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10-03-2008, 04:18 PM   #1
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Argh, to macro or not...

OK, I have a bit of a dilemma.

Considering getting either the 50/1.4 FA or a macro lens.

Currently I do have some fast 50s (see sig), but none are AF. It would be nice to have at least one fast AF lens, since currently the 40mm Limited is the fastest I've got and at 2.8 isn't all that speedy!

But, I also would like a macro lens. I already have extension tubes and some bellows are on the way for more serious work, but it would be nice to have a lens with AF (for non-macro use) and 1:1 handy without having to do anything. You know, a walk-around lens with good closeup capability.

I'm pretty familiar with the 50/1.4 already, but macro lenses are a different story. Looks like the 50/2.8 FA is VERY nice (and not too costly), but the Sigma 50/2.8 EX DG looks quite nice too and is a little cheaper.

Thoughts?

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What about a macro teleconverter, whick make the 50 1.4 into a 1:1 macro, at least a cheap solution while saving up for a dedicated macro lens.
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What kind of subjects do you want to shoot? Yes a a 50mm macro is good but you could also consider a 100mm macro seeing that you don't have this focal length in your lineup.
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I don't really shoot much in the way of bugs (though I've done a little with the 70-300), but would like to do some creative 'fine art' stuff with shallow DOF and high magnification. I think 100mm would be too much for that type of work... The 50mm + extension tube seems to work well but I would prefer a dedicated macro lens that doesn't need extensions.

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QuoteOriginally posted by KjetilH Quote
What about a macro teleconverter, whick make the 50 1.4 into a 1:1 macro, at least a cheap solution while saving up for a dedicated macro lens.
Sure, I do have an extension tube that would work.

But money isn't the concern, I just want to make sure I get something I really need. Now I just realized that I could sell the 40/2.8 and get the 35/2.8 DA Limited which would work well for closeup stuff though might be a little short for doing 1:1...
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I used to own the FA 50 f/2.8 macro, and it's got to be one of the best 50's pentax has ever made. I sold it because I had two other macro lenses and something like five 50mm's at the time.

Two birds with one stone - AF 50 and 1:1 macro!



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Jsherman and I would also agree that the Sigma 70mm macro is a stellar lens worth considering. It makes a very nice portrait lens too.

Just some food for thought...

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