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01-23-2010, 03:33 PM   #1
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Tip for FA35mm f2.0 owners and macro

When this lens was more available, no one could ever decide: FA35 or DA35. Since both lenses were awesome in their own way, the choice frequently came down to what you needed most, low light or macro capability. So maybe there are some FA35 owners who like their choice but want slightly better macro capability.

I just recently got a cheap KA-mount teleconverter and removed the glass to make a KA-compatible extension tube. Then I realized I could use it with the FA35. It works well. You have to manually focus, which is a little trickier because the focus ring has a limited sweep. I don't know the exact magnification. I could get close enough to worry about touching the front element.

The idea may have been so obvious that no one has mentioned it before, or I forgot reading about it. I made the extension tube to add to my travel kit, instead of a macro lens. The FA35 normally makes the travel kit, so I'm sure I'll use both some day.

01-23-2010, 10:33 PM   #2
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hi Dave,

care to share some pictures? I'm quite curious about your results. I on the other hand might use a diopter on it instead, but have to wait before I decide on getting another Marumi diopter lens.
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When you want to travel light I think the DA35macro is a good option.
You can't have it all in one lens though, neiter in two lenses, especially
if you want a decent macro option.
On a (very) restricted budget there are a lot of macro possebillities.
In case the budget is a bit less restricted the use of a extra Takumar,
K or m macro lens is more convenient and optical better solusion I think.
My Samsung 35/2.0 was euro 270. I paid euro 80 for my m100macro.
If the weight was a problem I could also have chosen the m50macro.
Gives you more working space than a 35 macro aswell.

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01-24-2010, 11:47 AM   #4
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There is a thread all about turning a TC into a macro tube HERE

Did it a while back and it works well.

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