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04-04-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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New K-50, new to Pentax

I'm new to Pentax DSLRs, with lots of experience with Canon & Nikon DSLRs as well as M43 cameras. I just received my K-50 two lens kit from B&H today (with a 50 1.8 on the way) and spent about a half hour shooting at dusk with the 18-55. Simple stuff, just getting used to the layout and controls. It has a very nice feel in the hands, and my middle-age eyes love the viewfinder and layout.

One of the draws was using older Pentax lenses with the camera's IBIS (along with weather sealing). I'm looking for a good inexpensive macro lens (yep, spring is bursting out in the southern Appalachians I call home, and the wildflowers are just starting to bud). Manual focus older lenses are more than welcome -- that's part of the attraction to me. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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Hello MountainMutt, welcome to the Forum!
Adam's given you a fine choice, there aren't too many good true macros for under $200 used. And new? $500 and up. Way up.
As you probably know, most macro lenses are either 1:1 or 1:2 mag ratio. Generally, the under $200's are 1:2, half life-sized.
For now, I'm overlooking extension tubes and mag diopters, just native lenses.
Looking at A/F 1:1's, the Sigma 70mm (new or used), Tamron 90mm, older Tokina 90-100mm's (Tokina no longer makes lenses in K-mount, but they did in the past) and a few others would be worth looking at. I've seen most of these (used) for around $300-$350.
In M/F, the Pentax M (manual aperture, manual focus, learn the green button!) 100mm f/4.0 is 1:2, sharp, heavy and easily available.
The Pentax A series added auto aperture (very handy!) but are still cheaper than the A/F versions.
Many older Vivitar Series 1, Tamron, Sigma, Tokina macros are 1:1, manual focus, auto-aperture depends on age. Nearly all are available in K-mount.
Personally, I like the 90-100mm range better than the fifties, keeps more distance between you and skittish critters like butterflies, bees, etc.
The lens review section is a great help here, once you get a recommendation that appeals to you, read up on it. User reviews and sample photos are the best!
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Thanks for your replies. I have lots of experience with Canon and Nikon (and Sigma and Tokina for N mount) macro lenses, both 1:1 and 1:2ish varieties. It's great to see such depth in the Pentax/3rd party macro lineup, as well as the useful reviews in this forum. Now I have a good idea of what to look for on the used market.

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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF, MountainMutt ... hope to see some K-50 and macro images soon ... Salut, J
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QuoteOriginally posted by MountainMutt Quote
I'm new to Pentax DSLRs, with lots of experience with Canon & Nikon DSLRs as well as M43 cameras. I just received my K-50 two lens kit from B&H today (with a 50 1.8 on the way) and spent about a half hour shooting at dusk with the 18-55. Simple stuff, just getting used to the layout and controls. It has a very nice feel in the hands, and my middle-age eyes love the viewfinder and layout.

One of the draws was using older Pentax lenses with the camera's IBIS (along with weather sealing). I'm looking for a good inexpensive macro lens (yep, spring is bursting out in the southern Appalachians I call home, and the wildflowers are just starting to bud). Manual focus older lenses are more than welcome -- that's part of the attraction to me. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
I just bought the same kit a few months ago and so far so good. However, I don't have your experience so I'm sure you'll get a lot more of it than I will.
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