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11-03-2011, 10:53 PM   #1
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Greetings to all

I've been following this website for sometime but as a yet, have not introduced myself. Well, I'm a novice photographer with a Pentax K10D that I'm pretty happy with. Still have some learning to do but have gotten by so far very well. My lens is the Pentax 18-55 and would love to have a macro lens sometime in the future. I grow miniature african plants that would show better with a different lens, but as yet have not bought one. If anyone has any suggestion I would be open to here from you. Wish I could find a mentor in my area that could help me with learning more about the camera and all it's functions. I use a Targus 52mm C-PL filter mostly to protect the lens even though I have a lens cap on it too. Glad to meet everyone here. It's an awesome site.


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11-04-2011, 02:18 AM   #2
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Welcome aboard! You'll find many macro-heads here. You'll see many suggestions for various macro lenses. I'm a cheap bastard, so I wrote this: which may give you some ideas. Here's maybe the simplest idea:

Buy an old A-type 2x teleconverter (TC) on eBay; it'll probably be around US$25, maybe less. A-type means it has contacts for aperture automation, but not the autofocus drive which won't help with macro work anyway. Remove the glass from the TC. Now you have a cheap automatic macro-extension tube for your DA18-55! And it supports flash, which is important. A 2X TC is usually around 25mm thick, so with your kit.lens at 25mm you'll have 1:1 magnification; at 50mm it will be 1:2. For more magnification, buy another TC.

We look forward to seeing more of your pictures. Have fun!

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