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06-15-2009, 06:41 PM   #1
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Best COMBO Macro AND Portrait Lens(es)?

I'm looking to buy a MACRO LENS, but also want it to double for a nice portrait lens, with great bokeh. Prefer Auto-Focus, ...manual or screw mount is ok if it is a killer lens.

What are your suggestions?

06-15-2009, 06:49 PM   #2
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your choices are pretty obvious, it's either the D-FA 100mm f/2.8 mcaro or the DA35mm f/2.8 Limited Macro. I don't own either lens but I'm sure if you talk to someone who does they'll fill you in on what they are capable of doing.
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35mm is quite short for a portrait lens. It will be difficult to get the best perspective. I, personally, would check out the 50mm macros. I am sure there are sample shots on this forum somewhere from several of them.
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The Zeiss 50mm F/2 Makro-Planar seems like a good candidate.

I have the FA50/2.8 Macro and I can't see myself needing an F/1.x lens in addition.

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To me, the longer the better for portraiture - and it also eases macro work IMO.

So I'd recommend the D-FA or FA 100/2.8 macro for AF, even a Sigma 180 macro is a possibility if you prefer it that long. I think even the 50/2.8 macros are a little short, but it depends what suits you in the style of portraiture you're into doing.

MF gems include the Kiron/Vivitar/Lester Dine 105/2.8 macro or the Voigtlander 125
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
So I'd recommend the D-FA or FA 100/2.8 macro for AF, even a Sigma 180 macro is a possibility if you prefer it that long.
The nice thing about FA 100 f/2.8 is that it has a focus limiter, unlike the DFA.

Pentax SMC-FA 100mm f/2.8 macro - Review / Lab Test Report

Pentax SMC-D FA 100mm f/2.8 macro - Review / Test Report
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some of you people think a 35 is too short for portraits?

I did THIS...


...with the FA31
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Seems odd to me that no one has mentioned the Sigma 70 macro - seems the no-brainer choice to me.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
Seems odd to me that no one has mentioned the Sigma 70 macro - seems the no-brainer choice to me.
or the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro - which is well known for the quality of it's bokeh.
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No one mentioned the Sigma 70 macro yet because Jsherman and I (and a few others) hadn't seen this thread yet

Sigma 70mm macro is your most likely candidate. Tamron 90mm macro if you want a bit longer reach. Do a Sigma 70mm search in this forum for plenty-o posts that have lots of great pics.

You won't be disappointed.

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Lens choice

I have the 100mm f2.8 macro lens that I got from a fellow member and its a fantastic lens. The clarity is beyond belief.

I also picked up the 50mm 1.4 strictly for portraits based on many recommendations from fellow members. Again a fantastic lens.

If you can post on the wanted list you will get an answer usually with an offer that's too good to pass up.

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I'm looking to buy a MACRO LENS, but also want it to double for a nice portrait lens, with great bokeh. Prefer Auto-Focus, ...manual or screw mount is ok if it is a killer lens.

What are your suggestions?
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DA35 Macro Limited

It's short for portraits, but good for closeups and for head & shoulder or torso shots. Something in the 50-90mm range would work well, but the DA35 is a quality lens that's a great all-around solution.

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Sigma 70 f/2.8 macro, people

QuoteOriginally posted by ll_coffee_lP Quote
No one mentioned the Sigma 70 macro yet because Jsherman and I (and a few others) hadn't seen this thread yet

Sigma 70mm macro is your most likely candidate. Tamron 90mm macro if you want a bit longer reach. Do a Sigma 70mm search in this forum for plenty-o posts that have lots of great pics.

You won't be disappointed.

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I love my Voigtlander 125mm Macro for portraits and macro.. though I don't shoot many portraits.




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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.
This is exactly what I was about to recommend. The shorter lenses are just fine for *some* portrait work but I personally would not want to work that close on a regular basis for portraits. Nor would I routinely want to be doing macro (1:1) with that short of a lens.

From my Tamron SP 90/2.8 Di:


Ditto, this one's almost *all* bokeh:

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