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03-12-2010, 06:29 PM   #31
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Yeah, I have a Canon digital body and I thought I could deal with stop down metering, but your examples here have proven I should probably sell my Kiron 105 and let somebody else use it - I'm just not getting this quality

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For moving subjects, stop-down metering might be a problem, but you should still be able to get great shots of static subjects.

How exactly do you do the stop-down metering on the Canon - do you rotate the aperture ring and take the shot? Are you focusing wide-open first?
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I'm focussing wide open and then stopping down with the aperture ring. Problem is, I tend to be taking pictures hand-held and it's difficult to obtain focus with a ground glass screen then maintain the distance from the subject while turning the aperture ring.

My main problem is that I can't get a lens this good in Canon mount for the money I'd get for the Kiron. It's a bit of a sticky situation.
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QuoteOriginally posted by keyser Quote
I'm focussing wide open and then stopping down with the aperture ring. Problem is, I tend to be taking pictures hand-held and it's difficult to obtain focus with a ground glass screen then maintain the distance from the subject while turning the aperture ring.

My main problem is that I can't get a lens this good in Canon mount for the money I'd get for the Kiron. It's a bit of a sticky situation.
I'd go the other way - your details show you have a fair number of pentax mount lenses, sell the Canon & get a KX or K7 and have the best of both worlds, quality glass & quality camera.

But I'm biased.

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Yeah, that would be the sensible thing to do, but for me a dSLR was a big investment and my other half would freak if I sold it at a loss! The Canon came before my Pentax collection in case you were wondering...

I would need to sell some equipment and the most valuable lens I have is the Kiron Macro. it's a damned conundrum

It's not to say I've never got usable pictures with my Canon/Kiron setup:


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QuoteOriginally posted by keyser Quote
I'm focussing wide open and then stopping down with the aperture ring. Problem is, I tend to be taking pictures hand-held and it's difficult to obtain focus with a ground glass screen then maintain the distance from the subject while turning the aperture ring.
FWIW, I also find this lens difficult to use without a tripod due to its weight. But there are tricks you can do - for example, you can use burst mode in combination with minor adjustments to focus and hope one will hit the mark.
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My first bee macro @f/11:

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Took my Viv 2.8/100mm Macro (older step-brother of Lester?) out today and these were the best of the bunch. Not as good as I would've wanted 'em to be though.





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Vivitar 100mm (Kiron) f2.8 .. I swapped mine for a D-FA 100mm f2.8
Worst thing I ever did .. although I now have a Sigma 70mm macro and am finding that very nice.

From the Vivitar.










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A quick question to all you who own this lens. How does it perform in general photography, ie not macro work?

I'm interested in getting a good short telephoto to fit in between the 50 and the 135. How does it compare against for example the Pentax-K 105mm? Any reference to the K135/2.5 would also be useful as I already own that one and can relate to it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jimfear Quote
A quick question to all you who own this lens. How does it perform in general photography, ie not macro work?

I'm interested in getting a good short telephoto to fit in between the 50 and the 135. How does it compare against for example the Pentax-K 105mm? Any reference to the K135/2.5 would also be useful as I already own that one and can relate to it.
I am not sure with the K105mm, but compared to the S-M-C Tak 105mm f2.8, my new Lester has it beat on all points except size / weight.

But if you don't need the macro and can live with with a minimum focusing distance of ~1.2 meter (SMC Tak) and a bit more flare, the Tak is almost as good. The focusing feel of the Lester is great, but the Tak is excellent, smooth as butter.

Lester test shots:

f2.8 - ISO 400


f3.2 - ISO 640 - Squarish crop




f6.3 - ISO 800 - Square crop


More test shots @ Lester A. Dine 105mm f2.8 Macro - Johan Borg's photos

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I am not sure with the K105mm, but compared to the S-M-C Tak 105mm f2.8, my new Lester has it beat on all points except size / weight.

But if you don't need the macro and can live with with a minimum focusing distance of ~1.2 meter (SMC Tak) and a bit more flare, the Tak is almost as good. The focusing feel of the Lester is great, but the Tak is excellent, smooth as butter.

Lester test shots:

f2.8 - ISO 400


f3.2 - ISO 640 - Squarish crop




f6.3 - ISO 800 - Square crop


More test shots @ Lester A. Dine 105mm f2.8 Macro - Johan Borg's photos
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Beautiful, vibrant shots Johan.


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Vivitar 100mm (Kiron) f2.8 .. I swapped mine for a D-FA 100mm f2.8
Worst thing I ever did .. although I now have a Sigma 70mm macro and am finding that very nice.

From the Vivitar.



Nice.


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Vivitar Series 1

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For general use, portarait use, AND macro - I'm surprised nobody has yet suggested the Tamron SP90mm Macro?

Great lens!
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