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06-04-2008, 06:35 AM   #1
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1:1 Macros above ~100mm

So I am thinking that I want a longer reaching macro (LBA returns). Aside from investing a mortgage payment and a good part of 5 years looking for a FA*200 Macro, what are my other options?

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Have you tried putting a tele-converter on on your vivitar?
210mm f5.

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Yeah, I had the Vivitar 2x Macro TC, too much IQ loss for me.
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Voigtlander 125 f2.5

Sigma 180 f3,5 (not too long ago they were in stock, I dont know how is the situation now)

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I think if you can get the VL125 for less than a Sigma or Tamron, then you're laughing. If that fails, then the Sigmas or Tamrons
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The Sigma 180mm could a nice, I think the VL125 is too close to the VIV105, looking more to compliment than replace the Viv. I'll have to check that out.
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I opt the SIGMA 180mm. Bad that it is not HSM on Pentax mount. But with a macro lens ...
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There are Sigmas 150 and 180. And I believe Tamron has 180 mm too. I don't have any experience with any of them, the only above 100 macro (and the only I have) is Sigma 105. But I guess that's gonna be tad short for you

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There are Sigmas 150 and 180. And I believe Tamron has 180 mm too. I don't have any experience with any of them, the only above 100 macro (and the only I have) is Sigma 105. But I guess that's gonna be tad short for you

I dont think that Sigma makes the 150 for Pentax and I have doubts about the tamron too.
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Just 'cause I'm feeling mischievous...

DA* 200 + a mess of extension tubes. About 160mm of extension (plus focusing the DA* at it's closest distance) should do the trick.
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Tamron makes a 180mm macro that's one of their SP lenses (same as the DA* or EX lenses from other makers). I assume it's 1:1, but I'm actually too lazy to look it up. In fact, it was all I could do to make this post.
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Tamron makes a 180mm macro that's one of their SP lenses (same as the DA* or EX lenses from other makers). I assume it's 1:1, but I'm actually too lazy to look it up. In fact, it was all I could do to make this post.
I was meaning that I doubt they make it for Pentax K-mount (I wished they made it or that it were available)
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Sigma 180mm macro is really handy for flying insect macro for sure
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DA* would need an auto everything extension tube

QuoteOriginally posted by Groundloop Quote
Just 'cause I'm feeling mischievous...

DA* 200 + a mess of extension tubes. About 160mm of extension (plus focusing the DA* at it's closest distance) should do the trick.
Are you aware of an extension tube on the market for Pentax that will support a lens without an aperture ring? I've looked and it seems that Kenko no longer produce a Pentax model (since the merger). If anyone knows of such a tube set available, I'd love to hear about it and it would probably solve the OP.
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I think Vivitar also makes an A tube set.
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