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04-06-2021, 09:24 PM - 1 Like   #796
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The Online Photographer: More About the Pentax Magic Macro

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Flowers... always look great with this lens.

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Agreed that flowers always looks great with this lens. As a botanist in the field this lens has been living on my K-5 95% of the time- perfect focal length, even if almost every review of macro lenses in this range seems obliged to suggest it's an awkward focal length for macro usage. We're not all shooting flighty bugs- for my work the extra context and depth of field make 30-35mm perfect, 50mm a decent compromise and 100mm a bit longer than ideal.

Unfortunately something's gone wrong with the quick-shift clutch in my lens. Maybe I was just too assertive with it, or maybe it got knocked against something the wrong way. Autofocus is essentially not working with my K-5, which is having no trouble with other lenses. Mounted on the camera with the camera off, it behaves strangely- you can turn the focus ring to extend the helicoid, but it refuses to turn back in the other direction. While the camera is on and struggling to make it turn, if I turn the ring manually the clutch will catch and let it autofocus. All around not an ideal way to work.

I was considering looking into repair options (which would cost more than the great deal I got on the lens in the first place) when I noticed that Olympus has finally made the standard zoom I've always wanted in their new 12-45mm f4, which achieves 1:2 near-macro at all focal lengths, is WR, tiny, and optically impeccable. The new 20mp 4/3 sensors are also at last completely adequate with a much better noise floor than their earlier sensors. So I've ordered the OM-D E-M5 iii with the 12-45 f4. I can sell my K-5 and other lenses. But what to do with this beautiful little HD DA 35 Ltd with faulty autofocus?

Inevitably, I would want a macro prime to use with the Olympus. Their 60mm f2.8 looks great, but is longer on 4/3 than I'd prefer. Their 30mm f3.5 checks the right boxes but honestly seems a little boring from the samples I've looked through- nothing distinctive about its rendering. There's a Panasonic 45mm that looks nice, but is expensive. So for the time being, I also have a Pentax K to micro 4/3 adapter with aperture control on the way. I look forward to seeing how this lens does on the Olympus. In the meantime, here's a nice shot from this past summer- cropped to the equivalent area of a micro 4/3 sensor.
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04-08-2021, 09:11 AM   #799
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QuoteOriginally posted by er1kksen Quote
Agreed that flowers always looks great with this lens. As a botanist in the field this lens has been living on my K-5 95% of the time- perfect focal length, even if almost every review of macro lenses in this range seems obliged to suggest it's an awkward focal length for macro usage. We're not all shooting flighty bugs- for my work the extra context and depth of field make 30-35mm perfect, 50mm a decent compromise and 100mm a bit longer than ideal.

Unfortunately something's gone wrong with the quick-shift clutch in my lens. Maybe I was just too assertive with it, or maybe it got knocked against something the wrong way. Autofocus is essentially not working with my K-5, which is having no trouble with other lenses. Mounted on the camera with the camera off, it behaves strangely- you can turn the focus ring to extend the helicoid, but it refuses to turn back in the other direction. While the camera is on and struggling to make it turn, if I turn the ring manually the clutch will catch and let it autofocus. All around not an ideal way to work.

I was considering looking into repair options (which would cost more than the great deal I got on the lens in the first place) when I noticed that Olympus has finally made the standard zoom I've always wanted in their new 12-45mm f4, which achieves 1:2 near-macro at all focal lengths, is WR, tiny, and optically impeccable. The new 20mp 4/3 sensors are also at last completely adequate with a much better noise floor than their earlier sensors. So I've ordered the OM-D E-M5 iii with the 12-45 f4. I can sell my K-5 and other lenses. But what to do with this beautiful little HD DA 35 Ltd with faulty autofocus?

Inevitably, I would want a macro prime to use with the Olympus. Their 60mm f2.8 looks great, but is longer on 4/3 than I'd prefer. Their 30mm f3.5 checks the right boxes but honestly seems a little boring from the samples I've looked through- nothing distinctive about its rendering. There's a Panasonic 45mm that looks nice, but is expensive. So for the time being, I also have a Pentax K to micro 4/3 adapter with aperture control on the way. I look forward to seeing how this lens does on the Olympus. In the meantime, here's a nice shot from this past summer- cropped to the equivalent area of a micro 4/3 sensor.
Sorry to hear you're going from the Pentax fold (mostly)... I find it hard to believe that a zoom will render as well as the "magic lens" (as Mike Johnston calls it). Hopefully the cropped version of it on the Olympus will still yield good results. But the important thing is to keep shooting...

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
Sorry to hear you're going from the Pentax fold (mostly)... I find it hard to believe that a zoom will render as well as the "magic lens" (as Mike Johnston calls it). Hopefully the cropped version of it on the Olympus will still yield good results. But the important thing is to keep shooting...
I've left and come back (or usually just partially left) many times- trying out different systems and lenses is something I enjoy, and usually manage to trade sideways by buying and selling used without having to spend much money (this is the second K-5 I've owned). For a while I was even using an M 50mm f4 macro with an adapter on a Nikon V1 (also tried it on Pentax Q but the crop was just too much). I think the 35 Ltd will do very nicely on m4/3, and so will the M 50mm f1.7 I've had since at least 2008. Ironically, I've always used the M 50 with an old rubber Olympus OM 85mm f2 lens hood (also a nice fit on the F 35-70) left over from my film days- in which I had a Pentax K1000 and Olympus OM-2. So, really this is the continuation of a long dual love I've had for both Pentax and Olympus OM cameras.

No doubt there'll be some nice results from the 35 Ltd on m4/3 to share in this thread. I certainly don't expect the 12-45mm zoom to render as beautifully as the 35, but I do expect it to be a very practical lens for my needs. I put in a lot of mileage on foot, so the small size is important, and have increasingly been shooting video for projects at work. And optically it does seem a lot better than standard zooms available for Pentax and other APS-C systems- I think this is the kind of thing where the smaller 4/3 format really has its strengths.

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A new to me DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited showed up on my door step today.
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I picked up a DA 35 Macro last year (SMC, not HD) and it has almost never left my K5IIS since. It's probably my favorite of the lenses I own (that could be a newness factor somewhat, but I've always like images I've seen online from it too).

I even really like images from it on the K1 and using the full sensor, although the vignetting is noticeable. I think I agree with Mike that it's a really special little lens.

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I got one of these here Macros as part of a set of limiteds - picked up the set with any eye toward the 15/4 that was in there, however decided to try it out and it is quite the sweet little lens. I've got a FA35/2 from new that I've enjoyed for a few years now... but may need to find a new home for it in the not too distant future!
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