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04-29-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
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Comparison Macro/close-up shots

At this time of year my interest is in wild flowers and early bloomers. Since buying my k1ooD in Nov. 07 I have added the Pentax D FA 50mm Macro and the Sigma 70-300 APO w/macro to my lens collection. I wanted to begin shooting with them, and as I did, I wanted to compare results. I also used the 18-55 Pentax kit lens in the comparison, getting as close as possible to the subject. The clarity and definition of the D FA Macro was evident but the Sigma turned in very acceptable results as did the kit lens. I must say that the flower (Siberian Squill) is quite small (6 in tall) and the wind was causing considerable movement making it difficult to focus since I was shooting hand held. All in all it was great to get out, plan the shots, and enjoy the results.

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04-29-2008, 10:26 AM   #2
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I'm a big fan of the kit lens, and these photos reinforce my confidence in the lens. The 50 macro is also really nice with the Sigma close behind. Were I to borrow your lenses, I would probably just go out with the 50 for capturing flowers.
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I was very impressed with the IQ of the kit and the min focusing distance as well, I always felt it excelled in contrast and saturation, truly a great all around every day lens.
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