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06-22-2011, 07:56 AM   #1
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Looking for recommendations

I just purchased the K-r from B&H last night, it came with the 18-55 DA-L and the 55-300 DA-L kit lenses. I already have a Pentax M1.4 50MM. I am looking for a decent Macro lens to round this out. Any suggestions?

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06-22-2011, 08:29 AM   #2
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It's really a question of what your budget is. Personally, I'd want something around 100mm. There are a number of good choices between 90 to 105mm there and range between old and new glass, manual and auto focus.
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The biggest bang for the beginner's kit is probably adding the DA L 55-300mm zoom and the $55 Raynox DCR 150..

This combination allows about the maximum range of hand-held photography possible; from the smallest critter or flower that can be reasonably photographed hand-held to the smallest bird at the largest distance that can be photographed hand-held.

Close-ups using the Raynox 150 on the 55-300 are at least 8" from the subject and auto flash and focus work flawlessly & image quality is superb.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-clubs/74221-raynox-macro-club.html
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I'm adding both the DCR 150 and 250 to my shopping list. My god, what a cost efficient way to get some really beautiful shots. Thanks for posting that, newarts.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Philoslothical Quote
I'm adding both the DCR 150 and 250 to my shopping list. My god, what a cost efficient way to get some really beautiful shots. Thanks for posting that, newarts.
You'll find that later you might want a dedicated macro lens but you'll be happy you have a Raynox in your pocket when you go walkabout "Just in case."
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+1 newarts!

I use the Raynox 150 on the 55-300 as well. It can give you some really nice shots with lots of detail. I was in the same boat as the OP, wanting a dedicated macro lens. I still may end up with one eventually but the 150/55-300 combo will hold me over very nicely until then.

Nice thing is, you can use the Raynox with any lens. It will work on your 50 and the kit 18-55 as well. I have used it on my DA 35/2.4 (need a step down ring to mount it) and really love the results!

Got this pic with that combo on World Pentax Day:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2712/5846568696_b059afd009_z.jpg
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I have the Tamron 90, which I like a lot, takes nice sharp portraits of my daughter too. I might want to have something even longer though for lizards, they are skittish. I am interested in getting a raynox also.
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Thanks guys! I appreciate the responses!

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QuoteOriginally posted by newarts Quote
You'll find that later you might want a dedicated macro lens but you'll be happy you have a Raynox in your pocket when you go walkabout "Just in case."
I'm sure I will, but there's just no way I can afford one anytime soon, so this looks like the perfect compromise.
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