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08-01-2008, 05:20 PM   #1
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Macro lens decision

I recently (today) sold my loved fa 50mm 2.8 macro because it just did not fit into my lens path plan.
With a DA 40mm limited and the need for a longer macro the 50mm was sold to fund a NEW macro... sooooo....
I've been looking at 3 (kinda 4) and I want to know if anyone has any opinions on these...

1) sigma 70mm ex macro
2) tamron 90mm di macro
3) FA pentax 100mm macro
4) D-FA pentax 100mm macro.*

*I think from what i've seen the FA is supposed to be superior (like the 50) but I am wondering if anyone has a different opinion.

What would you use for handheld macro shooting? ?

08-01-2008, 05:51 PM   #2
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I have been looking at a macro lenses as well.
I think that I will go for the Tamron. I feel like the sigma is too short, and the Tamron seams to be doing very well, not only as a macro, but also as a telephoto and a portrait lens. And, it is a lot cheaper than the Pentax ones...
Unless i find a very nice used pentax, I think that the tamron will make it to my bag before the end of the year!
08-01-2008, 05:56 PM   #3

Dont forget to check the sigma 105

the tammy 90 and sigma 105 both have some good shots posted on here

I still love my Vivitar series 1 105 but when I got mine last year they were going for 250.... now at 500 I would be grabbing that tammy 90 if the rebate for 90 bucks was still going on....
08-01-2008, 05:59 PM   #4
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If you'd rather not fool with the rebate on a new Tammy 90, KEH has 3 used ones for sale ranging in price from $310 to $325.
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08-01-2008, 06:02 PM   #5
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Deudeu brings up a point I forgot about.. I would like to use this lens not just for macro but as probably a portrait lens as well...
The Tamron seems to have a pretty good following

As far as pricing goes, I've found the Sigma and Tamron around 370 or so new, the FA 100mm at 410 and the d-fa at around 550

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08-01-2008, 11:33 PM   #6
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I just picked up the Tamron for macro, but with nothing interesting to shoot at in my area, I started doing some portrait and using it as a walkaround lens. The portraits are killer and on par if not better than my 50mm f1.4 lens.

I can't speak for the other lenses, but the Tamron has impressed me thus far. I've seen good macros come out of it too shot by other members here.

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