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07-01-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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Macro lenses for the Pentax Q

Hello, I am still very new to photography in general and I've been over the alternative lens thread here many many many times but it's confusing to me as I'm still so new to this. I can't find a reference for a good macro lens that is not made by Pentax (too expensive!) to use for my Q. I don't have a lot of money at all to spend and wondering if someone can please tell me of a lens that takes good macro shots, i.e. for plants, flowers, insects, etc, tiny details that will work with my Q that's not expensive. Also, I'm not sure what lens to use for good moon shots which I yearn to experiment with. If anyone can give me advice, I appreciate it, thanks!

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There is no dedicated macro lens for the Q yet, but Pentax is planning one. For now, most people use an adapter together with an SLR macro lens. Short focal lengths like 50mm is what you should be looking for, as longer macros will be very hard to control on the Q.

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Thank you, Adam, I appreciate your help. Do you know if the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens would be good for the purposes I desire? What about moon shots? Thanks!
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Have you considered an adapter and using a manual K or M42 mount lens?

Pentax M 50 f/4, Pentax M 100 f/4, and Takumar 50 f/4 are pretty good macro lenses, but they don't cost a fortune.

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If you have an adaptor, you don't need a true macro lens to get great close-ups with the Q. You get 3.7-5.6 times magnification (depending on whether you are comparing to APS-C or 135 format) due to the crop factor, so any sharp, close-focussing lens will do the job.

Your Canon 50 should be fine.

Here's one with the FA31.


Hebe

Even the DA*300 gets you pretty close.


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Gorgeous photos, Sandy! Do you happen to know if the canon 50 mm lens will fit the Q?

QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
If you have an adaptor, you don't need a true macro lens to get great close-ups with the Q. You get 3.7-5.6 times magnification (depending on whether you are comparing to APS-C or 135 format) due to the crop factor, so any sharp, close-focussing lens will do the job.

Your Canon 50 should be fine.

Here's one with the FA31.


Hebe

Even the DA*300 gets you pretty close.


Q-10 up close and personal
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Thanks, Julie, I couldn't find the Pentax lenses you mentioned on Amazon, but I did see the Takumar and it's a little bit out of my price range. That's why I'm leaning toward the Canon 50 mm lens because it has great reviews and I can afford it used. I just need to know if it will work with my Q before I buy it.


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Have you considered an adapter and using a manual K or M42 mount lens?

Pentax M 50 f/4, Pentax M 100 f/4, and Takumar 50 f/4 are pretty good macro lenses, but they don't cost a fortune.
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Gorgeous photos, Sandy! Do you happen to know if the canon 50 mm lens will fit the Q?
This adaptor should do the trick

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Thanks!

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This adaptor should do the trick
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You'll need a longer lens (and a solid tripod) for good moon shots though. This was taken with the DA*300 on the Q, but it still needed some cropping.

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That's beautiful! I don't need to get extreme closeups of the moon, I would just like to be able to see it properly in a nice size but without extreme detail. Do you think the 50 mm lens would do this for me? Please pardon my inexperience, I'm still learning.

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You'll need a longer lens (and a solid tripod) for good moon shots though. This was taken with the DA*300 on the Q, but it still needed some cropping.
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That's beautiful! I don't need to get extreme closeups of the moon, I would just like to be able to see it properly in a nice size but without extreme detail. Do you think the 50 mm lens would do this for me? Please pardon my inexperience, I'm still learning.
Multiply the SLR lens focal length x 5.8 to get the focal length on your Q, so a Canon 50mm will give you the equivalent of roughly a 300mm telephoto lens on your Q.
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Thanks!

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Multiply the SLR lens focal length x 5.8 to get the focal length on your Q, so a Canon 50mm will give you the equivalent of roughly a 300mm telephoto lens on your Q.
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Thank you, Adam, I appreciate your help. Do you know if the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens would be good for the purposes I desire? What about moon shots? Thanks!
With the proper adapter, that lens will work just fine.

The Q isn't the best for moon shots, but if you wanted to try doing some, then I'd recommend a 100-300mm lens.

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Don't get the EF50/1.8, its aperture mechanism is electronic and you can't control it.
In other words, it will always be wide open.

If you only need close ups, and not macro or extreme macro, then just look for a Pentax M50/2 on ebay or here in the Marketplace.

For macro or extreme macro, a cheaper Takumar 50/4; M50/4 or Vivitar 55/2.8 macro lenses will do quite well.

I'd suggest that you do not think about the long lens first.
Its too taxing on resolution so you need good long lenses on the Q to do well and these will not be cheap at all.


with a F100/2.8 macro


Tele with a F*300/4




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