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02-03-2014, 12:42 PM   #1
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Sigma 50mm 2.8 Macro EX vs. Da50mm 1.8 $200. lens on K30 body

I've spent much time researching the new "plastic" DA50mm 1.8 lens, with regard to using it as a macro lens.
My Sigma 50 is a true macro lens. I have taken many PPG shots with it.
Having almost decided on buying the DA50 1.8, I reflected back on my many photo albums of macros taken with my Sigma. Excellent bokeh, color and sharpness.
MY QUESTION IS THIS: With the enhanced abilities of the remarkable new K30: increased ISO, 16megapixels for much higher resolution than my old K100D:
Can I expect to get more keepers from my Sigma using this K30. I'm thinking that its enhanced capabilities might just justify my sticking with my Sigma 50 Macro. .
Any opinions will be appreciated. Freddy

P.S. I still have my DA35mm 2.4 plastic lens which works really great in low light and makes a excellent wide angle lens for photos I take in my living room.
I have not yet explored its bokeh possibilities because of the terrible weather we've been having in New York.

02-03-2014, 01:29 PM   #2
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The 50/1.8 has a terrible reproduction ratio for macro shots. If you are closer than 1m to your subject, my guess is the real macro will be nicer every single time. The 1.8's chief advantage is the larger aperture.
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Thanks for your input, kozlok. Freddy
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I can't imagine preferring the Pentax lens over the Sigma macro, unless you absolutely need that 1.5 stops. I'd guess that the Sigma would perform at least as well as the Pentax in every respect, plus provide the usual benefits of a macro lens (close focusing plus flat field), but I don't have personal experience so can't say for sure.

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Thanks for the input, tidbits. Freddy
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