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Old Mar 24, 2008, 5:08 AM   #1
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i have heard that Kiron lenses can be quite good
and i have seen a Kiron 30-80 macro lens for sale for $15au
i havent tested it yet
but does any one know if they are any good??
this web sites pdf thinks they are very good
http://www.jcolwell.ca/photography/x...2004-09-31.pdf
page 22
ps there are a lot of other Pentax and Pentax compatable lenses on there
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Old Mar 24, 2008, 6:11 AM   #2
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http://www.nikon-foto.de/templates/m...rty/KIRON.html

It's listed as "very good" but no detailed description. Since you won't use it wide open too often when doing macros anyway I'd say you can't really go wrong, but I have no first hand experience with the lense.
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Old Mar 25, 2008, 11:16 AM   #3
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Never heard of a really bad Kiron lens...Some mediocre ones to excellent ones but never heard of a BAD one!

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Old Mar 25, 2008, 1:15 PM   #4
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Never heard of a really bad Kiron lens...Some mediocre ones to excellent ones but never heard of a BAD one!

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The website I linked above says that the f/2 wide lenses are very soft until f=5.6 or so... that kept me from bidding on one.

My Kiron 80-200/4 is an ok/good lense, especially for the price I payed!
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Never heard of a really bad Kiron lens...Some mediocre ones to excellent ones but never heard of a BAD one!

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The website I linked above says that the f/2 wide lenses are very soft until f=5.6 or so... that kept me from bidding on one.

My Kiron 80-200/4 is an ok/good lense, especially for the price I payed!
Yep mediocre not BAD!
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 11:19 PM   #6
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thanks again guys

i will take a look at it again tonight and take my camera
take a few test shots and see how they turn out

then try to get it cheaper


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Old Mar 27, 2008, 4:26 PM   #7
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Good luck!

I am still looking for a macro cheap lense - leaning towards a shorter one, maybe around 50mm... or a zoom that gives something like 1:2 or so... my Tamron 70-300 1:2 macro lense needs a lot of lightfor a decent DOF...
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When I got my first Pentax and I was not sure if I wanted to try macro photography I picked up a Sigma 28-80mm that had 1:2 macro at the long end. The lens did a decent (not awe inspiring) job as a walk around zoom but the macro function was really pretty good. It did get replaced by the dedicated 105mm macro lens and I sold it off.

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When I got my first Pentax and I was not sure if I wanted to try macro photography I picked up a Sigma 28-80mm that had 1:2 macro at the long end. The lens did a decent (not awe inspiring) job as a walk around zoom but the macro function was really pretty good. It did get replaced by the dedicated 105mm macro lens and I sold it off.

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I had a Takumar K-mount 28-80 lens that gave a decent 1:2 macro...I gave it away after getting my Viv 105 macro....The viv is just so much better!

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thkn777 wrote:
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Good luck!

I am still looking for a macro cheap lense - leaning towards a shorter one, maybe around 50mm... or a zoom that gives something like 1:2 or so... my Tamron 70-300 1:2 macro lense needs a lot of lightÂ*for a decent DOF...
Hi,
Try the Cosina 100mm 1:3.5 Macro, rather a cheap build, but optically very good. You wont be disappointed. Basically it gives 1:2 macros, but comes with a supplementary lens that gives 1:1, it is available under other names too, which escape me at the moment. There's information here ...
http://www.dyxum.com/columns/article...cro_review.asp
Take a look. the lens can usually be found reasonably cheap on Ebay. ... Jack

Edit ... I'm not absolutely sure of this, perhaps others can comment, but I think there are 2 models one is AF and the second is manual focus, the latter is the best buy. ( see comments on AF in link above) MF is preferred for macro shots anyway. ... J
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