's excellent and inexpensive. Available under the Cosina. Promaster, Phoenix, Vivitar, and Pentax brands. Just make sure you get the 1:1 matched diopter that comes with it.
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Thanks for all the replies, everyone! I'll definitely look in to all of these options!
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The early M42 Macro Takumar F4.0 50mm preset is 1:1. But at usually over twice the cost of the newer 2:1 versions.

KEH had a couple last time I looked - at close to $200.
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Vivitar macro 2x teleconverter ( sold also under Teleplus name) with any fast 50mm like SMC-A 1.4 or 1.7
I also use it very enjoyably with Samyang 85mm 1.4
you will get full 1:1 and infinity
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QuoteOriginally posted by dunerunner Quote
If you can find a Vivitar 105 2.5, that is a great MF 1:1 macro. When available they seem to be in the 220-250 range. I love mine!
Check it out in the PF lens reviews:
Vivitar Lenses for Pentax: Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

I am falling for this lens, would this fit/work on a Pentax ME Super?
01-31-2014, 06:13 AM   #14
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Vivitar/Lester DIne or Kiron 105mm 2.8

I had all the versions of this lens in the past. Vivitar/Lester DIne or Kiron 105mm 2.8 all made by Kino Precision company.

I even have the predecesor, the Vivitar 100mm 2.8 Macro.

I currently have the Kiron in PK mount. I can not use manual lenses anymore, but I keep this one for a while. It is a very very good Macro lens.

I also have the Pentax FA 50mm 2.8, it is also a 1:1 Macro. Excellent lens and very sharp.

A most expensive and very limited is the Pentax A 100mm Macro (about $500-$1000 depending on condition)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Raffay Quote
I am falling for this lens, would this fit/work on a Pentax ME Super?
Is should work fine. Mine has an aperture ring (I believe all the variants do also) so it works with older bodies as well as full "A" functions with newer ones.

I second this lens. It's a great pice of glass and metal.
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