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11-04-2008, 05:09 AM   #1
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Which macro lens would you pick if you only had one choice?

I've read a few of the threads here about the 35 / 50 / 100mm macro lenses, and there seems to be pros and cons with each.

I'm mainly interested in bug macros (thinks like praying mantis & caterpillars) and fish / coral etc through aquarium glass. Which focal length would suit my needs best?

Bear in mind I don't have unlimited funds

I'd be looking at something that would cost around US$400 - $500 at the most. I've seen some awesome results from a guy with a Canon 40D with 100mm macro lens, but it may have been as much the skill of the photographer as the choice of lens.

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11-04-2008, 05:24 AM   #2
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For bugs you'd want the longer macros for more working distance
11-04-2008, 06:17 AM   #3
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don't forget reversed lens trick...

I dunnow, I've heard you have rather large bugs in your part of the world, perhaps you might not need a macro!

Actually, I reference you to this thread:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/40742-calculat...rsed-lens.html

I had great success using an adapter ring that married the front of a 50mm f2 to the front of a 85mm f2 and got some really high magnification images. Some examples are posted on that thread. You might already have suitable lenses for this in your kit.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ViS Quote
I've read a few of the threads here about the 35 / 50 / 100mm macro lenses, and there seems to be pros and cons with each.

I'm mainly interested in bug macros (thinks like praying mantis & caterpillars) and fish / coral etc through aquarium glass. Which focal length would suit my needs best?

Bear in mind I don't have unlimited funds

I'd be looking at something that would cost around US$400 - $500 at the most. I've seen some awesome results from a guy with a Canon 40D with 100mm macro lens, but it may have been as much the skill of the photographer as the choice of lens.

Cheers
If I had to choose only one? The A100mm f/2.8 or similar focal length and aperture.
It would be a manual focus lens though, not AF.

11-04-2008, 07:24 AM   #5
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If it turns out that you are interested in a 100mm macro, there was a used one for sale on the site that I think was a pretty good price (although I'm not sure about it's condition, exchange rate etc...)
11-04-2008, 09:16 AM   #6
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tough subject range

For larger bugs like mantis and caterpillars I think the 70mm sigma (highly rated) would be a good choice. but for the aquarium fish thru the glass you may need something a bit shorter...

There are so many good macro lenses... tamron 90, sigma 70, DA 35.... and even old MF classics like the vivitar series 1.

How big are the fish and how close to them would you be trying to focus.
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The macro lens I'd like to pick is the FA* 200 like the one that just went up on eBay for $3400 BIN..................
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Only one and limited funds? You'll get the most focal length versatility (though not the greatest ease of use) out of a bellows unit rather than a single lens.

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The macro setup I'm enjoying using atm is a 135mmf3.5 super takumar on 16 mm extension tube
I have a lovely Tamron SP90 2.5 if I'm feeling really keen

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QuoteOriginally posted by John Kovarik Quote
The macro lens I'd like to pick is the FA* 200 like the one that just went up on eBay for $3400 BIN..................

Ahh, you saw it as well did you
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Although I've never used one, I'd probably choose a FA* or A* 200mm macro.
On the other hand, I've got a Lester A. Dine 105mm 2.8 macro and it takes beautiful photos and only cost $315.
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Vivitar Series 1 105mm f/2.5 macro

It rocks. Even when not used for macro.

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Yeap, it is pretty damn sweet lens, but I don't shoot macro as much as I thought I would, and it overlaps my DA*50-135mm so at this point its expendable. But if I don't sell it I know that I will put it so some use during the spring.
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I have an SMC-M 100F4. It is a nice little lens, except that to go 1:1 needs extension tubes (no big deal). I would truely love to have a 200mm Macro, but not at the cost.

for me, it is all about working distance, the longer the better in that respect.

Keep in mind however, that is for field applications. for inside work, especially on a copy stand, longer is not always better.
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