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05-18-2008, 03:27 PM   #1
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Which Macro ?

Vivitar Series 1 105/2.5 Macro
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Tamron 90mm

I have the Tamron on the way from B&H , be here on Tuesday .

There are 2 Vivitar Series 1 105/2.5 Macro for sale elsewhere .

Anyone have lots of experience with both ??

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05-18-2008, 03:56 PM   #2
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I have never heard anything bad about the Tamron, so no worries, I don't have one, but every time i see a post about one, it is always positive !!
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I would like to know this as well. Is one better for portraiture and people shots and the other better for more naturish?
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I've never seen the Tamron but I have the Vivitar and I love it, a joy to use. It is big and heavy but that doesn't bother me as I usually have it on a tripod.
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My Tamron 90mm is on the way. Should be here by Thursday or Friday I wanted the extra working distance then I would get with the DA 35mm f/2.8, a very nice lens by the way.
05-18-2008, 07:09 PM   #7
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KFrog, I am confused... how does the DA35mm give you more working distance?

Jesus and Okami, I have the vivitar and I really like it. But my thought is that if you are looking for a portrait prime and macro lens then the AF tamron might be the better option. The Vivitar 105 does well with portraits but it is MF and it takes a lot of turns of the lens to go from macro shooting to a quick portrait shot. The sigma 70 and Tamron 90 are both good portrait/macro lenses... If I had not found the Vivtar 105 when I did, the tamron was coming home with me.
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Great info Gus, Thanks

BTW which exact lens do you mean by sigma 70

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this is the sigma 70mm macro I was talking about,,
Sigma | 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro AF Lens for Sony & | 270205

the sigma 105 and tamron 90 are also good macro lenses too.

There are many great macro options so do a search on here to find some other posts. I love my Vivi 105 and 90, but a AF macro lens for portraits would be fun too.
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Tamron makes good lenses. full stop.
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I have the Sigma 70mm f2,8 Macro and I love it. See below some pictures taken with it, just to show you how it works NOT in macro mode (Macro is something I am still learning and I still canīt get the results I want )

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QuoteOriginally posted by Okami Quote
I would like to know this as well. Is one better for portraiture and people shots and the other better for more naturish?
well the tamron is AF. outside of macro use that would be a big plus. IMHO.
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I love my Tamron 90mm Macron lens ... although i do use it more for long portraiture work more than macro ... but it is very nice for macro work ... good for close up detail shots as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
KFrog, I am confused... how does the DA35mm give you more working distance?

Jesus and Okami, I have the vivitar and I really like it. But my thought is that if you are looking for a portrait prime and macro lens then the AF tamron might be the better option. The Vivitar 105 does well with portraits but it is MF and it takes a lot of turns of the lens to go from macro shooting to a quick portrait shot. The sigma 70 and Tamron 90 are both good portrait/macro lenses... If I had not found the Vivtar 105 when I did, the tamron was coming home with me.
I guess my point wasn't clear. What I meant was I want the extra working distance I would get with the Tamron 90mm vs the Pentax 35mm. The 35mm is a great lens being a Limited and all, but I want the ability to get macro shots from farther away.

By the way it came in yesterday and I've taken a few preliminary shots with it. Nice. I need to work with it a bit more and find some proper subject matter, but hey that's part of the fun isn't it?
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Having used my 90mm a few times , I am now kinda wishing I had forked out the $800 for the Sigma 180mm , more working distance

Can I use a 1.4 thingy ?? You know , what ever makes it longer ?
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