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05-05-2009, 08:06 PM   #1
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Pentax 35mm ltd..I think I've made a mistake

I've had this lens for less than 3 weeks, and I'm finding it difficult to use. It's a superb lens, but for my use, the focal length is too short. I do watches...this is pretty much my entire macro interest. The lens requires me to be almost on top of the subject and then I'm in my light and diffusion. Just an observation, but I might have to trade it for a Sigma 70mm macro. In the past I've used the very fine Sigma 105, but that one is too long. So, I figure that 70mm would be just right. Isn't there a childhood story somewhere in all of this??

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Sorry to hear that the 35 ltd has been a disappointment to you. Working distance with a short-focal length macro is a bit of a problem. You get more magnification at less extension, but you are literally on top of the subject. I have the Sigma 50/2.8 Macro and am pretty happy with it, but may eventually move up to the 70 or 105 to get the greater working distance.

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There's also a Tamron 60mm coming up (f2!) Tamron SP AF 60mm F/2.0 Di II Macro 1:1

If you are only photographing watches the cheaper option of extension tubes, a 50mm or longer lens and a tripod might also be an idea.
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Sorry to hear that

But if you are into watches you might not have much trouble selling a "second hand"


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QuoteOriginally posted by Lodewijk Quote
There's also a Tamron 60mm coming up (f2!) Tamron SP AF 60mm F/2.0 Di II Macro 1:1

If you are only photographing watches the cheaper option of extension tubes, a 50mm or longer lens and a tripod might also be an idea.
That looks like a very interesting lens. Pity they don't have Pentax PK mount in their compatible list, for now
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Stick a Raynox 150 or 250 on the DA70.

Although I'm curious in what sense the 105 was "too long" - do you mean in order to get the magnification you want, you had to be too far away? Sure we can't be talking about more than a foot or two?
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Stick a Raynox 150 or 250 on the DA70.

Although I'm curious in what sense the 105 was "too long" - do you mean in order to get the magnification you want, you had to be too far away? Sure we can't be talking about more than a foot or two?
Too long as in too far away. My light source is static while I hand hold paper for diffusion as I look thru the viewfinder to achieve the desired affect. Camera on tripod...and the remote in the other hand. The 105 has too much distance between my arms length and the watch to utilize diffusion paper.

On the other hand, the 35mm macro is too close. The camera will block out or interfere with the light source. I need something inbetween, I guess. This is where the 70 comes in.

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Here is my cheezy set-up followed by the result. As you can see, it's nothing to write home about, but it works for me. Imagine this for some diffusion while I hand-hold more paper for more. A reasonable distance is a must to accomplish this and the 105 makes me sit too far away.

Edit to add that this image was taken using the fine FA 50mm macro which I no longer have. In retrospect, this was a good focal length for me.






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Wow Larry, what a beautiful macro shot, well define and detailed.

cheers,

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Judging by the outstanding quality of this shot, I don't think you need advice about which lens would be best - perhaps you should be the one giving advice on what lens people should use for macro.

BTW, I bought a DA 35, as well, but always thought of it as a "normal" prime that happens to have close focusing capabilities. Like you, I don't see it as a dedicated macro for the reason you mentioned in your OP.

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"BTW, I bought a DA 35, as well, but always thought of it as a "normal" prime that happens to have close focusing capabilities"

Yep, this what I think too. The lens is most certainly a keeper, but as a dedicated macro, there are better options.

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The Sigma 70 is a spectacular lens in every respect. Highly recommended for many shooting aspects, and great for shooting figurines, etc. - so likely perfect for watches too.

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P.S. Love the watch shot!
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Yes, you made a mistake. To cirrect it please send me the lens and the watch from that pic
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