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11-01-2014, 06:32 AM   #1
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Best Macro for close-ups of skin

Hi there,

Can anyone help me choose which Macro to buy? I've searched the forums but still unsure what would suit my needs. I have a 35mm P3 and I'm working on project taking close-ups of skin. I have the following lenses:
28-80mm f3.5 (make unknown)
Sigma 80-200mm f3.5
and a Pentax 50mm prime (no macro)

I'm not getting the sharpness I want with any of these. I'm thinking that I need to invest in a Prime macro, but what mm should I look to buy for the kind of close-ups I want to do? 28mm, 50mm or 100mm? I want to get so close to the skin as to see the fine lines and texture while avoid blurring around the edges. Preferable under 100 (that's possible).

Any advise appreciated!

11-01-2014, 07:56 AM   #2
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I would recommend the D FA 100mm f2.8. The M 100mm f4 would be the budget-friendly manual-focus version.
11-01-2014, 07:57 AM   #3
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the pentax 100mm 2.8 is the top of the top......
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QuoteOriginally posted by Leo Quote
Hi there,

Can anyone help me choose which Macro to buy? I've searched the forums but still unsure what would suit my needs. I have a 35mm P3 and I'm working on project taking close-ups of skin. I have the following lenses:
28-80mm f3.5 (make unknown)
Sigma 80-200mm f3.5
and a Pentax 50mm prime (no macro)

I'm not getting the sharpness I want with any of these. I'm thinking that I need to invest in a Prime macro, but what mm should I look to buy for the kind of close-ups I want to do? 28mm, 50mm or 100mm? I want to get so close to the skin as to see the fine lines and texture while avoid blurring around the edges. Preferable under 100 (that's possible).

Any advise appreciated!
I think vivitar 100mm f3.5 can be a low budget macro lens with good ratings...

Cosina 100mm F3.5 Macro
https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/cosina-100mm-f1-3-5-mc-makro.html

Vivitar 55mm F2.8 Macro
https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/vivitar-55mm-f2-8-1-1-macro.html

They are good budget macro under 100. If you want to go to high end, you can go Vivitar 90mm 2.8 => Tamron 90mm 2.8/Pentax 100mm 2.8 WR=> Pentax FA*200mm F4 :-)


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11-01-2014, 09:25 AM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by phoenixvision Quote
la pentax 100 millimetri 2.8 il top del top ..
11-01-2014, 09:34 AM   #6
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Sigma 70mm for me on skin muahahaha
11-01-2014, 01:05 PM   #8
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Thank you for all the suggestions!

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longer focal length gets you further way from the subject.

Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 90mm f/2.5 (52B) Lens Reviews - Tamron Adaptall Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

that lens rocks on the a7r, solid bang for the buck.
11-19-2014, 03:55 AM   #10
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il 100mm macro pentax il top dei top .confrontandolo con il vecchio 100mm macro 1.4
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I think it depends on what you will use it for? i have the Pentax ltd 35mm 2.8 macro and pentax WR d-fa 100mm 2.8.
I like the 100mm best for macro use
I like the 35mm best for everyday/walkaround use combined with macro
11-19-2014, 03:44 PM   #12
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QuoteOriginally posted by Leo Quote
Hi there,

Can anyone help me choose which Macro to buy? I've searched the forums but still unsure what would suit my needs. I have a 35mm P3 and I'm working on project taking close-ups of skin. I have the following lenses:
28-80mm f3.5 (make unknown)
Sigma 80-200mm f3.5
and a Pentax 50mm prime (no macro)

I'm not getting the sharpness I want with any of these. I'm thinking that I need to invest in a Prime macro, but what mm should I look to buy for the kind of close-ups I want to do? 28mm, 50mm or 100mm? I want to get so close to the skin as to see the fine lines and texture while avoid blurring around the edges. Preferable under 100 (that's possible).

Any advise appreciated!
Tamron 90mm 2.8 Di lens is a nice sharp lens with good color!
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