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12-13-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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Hello All,Just purchased my first dslr(k-7) ! And now I need a lens or two or three... The reason I made the jump to dslr was for macro and hdr mainly.Would love to hear from anyone doing this .

12-13-2011, 07:14 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard! I have been doing Macro for a while with my Pentax cameras and just upgraded to the K5 myself. I found a wonderful oddball 28-90 Sigma Macro AF lens early in my Pentax experience that was $35. Its been a nice tool for many Macro excursions that do not require 1:1. I also found a set of Pentax M macro lenses at auction that were in great shape except for some dust and even after cleaning they were relatively inexpensive. The M50 and M100 are absolute joins to use IMHO, but the nicest part of using the Pentax for Macro for me is the access to all the legacy glass out there.
12-14-2011, 06:59 AM   #3
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Lots of members here shooting macro, with any and all kinds of setups. If you have the budget there are many excellent dedicated macro lenses to choose from, all the way up to the amazing A* 200 f/4. But the possibilities for cheap macro are extensive.

I've used the Sigma 70 f/2.8 macro for years and love it, but recently got a Vivitar 90 f/2.5 and am trying it out. As Robert (Docrwm) points out, the old M-series macros are a great choice also if you don't need 1:1 macro, and easily available at reasonable prices.

Plenty of folks here doing HDR/tonemapping also. Welcome, and enjoy!
12-14-2011, 07:15 AM   #4
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can't help with the macro specifically but I have shot some HDR. Generally not a big fan of the over tone mapped HDR but if you keep it under control it's a great technique

From my K7 with a Super Tak 50 1.4
5 shot HDR

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Welcome to the forums, the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 is basically my main macro lens and the Pentax-A 50 f1.4!

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