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09-26-2008, 10:50 AM   #31
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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.

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The 180 is quite a heavy lens. I always use it on a monopod which is a good idea anyway with macro.
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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

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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).

Cheers,

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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.
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