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08-08-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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Is the K-01 good for macro shooting?

Hi guys, just wondering if the K-01 is a good candidate for macro shooting? We have a Sigma 105 macro and a macro ring flash. Is the auto focus speedy on this setup? Any issues with manual focusing a macro lens on the K-01?

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You got focus peaking helping you there a bit, so it might be easier then on your K7 (manual focusimg).
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I have a K-01 and K-7, together with a couple of macro lenses. While I did not try the K-01 specifically with macro (I use the K-7), I found that manual focusing is much easier with the K-01, thanks to focus peaking. On the other hand, the handling of the K-01 is affected by the weight of heavy lenses. I would say stick to a relatively light lens.

Based upon my experience, I would say, yes, the K-01 is a good candidate for macro shooting.

Hope that the comment may help.
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Thanks Anvh and Hcc.

I am looking to upgrade my wife's K-x to either a K-01 or a K-30....she mainly uses her sigma 17-70 and sigma 105 macro/ring flash.....The K-01 and K-30 share the same sensor but the K-01 is about half the price of the K-30.....she does not need the burst rate/weatherproofing/speed from the K-30...but her requirement is the ease to do macro shooting. On our K-x, she uses manual focus when the AF on the Sigma 105 is too slow.

Any one can show any photos taken using the K-01 and a macro lens (say a 100mm'ish macro lens)?

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As for macro... I've tried literally every lens variation on every lens that claims that they are macro. All work quite well.

Still awaiting the newly released Sigma 180mm macro.
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Thanks Medium Format. Good feedback.
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For macro shotting I tend to use mostly MF, and on that the K-01 with Focus Peaking really shines. You can focus fast and in a precise manner with it. I've used my DFA 100mm with great results.
For macro I think it better to use MF than AF, regardless of camera.
As for the K-01, I also suggest getting a 21mm when possible. K-01 + 21mm limited it's a small package that makes a great walkaround combo. Keeps it light and avoids those "wish I had a camera" moments.
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Hi,
i answered you in PM but i wanted to add more thing here.
I used the K-01 a lot for ground photography of frogs and it performed very well. The shutter is very quiet also which can be a bonus in some situations.

My DA35 Macro Ltd is always mounted on my K-01 and i have taken some good handheld shots with that combo.

The focus peaking is very accurate, better than my NEX-3.
I would like Pentax to come up with a firmware to add color choices for focus peaking.

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Thanks Leopold again for your PM.

We also have the DA14 and are very interested to use the K-01 with this lens. I have seen your DA14 shots and are very impressed.

I am looking to decide whether to get either a K-01 or a K-30 to replace my wife's K-x. A K-30 will be the ultimate I guess. My wife has expressed concerns whether she can comfortably hold the K-01 with her favourite Sigma 17-70 lens so I am also wondering if we should just keep the K-x (so she could use this with the 17-70) and get a K-01 for her macro shooting.....

Tough decisions......
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K-01 is fine for macro

I shoot a lot of MF in challenging situations, so have a pretty strong bias that way. Pretty much all serious macro shooters will do so mostly in MF to get a particular point they want in exact focus, and it is cumbersome to get an AF point positioned precisely. Of course, AF is really a problem for any creature that will react to even slight focus motor noise. As for the K-01, you have quiet shutter, excellent live view, good focus peaking and screen magnification settings for focus precision. Only down side is the stationary screen. The 3x foldable viewfinders are helpful for macro in all light conditions. Monopod is pretty essential for macro shooting, and I don't find lens weight or size when properly held an issue with the K-01.
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I've rated the PK (claims of) macro lens' in order of optical performance,

1. Sigma 180mm f2.8 (not officially available yet). But I somehow predict this will become the new top of the line macro for PK; if one can deal with the size and weight of the lens.
2. Pentax FA100mm f2.8 WR. A very close second to the 180mm; and if it were possible to have both at the same focal length; the Pentax would win on three counts - build quality, optics, and especially the WR.
3. Pentax FA 50mm f2.8. Sure it's technically a larger Pentax lens for the focal length. This lens by far gets the most use in my gadget bag. I really think that this Pentax lens should be relabeled as an FA limited lens.
4. Sigma 150mm f2.8
5. Pentax 35mm f2.8
6. Sigma 70mm f2.8
7. Sigma 50mm F2.8 It's amazing at the differences between the Pentax and the Sigma; both same focal length and aperature. Still perhaps the average person on the street could get away with stil using the Sigma under ideal conditions.
8. Tamron 90mm f2.8 (and it's at a far distance from 7th to 8th place).
N/R (macro claim) lens' in my book.

1. Sigma 18-250mm f3.5-6.3. Because the aperature range is very useful unless one almost uses studio lighting. Especially NOT of much use on a K-01 regarding almost all lighting conditions. I've found the viewfinder only effective down to the f4.5-5.0 range depending on a few variables.
2. Tamron 70-300mm f4.0-5.6. Same reasons as noted directly above, but... At that price one almost cannot lose.

As one can see Pentax has no shortage of the available and existing marketed macro (claim) lens up for sale right now. I just sincerely wish for two items though - that someone (anyone) would come out with a set/series of extension tubes or perhaps even a bellows. Then again one could also technically use filters for macro; at it will always look like it was taken even worse optically with the Tamron 70-300; maybe even the new LensBaby macro
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Hi Medium format Pro,
you forget the Pentax A*200mm/4 Macro and FA*200mm/4 Macro in your listing... 2 of the best ever made 200mm Macro lens!

If you can afford them
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I wasn't able to find any of the Pentax 200's listed as new
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Ha!
now i understand!
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Any reason why sigma 105 is not part of that list? Is it a bad performer?
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