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Old Dec 13, 2006, 6:09 AM   #1
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I take back what I said about paying too much for this lens. it's mint condition, even the hard case smells brand new, build quality is amazing, very smooth focus ring which doesn't move too easily, simply joy to use. I don't regret buying it.

my friend playing Pro Evolution Soccer 6. handheld with build in flash. I could use smaller perture to get better DOF but aht is in focus is very sharp. a bit long for portrait lens

tripod and selftimer in lightbox. notice all details on the surface. it was almost 1:1, at f16 DOF isn't very deep at this magnification. shoot in RAW, prcessed with RawShooter

setup same as above, again very sharp where I focused, (nose and edges of the coin)

focused on burnig wick

overall I'm very happy. I tried to shoot portrait wide open just to check how much DOF there is, and with this focal lenght at 2.5 DOF is paper thin even on distant subject.

any comments welcomed.

and I didn't try bugs or flowers because at this time of the year there are none in here.


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Old Dec 13, 2006, 7:18 AM   #2
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nice captures, is this the Vivitar series 1 105mm Macro, you mentioned earlier.
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Old Dec 13, 2006, 7:49 AM   #3
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the more you use this , the more you will love it. you'll find it it gives results you can cut your finger on.

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Old Dec 13, 2006, 8:10 AM   #4
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I'm getting lens envy again - these are much better than anything I can get with the Phoenix (not surprising since the Phoenix is a budget macro lens while you have a top quality one). Sigh! Be happy you did pay that much - top quality lenses are always worth the cost.
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Old Dec 13, 2006, 5:00 PM   #5
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considering that new Sigma 105mm EX macro cost twice as much I have to be happy. top quality glass with the same or better picture quality for half the price. and you don't need AF with macro anyway.

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Old Dec 14, 2006, 7:26 PM   #6
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You will love this lens Greg. The only problem I have found is getting my own skills up to the quality of the lens.

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