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01-23-2019, 08:13 AM - 1 Like   #61
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Good choice Sharky. The HD DA 35mm Macro was the lens I bought with my first DSLR. The K-50. Besides macro it's a great all around lens. Now start saving for the D FA 100mm Macro WR.

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QuoteOriginally posted by DW58 Quote
. . . Now start saving for the D FA 100mm Macro WR.
that is a very good lens as is the earlier versions - D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro, FA 100mm F2.8 and F 100mm F2.8 macro - which might be available for less $

" Specifications

The lens covers the full 24x36mm format, not just APS-C. The aperture blades are rounded, delivering a smoother bokeh which is important for a macro lens. However, unlike its predecessor, it has no aperture ring.

The optical design is the tried-and-proven formula of the previous generation D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro lens, which in turn had inherited the optical design from the well-respected FA 100mm F2.8 and F 100mm F2.8 macro lenses introduced in 1991 and 1987, respectively. None of these earlier lenses had rounded aperture blades. . . .


Read more at: Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 WR Macro Review - Specifications | PentaxForums.com Reviews
01-23-2019, 09:18 AM   #63
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so now, should the OP decide to post a photo and

not be able to find any other suitable thread, or decide to start one, this one is available:

Theory on DA 35mm ltd 'greatest lens ever' (?) tag - PentaxForums.com

Thanks! Subscribed to thread and will post as soon as my new lens arrives!
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Okay group, having a gas attack! I am shooting w/k-70 and I currently have 2 lenses 18-135, and 55-300 mm lenses.
I would like to get a lens for MACRO & was thinking about DA 35 Ltd Macro but was concerned about "subject distance" so I am ASKING FOR ADVICE! Please keep it short I don't want to be overwhelmed.
So group I bit the bullet and ordered the HD DA 35ltd. Macro from B&H price I thought was good as it was $107.00 off at $389.00!

Well today it is $117.00 off at $379.00 B&H photo was great they agreed to give me todays price on my order from yesterday and I am a happy camper, can't wait for it to get here!
Pentax HD Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited Lens (Black) 21450

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Got it today!

First photo!


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Congrats. Out of curiosity how far is the front element from the apple?
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Congrats. Out of curiosity how far is the front element from the apple?
Thanks!
I didn't think to measure it but give or take an inch about 6" to the front element. Camera set on "scene mode" Macro.

Another sample here!
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01-29-2019, 06:18 PM - 1 Like   #68
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I am really surprised no one has said anything about the Takumar 50mm and 100mm MACRO lenses. They do such a phenomenal job with Macro work. Even more so when you add them to a bellows or extension tubes.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mercifulfate Quote
I am really surprised no one has said anything about the Takumar 50mm and 100mm MACRO lenses. They do such a phenomenal job with Macro work. Even more so when you add them to a bellows or extension tubes.

MACRO-TAKUMAR-100mm-F4-Macro

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I might suggest the M100/4 as well, more common and decently affordable too. I have used it on my bellows sometimes.


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Good choice Sharky. The HD DA 35mm Macro was the lens I bought with my first DSLR. The K-50. Besides macro it's a great all around lens. Now start saving for the D FA 100mm Macro WR.
QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
that is a very good lens as is the earlier versions - D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro, FA 100mm F2.8 and F 100mm F2.8 macro - which might be available for less $

" Specifications

The lens covers the full 24x36mm format, not just APS-C. The aperture blades are rounded, delivering a smoother bokeh which is important for a macro lens. However, unlike its predecessor, it has no aperture ring.

The optical design is the tried-and-proven formula of the previous generation D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro lens, which in turn had inherited the optical design from the well-respected FA 100mm F2.8 and F 100mm F2.8 macro lenses introduced in 1991 and 1987, respectively. None of these earlier lenses had rounded aperture blades. . . .


Read more at: Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 WR Macro Review - Specifications | PentaxForums.com Reviews
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Congrats. Out of curiosity how far is the front element from the apple?
QuoteOriginally posted by DW58 Quote
I have a K-70 and both the 35mm macro ltd and the 100mm macro WR. I use the 100mm for all my macro shots. Both are great lenses.

To all the members who helped me spend my money, I thank you here is the result, I hope to get years of enjoyment out of this lens!
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many of us take pride in advising others on how to spend their money

looks like you made a good choice
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I recently bought a used copy of the DA35 2.8.
I have been considering this lens fkr a long while deciding if i needed a longer lens or not.
I have the M100/4 macro which is good but 1:2.
I decided on the DA35 as a general purpose lens.
Very happy.
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I recently bought a used copy of the DA35 2.8. . . . Very happy.
that is the goal - what makes you happy
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I recently bought a used copy of the DA35 2.8.
I have been considering this lens fkr a long while deciding if i needed a longer lens or not.
I have the M100/4 macro which is good but 1:2.
I decided on the DA35 as a general purpose lens.
Very happy.
I haven't had mine long but I think it is a great lens,hope you enjoy yours!
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