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03-12-2010, 08:17 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike.P Quote
Pentax FA* 200mm macro
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I used to own the Sigma 17-70 and actually preferred it for macro shots over my current 50mm, even though it was only 1:2.2.
A 1:1 macro lens will do 1:2, just move back. But a 1:2 lens will not do 1:1.
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I have the FA-100 macro - a very slick lens. Literally, it's all smooth and metaly.

I'd agree for macro, though, usually I'm firing manual focus. I'd probably do just as well with a manual lens. When using it as a 100mm telephoto, though, the center-focus is extremely accurate and fast. I need to remember to change settings, though, from when I'm shooting with macro back to normal shots or I tend to under-expose.
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I've got a SMC Pentax-M 100mm f/4 that does a fine job on a K20, and cost around a hundred bucks. It's only a 1:2, but it's excellent resolution affords some cropping. It's build quality alone makes it a joy to use.

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I would pick the 100mm, for me the trade-offs are offset by the extra reach which I've come to appreciate. I used to shoot macro w/ a 55mm and I missed a lot of moments because of the lack of reach.
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Generally that is true, and I love my Viv Series I 105mm. However I also got a lot of use from the DA35 when I owned it, since it is so compact and renders so nicely. While there are some shots I am sure I would not do with it, for most macros it was just fine.

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