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08-23-2008, 03:23 AM   #1
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DA 12-24 as Macro?

Hello.

Just bought my DA 12-24mm and can't afford a macro one even I need it. I would like to use my Da 12-24 also for macro shots. Is it possible?

I found a 77mm Kenko (known as Hoya in USA) high quality macro filter (Close-Up +3 PRO1 D AC 77mm) at 120 USD. It is a +3 macro filter. I'm not sure if I should buy it or not.

However this macro filter looks very solid and is quite expensive. It is a DMC filter (Digital Multi Coated) and LPF (low profile frame) especially builded for wide lenses. Will it help me or not??? I'm not sure.

You can see an image here:
http://f64.ro/photo_tmb.php?id=4911

Or do you think that an extension tube is better for this kind of wide lens?

Thank you for your help!

08-23-2008, 06:13 AM   #2
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For $120 I would think you'd be better off picking up an old 50mm and extension tubes. Heck, I picked up a bellows+a 50 for just over half of that.

Just my opinion though I have no experience with super-wide macro....
08-23-2008, 06:29 AM   #3
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i agree w/ ccalana, that's just the wrong lens for the purpose.
even if you can get very close, you will not get the magnification of a real macro lens.

perhaps you can consider some of the cheaper old Pentax Macros
08-23-2008, 06:54 AM   #4
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might not be a real 1:1 macro but the wide focal length can be really fun, challenging and different.

08-23-2008, 01:50 PM   #5
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Thank you all for your replies. Yes, I'm also looking for new experience and fun. Sure I'm not expecting to receive a true 1:1 macro but if I can get closer to the subject and the image gets clear...is everything I want.

By the way, does anyone have a pic taken with a macro filter? I just want to see how this filter works.
08-23-2008, 02:17 PM   #6
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Check out this thread (comment if you like). https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/34913-first-s-10-20-how-am-i-doing.html
I didn't say anything at the time but those shots were all taken with a cheapo Opteka +10 macro filter on. You can see the effect best in #3 and #4. If you look closely away from the centre, the focus falls away rapidly and gives a kind of flare effect.

Gary

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08-23-2008, 02:36 PM   #7
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Hello gary

Which thread? I can't find the link. Can you resend it?
08-23-2008, 03:04 PM   #8
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QuoteOriginally posted by marius Quote
Hello gary

Which thread? I can't find the link. Can you resend it?
Sorry, I've added it to my previous post, I forgot first time round.

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Sunt multe incercari de macro aici pe forum, dar lentilele sunt Raynox. Aratau foarte bine, din punctul meu de vedere.

Orice varianta ai alege, va fi mai ieftin decat un D-FA 50mm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
Sunt multe incercari de macro aici pe forum, dar lentilele sunt Raynox. Aratau foarte bine, din punctul meu de vedere.

Orice varianta ai alege, va fi mai ieftin decat un D-FA 50mm.
....Que?....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
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There have been many such macro attempts on the forum, but the glass was made by Raynox. They looked very good, from my point of view.

Whichever option you choose, it'll be a lot cheaper than a D-FA 50mm.



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