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07-17-2019, 10:00 AM   #1
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advice on macro lens for a K1000

Hello! I don't know why it's taken me so long to find this forum - I've been shooting with various K1000s as my main camera since 1995. I've never bought any additional lenses for them though - people used to just give them away with lenses for free or close to it! Now I want to explore some macro photography, and using the resources on this site I'm 99% sure this lens will work with my K1000 but I just wanted to check with the experts before pulling the trigger on the purchase. Any advice is welcomed! Thanks!

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Yes, the lens will most certainly work. Just bear in mind that this is only a 1:2 macro, so you might also want to get some extension tubes if you want more magnification.

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While the 50/4 would probably be my 1st choice...depending on the magnification you want, you could get a K mount bellows for a similar price.

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That is a fine lens at a very good price. I wouldn't be too concerned that it is 'only' 1:2 max magnification. It will allow you to get much closer than your
non-macro lenses and the results will help inform how you may wish to push forward in the future. That said, if you have a specific goal in mind then a
more specific solution might be recommended.

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Thanks, all! My eventual goal is to stage and shoot miniature sets/dollhouses, but for right now I'm just thinking about trying something new. (Most of what I shoot now is architectural/urban ruins/cemeteries, usually with a zoom lens.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by JoanArkham Quote
Thanks, all! My eventual goal is to stage and shoot miniature sets/dollhouses,

For that scale the 50/4 should perform nicely. Good luck and have fun.
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The 50mm will work fine,
A longer lens, 100mm f/4 or f/2.8 macro, will get you the same magnification, with greater working distance, important for getting light on your subject.
The 100mm f/4 M macro is a great lens, and can be found reasonably priced.
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Another vote for the 100mm macro. It keeps you from casting your shadow onto the subject. Also good for portraits.

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There are so many great macro's on the used market for k-mount cameras like the K1000. Two that I own and like are the Tamron Adaptall 90mm f2.5 and the Kino Precision (sold under a number of brands, mine is Ricoh) 105mm f2.8. The Tamron is pretty small and great to carry, the Kino is much larger physically but goes to 1:1 magnification without additional hardware and is a very fine performer optically. Both are around $125 or so in good condition on the used market.

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