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09-30-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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macro for k-01

what are some recommended AF and non-AF macro lenses for the k-01 in you experience?

my macro use is mainly natural subjects such as insects, flowers, and textures (gravel, sand, etc.).

if you could recommend both high priced and low priced lenses that would be great. i know that its not always the highest-priced lenses that get the best images.

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09-30-2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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I'm not sure there is a huge difference between any of the Pentax 100mm macros in pure image quality, they are all good. So high price = DFA 100mm f/2.8 WR and low price = Pentax M 100mm or maybe one of the Takumar 100mm macros, but you will need an adapter for those. Obviously each model has different features such as WR and AF. I have the DFA 100mm f/2.8 WR and it is a real joy to work with. My wife and I fight over who gets to use it

There are also several third party macros that get good comments but I have no experience with them.
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1) DFA 100mm f/2.8 WR
http://static.dcfever.com/media/sharing/13/06/17/2840031371484
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2) A50 F1.4 plus macro tube
http://static.dcfever.com/media/sharing/13/07/11/2840031373539779_l.jpg

For most situations, DFA100 is suggested. When low light or magnification>0.6, the 2nd is preferred.
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Best value is surely Tamron SP Di 90mm F/2.8 Macro. A great lens, tack sharp, auto-focus with focus limiter for when you're not shooting macro. 100% recommended. Can be found brand new for quite a bit under $400 if you look a little (e.g. Prodigital2000 on Ebay).

For less money, I'd recommend Pentax-M 50mm F/4 plus extension tubes. Manual focus and you'll need to meter with the green button, but as long as you get tubes with a aperture lever, at least you can focus wide-open. Around $100 for the lens, maybe $50 for tubes with an aperture lever. With this combo you'll be able to exceed 1:1 macro too, but you'll lose infinity focus...

[EDIT:] See some of my macro shots here (best ones near the end)...


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I can only recommend on the low price side - Sigma 50mm f/2.8 1:1 macro manual focus. Small and quite light, crazy sharp, great color saturation to boot. Got mine for under $100 on Ebay.
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QuoteOriginally posted by prime.partisan Quote
I can only recommend on the low price side - Sigma 50mm f/2.8 1:1 macro manual focus. Small and quite light, crazy sharp, great color saturation to boot. Got mine for under $100 on Ebay.
Lucky! Been hunting for a MF, 1:1, 50 or 55mm on Ebay and I always get sniped in the last 10 seconds it seems...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba Quote
Best value is surely Tamron SP Di 90mm F/2.8 Macro. A great lens, tack sharp, auto-focus with focus limiter for when you're not shooting macro. 100% recommended. Can be found brand new for quite a bit under $400 if you look a little (e.g. Prodigital2000 on Ebay).

[EDIT:] See some of my macro shots here (best ones near the end)...
I agree with you, the Tamron is a great value at this price.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba Quote
Lucky! Been hunting for a MF, 1:1, 50 or 55mm on Ebay and I always get sniped in the last 10 seconds it seems...
When I bought mine the seller had 2 copies for sale, and the other one stayed up there for weeks and eventually sold for $80 or so.

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I disagree. The best value is the Promaster/Pentax AF 100mm f3.5 macro, especially if you can snag a copy with the matched close-up adapter. VERY sharp lens, both for macro AND for street shooting. It's one of my absolute favorite lenses, hands down. Under $200 (I paid $150) for autofocus... damn good deal if you ask me.

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I just picked up the Vivitar version of the 100mm f/3.5 for $120 and my preliminary impression is good. AF is slow in lower light, but price/performance wise it is going to be hard to beat, especially if you want autofocus.

I have also used the A 50mm f/2.8 and the D-FA 50mm f/2.8 quite happily, with used prices in the $150 and $300 ranges respectively.
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thanks everyone for all of the practical information posted.

after briefly reading about the tamron 90mm and the absence of any negative reviews i'm leaning towards that lens despite the price.

about its price, amazon has it for $499, so apparently its a lens in demand. is this an ultrasonic motor lens as opposed to a screw driven lens? will this lens mount on old K-mount cameras? i started with all-manual film slr-s, all pentax, so using this lens on other camera bodies would be a plus.

i haven't had much time to investigate the others suggested and will as soon as i can.

thanks again
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I've not bought from them, but Prodigital2000 is an Ebay seller based in Canada with a pretty impeccable reputation, and has the best price that I could find on the Tamron (new), with 1-day auctions starting at $US340 usually running most days (currently active auction link) with free shipping to Canada and *possibly* also to the US. If there's already a bid, it's up to you to decide if you want to bid up, but I've often seen them go with a single bid for $340. (I was about to purchase from them when I spotted a used version from Adorama for an irresistible price.) FWIW, I don't think you should pay $500 for this lens, as it is readily available for much less - even Amazon Canada currently has it listed for about $CDN400.

[EDIT:] Oh, and it's screw drive. Tamron has a new version out (model F004) but it's not available in Pentax mount. The Pentax lens is model 272E.

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Great information

Thanks to everyone who replied to this thread. I appreciate your helpful input.

After agonizing and self-torturing for several weeks (after re-reading these old threads I posted) I decided that I'll go for the Sigma 70mm 2.8.

Of all the lenses mentioned in this thread (and others that weren't) I found I liked its output most. For practical reasons, I think a bit under 100mm is better for my usage. I would like to have a full range of macro primes but its not financially possible, To compensate for that I'm going to use other cameras as "teleconverters." I have a cheap NEX, a cheap M43 and the mighty Q and will use adapters to get the longer focal lengths.

With the NEX I would like to buy a "speed booster" adapter which fortunately has an aperture ring. Here it is:

New Focal Reducer Speed Booster Adapter Pentax K PK Mount Lens to Sony E NEX 6 7 | eBay

Can anyone comment on the quality of this adapter?

Would it make the 70mm a 70mm on the NEX?

If so that would mean I could use the Sigma as a 70, 105, 140 and 385. I would like to use it on my old manual Pentax SLR but it would have to be fully open with no aperture ring to adjust it.

Thanks again!
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QuoteOriginally posted by krema Quote

With the NEX I would like to buy a "speed booster" adapter which fortunately has an aperture ring. Here it is:

New Focal Reducer Speed Booster Adapter Pentax K PK Mount Lens to Sony E NEX 6 7 | eBay

Can anyone comment on the quality of this adapter?

I think many would say avoid putting glass adapters (like teleconverters) on bodies if possible, K.


Particularly low end ones like this.

QuoteOriginally posted by krema Quote

If so that would mean I could use the Sigma as a 70, 105, 140 and 385.

Not sure I follow, Krema.


The 70 would act as a 45mm or so FoV lens, and be a stop wider, effectively.


Where do the 105, 140 and 385 come into it?
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Well, I've got "good enough" results with a Kenko 2X APK Macro TELEPLUS MC7, but camera has always been a "lowly" K100DS, and I still have to try it on "the brick"... I fear I'll see every possible defect then, which has been so far masked (and not always with success) by the 6MP sensor...
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