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05-07-2014, 10:59 AM   #1
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Two macro lenses? Advice is needed.

Hi everyone.

I hope I get some feedback from you people that own two or more macro lenses.
My wife and I both enjoy taking macro photos and since the arrival of my K-3 she is very found of my DFA 100mm Macro.
Almost to found of it
Been thinking if it's worth to add another macro lens to my collection or should I spend my money on something different.
(Like a Fisheye, portrait lens or a better tele zoom.)
One of the reasons I ask this now is that I am soon going to Beijing where the lenses are at a much better price than here in Sweden so I would love to get some feedback from you all.

Been looking at the DA 35mm Ltd Macro, DFA 50mm Macro and the Sigma 70mm Macro
(Doubt I will find the Sigma in a Pentax K mount in China thou)
I don't mind an all manual lens so people with manual macro lenses are most welcome to help me out as well

See my signature for my current lens collection.
Hope for some feedback.

Cheers
Josef

05-07-2014, 11:06 AM   #2
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The DA 35 is more than a macro, it's useful as a normal view lens, too. The only drawback is the long focus throw, which means the lens can take longer to acheive focus. That's part of macro - the super-fine focus adjustment. But you have a DA40 for this purpose.

If close focus is important, the DA35 is nice. If you want a second higher magnification macro, the 50 is decent and is a good portrait length.

Me? I'd go with the 35 to have something different. There's no point in two people taking the same sort of pictures - you should have variety for your albums.

I don't see a fisheye in your kit, and those are a LOT of fun to play with. If longer-ranged shooting is important, I'd look into that too - It's all about what's important to you and what you can't do with your current kit.
05-07-2014, 11:23 AM   #3
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Might be worth looking into the Vivitar 2x Macro Focusing Teleconverter Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database -- it lets you use any of your lenses for macro work (you could even try doing macro with the LensBaby!). I got mine for $35 on ebay. Then you can get something fun like a fisheye but still have a second macro option to play with
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QuoteOriginally posted by Yos Quote
Been looking at the DA 35mm Ltd Macro
Since you already have the 100, my advice would be to get this one. It will give you a different field of view, a different DOF, bokeh feeling, etc. It will be easier to use when your 100 gives you too much of a narrow DOF. You could sell your DAL 35 and pay for part of the 35 macro.

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I actually have 3 macros, 2 FA50 (1 for each of us) and an FA100 which we occasionally share, but I use mostly.
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You could get a raynox dcr-150 which would pair really well with your 55-300 if u want a 2nd macro option. It wouldnt make sense to spend more money on another macro. The raynox is cheap. Then wait to see if u can find a good deal in china on one of the ltd pentax lenses
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The F (or FA) 50/2.8 are the better macros in the 50mm range. I have the D FA 100 WR and the F50/2.8 macros. I use the 100 more, but the 50 is still one of the sharpest lenses Pentax ever made (some say the sharpest). It has nice colors, and it's also useful when you want a flat-field for shooting larger objects without getting too far away (e.g. when I was shooting cabinet doors for a remodeling company's online catalog).


The most obvious thing missing from your lineup is at the long end. A DA*50-135, a Tamron 70-200/2.8 (I prefer the DA*50-135 if it works for you, though), or a F/FA/DA*300 would be good. Any one of these three lenses would be a great addition to fill the hole in your lineup. The DA*50-135 is also good for portraits, as is the FA77 or FA*85 (even for non-portrait work I use my FA*85 more than my DA*50-135, although the latter is my favorite zoom by a wide margin).

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You seem to have quite a lot of lenses, but only one long telephoto and one that's ok but not great, imo (55-300). How about getting a long macro? For example a sigma 180mm springs to mind. It could double as a high quality telephoto.

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Looking at your lenses, I would get the DA35/2.8, paint the red ring green if you get the new version, change the 2.8 to 2.4 with a black marker and white out, and also black out the part that says 'Macro". Claim you've purchased a slightly mutilated and used DA35/2.4 so both you and your wife could have one, but you'll be generous and take this newly acquired but used lens for your use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Yos Quote
Hi everyone.
....
Been looking at the DA 35mm Ltd Macro, DFA 50mm Macro and the Sigma 70mm Macro
(Doubt I will find the Sigma in a Pentax K mount in China thou)
I don't mind an all manual lens so people with manual macro lenses are most welcome to help me out as well

See my signature for my current lens collection.
Hope for some feedback.

Cheers
Josef
I have the FA 100/2.8 Macro and the DA 35/2.8 Macro. The DA 35 is my favorite lens currently. I use it for a walk around lens plus macro. So I would highly recommend the DA 35/Macro.
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I own a DFA 100, DA 35 Limited, and a Tamron Adaptall 90mm, all three are macros. My favorite, hands down is the DFA 100, I wish it was the DFA 100 WR lens but...it's not. The old Tamron Adaptall 90mm with extender to a true 1:1 macro is a nice MF lens, sharp too but it's just not my favorite. Comparing the DA 35 and the DFA 100, the DFA100 is a true macro and the DA35 is a lot of other things with a nice close focus set up. Personally, I suggest you look to filling other holes in your kit. A fisheye is a lot of fun and the DA 10-17 is one of the most versatile (and it can close focus too!).
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I really, really like my Sigma 70mm macro. But I borrowed a DFA 100mm and it won hands down. Not that it took better pictures, necessarily, but it was lighter and faster to focus. I think it would be hard for you to switch to the 70mm after using the 100mm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NicoleC Quote
I really, really like my Sigma 70mm macro. But I borrowed a DFA 100mm and it won hands down. Not that it took better pictures, necessarily, but it was lighter and faster to focus. I think it would be hard for you to switch to the 70mm after using the 100mm.
Right - I think the D FA 100 WR macro is the best all-around macro you can get for K-mount - especially in the 100mm-ish FL. It doesn't seem to have any weaknesses. But there are a few competitors that have equal (or possibly slightly better) IQ.

The best IQ usually wins me over, over all other factors. But in this case the IQ is so close, and all the other characteristics are so strong, that it was easy for me to sell all its competitors after getting it (except for the Cosina 100/3.5 AF macro, which is just too good a value to sell when I can still use it for my "cheap but good" kit).
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I got the Pentax FA100 3.5 (same as the Cosina) as my first prime and macro lens for my 1st DSLR camera because I love taking macro shots. I then added a Vivitar 55mm and it was good and gives a different perspective than 100mm lens. I now use the FA100 more as a portrait lens for outdoor use because it renders beautiful colors and 3D pop. The Vivitar now is dedicated as a macro lens when I wanted to get close. I do have the Raynox 250 which I seldom use but gives good macro capability to any lens.
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With the DA 40mm already in your kit, do you really want a 35mm macro?

I have both the DFA100 and the DA35 macro, but it is rare that I use the 35mm at 1:1 as it requires being to close to most subjects. It is more often used as a "close focus" lens, which your 40mm maybe good enough for.

Given what you already own, perhaps you would like the DA 10-17mm (0.39x macro) or sigma 15mm fisheye (0.26x) lens to try WA macro and just using a fish eye in general?
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