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09-29-2008, 05:13 PM   #1
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Lens Choice

Hi there,
I am new to this forum and you guys seem to have loads of knowledge, so I was hoping someone could give me some advice. I have a K100D super and am in the market for a new lens. I would like to shoot macro but also general pics of the family and pets. I currently have the 18-50mm kit lens, and I am considering either the Sigma macro 105mm F2.8 or APO MAcro 180mm F3.5. Has anyone got any experience with these lenses?

Also can anyone recommend a camera store in Sydney who may have these in stock so I can have a 'play' with them before hunting down the best price?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
Sharon

09-29-2008, 06:44 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by SharonS Quote
I would like to shoot macro but also general pics of the family and pets. I currently have the 18-50mm kit lens, and I am considering either the Sigma macro 105mm F2.8 or APO MAcro 180mm F3.5.
Well, those sound fine for macro, but they wouldn't be particularly useful for "general pics of the family and pets", unless you mean fairly formal close up portraits with the 105. Realistically, you've already *got* a decent lens for general pics. since you say 18-50, I assume you mean the Sigma, which isn't as well regarded as the Pentax 18-55, but I don't know that spending $100 US or more on a Pentax 18-55 would make that big a difference. If you're looking for better quality on a general purpose zoom, the 17-70 lenses from Pentax and from Sigma would be worth a look, as would the Pentax DA* 16-50.
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Hi Sharon,
If you are looking for a store in Sydney, I dont think you can go past these guys,
Digital Camera Warehouse Australia - Discount Digital Cameras shipped Australia Wide - Home

I have bought a few things from them online, (K20, tammy 70-300 etc) and found them to be excellent. I can only imagine their store would be something like a big lolly shop, for grown ups.

As to what lens to get, I would suggest something that starts at or near 50mm, given that you already have 18-50 covered.

Primes are an option, I have the Pentax DFA 100mm and it is one of my most used lens, particularly when I travel, I find the focal length very useful and the lens is quite compact. Image quality is very good....but it is not the cheapest out there.

Happy hunting and I would be interested to know what their (DCW) shop is like if you get there.
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Hi Sharon

I primarily shoot macros and have several macro lenses as well as extension tubes and close up filters. If you have the money (and strong arms) the Sigma 180 APO is a killer lens however I tend to choose the Pentax 100mm macro more often as it is much lighter, a little brighter, and also excellent optically. I can't speak to the Sigma 105mm but I suspect it is heavier than the Pentax 100mm.

An excellent alternative to these, given you don't have any other lenses, would be to buy a telephoto zoom like the 50-300mm and use a high quality close up filter (either the Canon 500D or Nikon 5T/6T). These are expensive closeup filters but the quality for 3d subjects rivals a good quality macro lens AND you get a another zoom lens for general photography as well.

Hope this helps.

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Sharon : i also would suggest you have a look at the Sigma 17-70. I dont know what your budget is ( or I didnt see it) but this lens is great for a walkabout, leave-on-your camera lens, and it is a good macro lens.

I agree and recommend DCW in Sydney as well. Having purchased from them a couple of times.


Hi from just up the road a short distance.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bramela Quote
Sharon : i also would suggest you have a look at the Sigma 17-70. I dont know what your budget is ( or I didnt see it) but this lens is great for a walkabout, leave-on-your camera lens, and it is a good macro lens.

I agree and recommend DCW in Sydney as well. Having purchased from them a couple of times.
I second that....and perhaps the Tamron 70-300 teamed up with it.
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Sigma 17-70 is an amazing lens. Now the price is coming up again for some reasons.
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As i commented in your other thread buying o/s isnat as scary as it once was ,just stay under $1000 AU and there no dutes to pay (includes Postage)so either wait untill the conversion rates improves or burn it in australias shark stores


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QuoteOriginally posted by SharonS Quote
I am considering either the Sigma macro 105mm F2.8 or APO MAcro 180mm F3.5. Has anyone got any experience with these lenses?
"Macro" has been used a lot in this thread, but the lenses you're talking about are true 1:1 macros. Some of the other lenses mentioned in this thread are called macros, but are not "real" macros, i.e. they will not achieve 1:1 macro.

I agree with Hornet. For your intended use, you're better off with a good zoom for family photographs, and a close-up attachment for macros. In addition to the attachments he's mentioned, Raynox makes an inexpensive but high quality achromatic diopter that fits any lens with 52mm to 67mm filter size. You could partner it with a telezoom like the Tamron 70-300mm Di, Sigma 70-300mm APO, Pentax DA 50-200mm or 55-300mm. The R150 mounted on any of these lenses will deliver true 1:1 macro and the 300mm lenses will even give you 1.67:1 for super close-ups. DCR-150 Macro conversion lens for D-SLR camera

I highly recommend the DA 55-300mm for its wide angle, quick-shift focus, superior colour rendition and sharpness (especially wide open and fully zoomed). All of the other lenses I mentioned have some of the desirable characteristics of the 55-300, but no other has them all.

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Why not the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 ?
It is a well known lens for macro. I have got one and I use it for portrait.

Have a look :


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2121/2146705340_8486323c2f_m.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2198/2075488549_35073351f2_m.jpg
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