Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
06-02-2010, 05:54 PM   #16
Senior Member
stover98074's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Seattle
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 153
Manual Focus Alternative

Macro lenses work very well in manual focus mode. You can purchase used and learn a lot about exposure as well as macro in manual mode.

Same can apply for manual flashes.

If you are interested, this article will get you started.

Low Cost Manual Macro

This is an example of what can be produced from a back yard chair on a rainy day with manual lenses and a DSLR.

06-02-2010, 06:12 PM   #17
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Lowell Goudge's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Toronto
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 16,962
there are many ways to get into macro.

Aside from the raynox, you can get a set of extension tubes and a manual focus 50mm, or shop around for an smc takumar 50mm macro or 100mm macro, or if you are handy and scrounge a little, get a bellows, and a 50mm normal lens.

Any of these solutions should have you at between 100 and 150 for a respectable macro kit.

I have 3 macro set-ups

I bought used a very long time ago an SMC-M 100mm F4 macro lens for about $150 and a set of extension tubes for $70 (tubes were new). This is my K mount setup.

I also have an SMC Takumar 50mm F4 macro ($90) a set of M42 extension tubes ($6) and an M42 focusing helix ($10)

my last set is a Miranda bellows that I got for $25, modified to take an M42 - K mount flanged adaptor to mount the camera ($6) and I mounted a 135mm F2.8 enlarging lens ($100) for the objective. This set uses a T mount at the front end, and I have an M42 to T mount adaptor (free) that I can use to mount any of my M42 lenses including the 50mm macro, and get about 4-5x lifesize on the sensor.

so as you can see, there are lots of inexpensive options for macro.
06-03-2010, 01:05 PM   #18
Veteran Member
RioRico's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Limbo, California
Posts: 11,264
QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I also have an SMC Takumar 50mm F4 macro ($90) a set of M42 extension tubes ($6) and an M42 focusing helix ($10)
Lowell, where did you find a focusing helix for US$10? All I see on the bay are badly upwards of US$100. There seem to be two varieties, one around 17-32mm, the other around 35-90mm. I can unfortunately feel a desire for both. Budget? What budget?

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, k-x, lens, macro, macro lens, pentax help, photography
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which Lens and Shooting Space is Required for a Fashion & Beauty Shoot? Part 2 benjikan Photographic Technique 1 08-29-2009 08:49 AM
Which Lens and Shooting Space is Required for a Fashion & Beauty Shoot? benjikan Photographic Technique 2 08-20-2009 10:12 PM
K7 and AF540 flash deal at walmart...and is K7 purchase required for lens rebates? pxpaulx Pentax News and Rumors 9 08-09-2009 10:25 AM
External flash test required for Pentax K10D jarnos Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 24 01-22-2008 08:34 PM
What closeup lens required to make the Tamron 28-75/f2.8 do macro at 1:1? raider Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 08-29-2007 11:18 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:43 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]