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07-19-2010, 12:21 PM   #46
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Doesn't it have a pull-out hood?

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I just bought a Lester Dine 105mm macro and I installed it on my K-7. Can anyone direct me to a lens hood that can fit on this thing?
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Doesn't it have a pull-out hood?

Robin is right, my copy of Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 has a pull out lens hood. It is not obvious until you try to pay attention and pull it out. I no longer have the Lester A Dine to confirm but I assume they are similar in having a built in pull-out lens hood.

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I tried to pull on the end of the lens and turn it also. I see some universal rubber ones on eBay and they are cheap enough. I just wish they were longer.
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Check out the pictures on the review page. Is your lens not like this one?

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Lester A. Dine

rparmar,

It looks very similar to the lens on the review page. The type and engraved images are a bit different.

Someone here in Florida told me about this lens. He said there were other companies who marketed this lens under their brand names and even though they were sold as f/2.8 lenses they are all actually f/2.5 lenses.
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A question to other Lester or similar lens owner. Now that I bought a variant of Lester A Dine in Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 by Kiron , I wonder if I can let go of my Sigma 105mm Ex DG 1:1 macro. The AF is obvious. For using the macro lens mainly on bugs and flowers, I can say MF all the way is fine with me but I occasionally find myself short on patience and find AF help especially with bugs moving as in flying bees. If I do part with my Sigma 105mm, will a single Lester like macro lens will fit one's macro needs.

The only gripe besides the long focus throw is solely on moderation on PF/CA found in Lester. I am yet to try more on my Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 by Kiron. And the best quality in Sigma is the absence of PF/CA. I know that many people can handle PF/CA in post processing. My preference is to get it right and rely less on post processing. Your thoughts welcome about my changes of plan

#1 Keep both Sigma 105 and Vivitar 100 which is equivalent to Lester optically

#2 Sell Sigma 105 and suck it up to one macro lens and totally MF. If PF ever happens on the Vivitar as much as I see in Lester, deal with it or pretend it does not exist.

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Knowing you, Hin, I think the answer is to sell the Sigma and then buy a different macro lens in a month or so.
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Knowing you, Hin, I think the answer is to sell the Sigma and then buy a different macro lens in a month or so.
This is so true however hard I try not to be myself.

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#1 Keep both Sigma 105 and Vivitar 100 which is equivalent to Lester optically

#2 Sell Sigma 105 and suck it up to one macro lens and totally MF. If PF ever happens on the Vivitar as much as I see in Lester, deal with it or pretend it does not exist.


One of my concerns over buying the Kiron was the lack of autofocus. Even the manual focus is slow but that can be good for fine-tuning my focus if I wish to use a tripod.

Most butterflies of small size such as hairstreaks and blues around here in Florida are easier to approach than larger ones.

My attitude is, give me a sharp lens that can give me great images first and I will deal with the rest of it. Sure I might blow some opportunities but I will find similar ones again. It really depends on what you want to do.
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