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06-16-2009, 05:25 AM   #16
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no photo's to post, Sorry, but what about the Tamron 28-75 F2.8 XR Di

can do 1:3 macro, and is or at least when released was best IQ in the class.

06-16-2009, 05:48 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
or the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro - which is well known for the quality of it's bokeh.
I love my Tammy ... there's no way in hell I will get rid of it ... long portraiture shooting is soo much fun with it ... the IQ is always excellent with it.



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Fantastic examples everyone.
Now the OP has to make a choice from all these lenses...
Good luck.
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So which is better?

Sigma MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG (AF), Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro, or Pentax 100mm f/2.8 macro - FA or DFA?

ALSO - How hard is it to switch from Macro to Portraits, or to focus on these?


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There's really a much of a muchness ... except field of view with the different focal lengths.
Both are sharp lenses for macro work .... and with nice bokeh ... it's a hard decision.

I chose Tamron due to the fact I kept seeing some amazing work from it ... I just didn't see all that many Pentax 100mm examples around to swasy my decision at the time.
06-16-2009, 09:56 AM   #21
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I personally wouldn't buy any AF lens without quick shift, so the Pentax would win for me if I wanted that focal length for portraits. I already have a (non-macro) 100 that I love - but it's too long for "most" portrait use for me. So I supplemented it with a DA70. Either of them - or my 135 - combined with a Raynox 150 can serve as my macro lens, but then, I don't do enough macro shooting to be bothered by not having a "real" macro lens.
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photozone.de suggests that the tamron 90mm (which I own) is slightly better than the d-fa 100mm.
I really like the Tamron when doing macro/portrait, the only downsides are the weird mf/af clutch and the AF which is useless at macro distance and slow and noisy at normal distances, also because I forget to switch the aforementioned af/mf clutch a lot.
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You guys are missing the spot

The ultimate portrait + macro combo is a Bokina 90mm 2.5 + extender.

If not for FA77 in my bag I would probably get the beforementioned lens for both macro and portraiture.

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I can recommend the Sigma 70mm/2,8 macro, its just super lens! I had one of those, but i was fool and exchanced that away
but next month im gonna buy NEW ONE to my new K-7

It has best reviews of macro lenses i have seen this far, and 70mm is long enough for my shooting, great for everything but someone would like longer for insects (not me).

PentaxForums.com Third-Party Pentax Lens Review Database - 70mm F2.8 EX DG (AF Lens)
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