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12-19-2008, 10:27 AM   #16
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Wrong...180mm leica was 160 euros shipping included in Europe, ring was 80 euros, manual extension tubes, I had them already and they cost me 15 euros so that's less than 300 euros...much much cheaper than an FA* unless you know something I ignore (like a place where they retail for such a price?????)

R lenses go for a song right now as Leica is not ready to make any move to the digital R side...

12-19-2008, 10:36 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by Substitute Quote
Wrong...180mm leica was 160 euros shipping included in Europe, ring was 80 euros, manual extension tubes, I had them already and they cost me 15 euros so that's less than 300 euros...much much cheaper than an FA* unless you know something I ignore (like a place where they retail for such a price?????)

R lenses go for a song right now as Leica is not ready to make any move to the digital R side...
Actually, I don't consider myself wrong. 11357 Leica 180mm f/2.8 APO-ELMARIT-R Telephoto Manual Focus Lens for R System, USA Could you explain to us how you are using this on a Pentax body?


Edit: here are a couple on FleaBay: Leica R 2,8/180mm Prototype Elmarit-R lens - eBay (item 370129725925 end time Dec-19-08 11:55:40 PST)

Leica 2,8/180mm Elmarit-R 3-CAM - eBay (item 370129726897 end time Dec-19-08 11:56:34 PST)

Leica R 2,8/180mm with tripod mount prototype - eBay (item 370129728004 end time Dec-19-08 11:57:51 PST)

I hardly call that "a song" even for $550 plus shipping for a scratched up used one.
12-19-2008, 10:44 AM   #18
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O.k. I found a link to the Leica and laitax adapter: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/44328-leitz-el...ntax-k20d.html
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I posted a post on this Leitax adapter a while ago...
For once, Europe is much cheaper. The polish one is not bad...but you have much better deals on Leica forums (where I got mine...)rangefinder forum or even here since someone was selling one a while ago...
Plus since you'll be removing the cams, no matter if it's a 3 or a 2 cams version....then of course the optical quality is also at stakes....

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QuoteOriginally posted by CFWhitman Quote
I have heard mostly good things about this particular Sigma.

Perhaps someday Sigma will release the 150mm f/2.8 HSM macro for Pentax, and then Saltwater (NaClH2O) will have to pick that one up too.
I'll pass, I'm a bit 'macro'd out' at this point.

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This is an old thread, but it was usefull to me! So I add my padawan opinion.

QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
unless of course I run across an affordable FA* 200mm
affordable is not an objective term IMO. But I wish you good luck to find one!!

I found one yesterday, but 2000$ is not really affordable for me

For the ones who are interested, it's on Youhoo action Japan. But this needs a
Japan Yahou ID, and some auctions need a paying membership of 5000 yen(about 40euros). (like an auction for a 40mm Ltd at 166€, finishing today!!! )

If it was up to me, I would go for the Tamron 180mm. They're a little less expensive than the Sigma.

(again, I can't afford this now, so just bought the Tamron SP 90mm Di macro version for about 350$, new)
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QuoteOriginally posted by ezechiel Quote
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If it was up to me, I would go for the Tamron 180mm. They're a little less expensive than the Sigma.

(again, I can't afford this now, so just bought the Tamron SP 90mm Di macro version for about 350$, new)
Unless they just recently started, Tamron doesn't sell their 180mm macro with a K-mount. I wish they did, but they don't. Sigma is currently the only lens maker that provides a new production prime macro in the 180 to 200mm range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Piotr Quote
my proposition is to use combo of FA 100/2.8 macro and AF1.7X


Would you say this advice applies to the Tamron 90 and Sigma 105 also?

I already have the 1.7AF adapter and am trying to decide on a macro lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
Unless they just recently started, Tamron doesn't sell their 180mm macro with a K-mount. I wish they did, but they don't. Sigma is currently the only lens maker that provides a new production prime macro in the 180 to 200mm range.
I was sure I saw one somewhere on the internet! I quickly verified and only find some info on shutterbug and a thread (from 2007) mentioned B&H also. Maybe I'm confusing with Sigma 180?? A bit lost now... Mmmm yes, it was probably a Sigma..

Well, then it will be the Sigma for me It still is a reasonable price for good quality.

@Piotr:
Nice picture This is kind of what I would like to do. Catching the details of insect eyes. But also of tinier insects (like a fly). Would a sigma 90mm and a 2X TC (or extension tubes or + 28mm reverse in front of 90mm do the job?).
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If one doesn't need AF and can live with a K/m mount there is a sleeper - Vivitar 90-180/4.5 flat field macro zoom. Too bad too many of these went into lab, medical and industrial services that not many survived the misuse that they were subjected to.
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Just talked a bit with Hiep and apparently, he is very satisfied about Voigtländer 125mm. But I don't know if they have a 180mm macro. But he says it was the sharpest macro, when wide open, he had (he tested about 4 different macro lenses, if not more, and one of them: the mythical 200mm AF* ) Lucky man he was!
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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
I'll pass, I'm a bit 'macro'd out' at this point.

NaCl(unless of course I run across an affordable FA* 200mm)H2O

An affordable FA* 200/4 Marco.... where???
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QuoteOriginally posted by soccerjoe5 Quote
The Sigma is one of the sharpest lenses I've tried. One fantastic lens, awesome for shooting critters.

Google up reviews on it, it's got some really high reviews on the net.
Can you share some images taken with the sigma 180mm macro?.....frankly, I wasn't that impressed with what I've seen so far, but now that you mention this, I need to take a second, proper look.

P.S: shoot...an old thread...never mind.....
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QuoteOriginally posted by D W Quote
If one doesn't need AF and can live with a K/m mount there is a sleeper - Vivitar 90-180/4.5 flat field macro zoom. Too bad too many of these went into lab, medical and industrial services that not many survived the misuse that they were subjected to.
I very nice Nikon AI version of this just went for $343 USD on fleabay.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
I very nice Nikon AI version of this just went for $343 USD on fleabay.
There was a k mount a couple days ago that went for less than 300
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