Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
09-26-2008, 10:50 AM   #31
Senior Member
Serpiente's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 154
QuoteOriginally posted by chirpy Quote
I'll second that. I have the Sigma 180mm Macro and the DFA-100 Pentax and almost always use the Sigma for instect macro work. It's a stunning lens.
Is it a good one to shoot out of the hand? so.. without tripod. I dont know if I should buy the Sigma 105mm f2.8 or if I should save more money for the 180 f3.5.. Its a pity the 150mm macro isnt there for Pentax.

09-26-2008, 01:12 PM   #32
Senior Member
chirpy's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: UK, Berkshire
Posts: 143
The 180 is quite a heavy lens. I always use it on a monopod which is a good idea anyway with macro.
09-27-2008, 03:18 PM   #33
Veteran Member

Join Date: May 2007
Location: York Region Canada
Posts: 642
I picked up the DA F 50 macro this past February.

After a trip to Pentax Canada to match up the lens with the K10D for focus, works very well.

My flower shots are tack sharp now.

I also have the FA 100 macro and Tamron 90 in Nikon mount, both very nice and sharp

09-29-2008, 06:02 AM   #34
Inactive Account

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 65
QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
The 100mm is also a good portrait length when you have room to use it.
I second this comment. The portrait utility of this lens is a feature which I've come to appreciate nearly as much as the macro capabilities. Not only does it take nice portraits, but the 100mm distance really helps you capture candid shots from a distance.

If you're interested, you can see some of my recent 100mm portrait examples here and some from earlier this year here.

If you're interested in some macro shots from the 100mm, I'm pretty pleased with the ones here (and on the following page).



09-29-2008, 11:38 AM   #35
Site Supporter
Blue's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Florida Hill Country
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 17,212
Having used various macro lenses, and were starting from scratch, my first macro would be somewhere in the 90-105mm range (125 if I could get a Voightlander). Then I'd go 50mm/35mm and then a big gun like the 180mm.

I currently own a Nikkor 105mm and latest Sigma 105mm for Pentax and the Sigma is there with it. Granted I shoot the Nikkor on a D70s and the Sigma on a k200d which is a 6.1 vs 10.2 mp and that's not a fair comparison.

Therefore, if you go Pentax, go with the 100mm f2.8 regardless if its a F, FA or D FA.

  • 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, dslr, length, pentax, pentax focal length, photography
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pentax F-1.7X AF adapter: input focal length or not? jpzk Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 43 03-17-2010 07:55 AM
Pentax 18-250mm Vs. Tamron 70-300mm, focal length markings are not the same aweir Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 04-04-2009 09:19 PM
macro shooting with small focal length lenses pete_pf Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 16 11-04-2008 04:35 AM
Prime Macro Options and Opinions in the 70-105mm focal length range getmoresoon Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 17 03-07-2007 07:36 AM
All pentax longer focal length primes sold out! roentarre General Talk 10 11-23-2006 04:13 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:29 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]