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04-25-2010, 04:23 PM   #1
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How do I use the macro feature on an old Kalimar zoom lens?

I bought this old Kalimar zoom lens for cheap and it works great, but I can't figure out how to use the "macro" feature.

I can't turn it any lower than 1.3m. To get to the macro feature am I suppose to do something to unlock it and get it to line up with the macro arrow? Or is that macro marking just there to show that at 1.3m it is in macro mode?

04-25-2010, 06:38 PM   #2
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At 200mm the magnification is 1:5, not really macro but close focus. At 80mm it is 1:12. You focus by moving the camera. Thats really it.

If you want a real macro you will need to get something like the Sigma 70-210 3.5-4.5 APO (1:2) macro or a prime like the Sigma 50mm 2.8 macro (1:1).

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