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Old Sep 22, 2011, 2:02 AM   #11
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Very sorry about the demise of your beloved Kiron, but the photos you've shown that were taken with the Sigma are excellent.
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Old Sep 22, 2011, 2:25 AM   #12
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I agree with mtnman, sorry and have fun with the new toy, must be nice to be able to walk or even drive to a store that handles Pentax, I haven't found one within 400 miles of South East Michigan, for me it's online or nothing.
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It is an internet store but they've got 3 small shops (they look more like storehouses). So it took me till I bought something over the internet from them before I found them. I had passed them for the last 25years and didn't know, or even wanted to go there.
It was ever stranger walking in a store with a wall of pentax stuff behind the counter.
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Old Sep 22, 2011, 2:26 AM   #13
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Ronnie, So sorry to hear of your lenses demise. Ouch! But, glad you are back in business. And, so quickly. I'm like the others. It's online or nothing for me.

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Thanks Patty, I'm lucky, although the rest of the family may disagree.
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Old Sep 22, 2011, 7:25 AM   #14
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Ronny - I had a very similar lens damage experience a while back - out taking photos on a very cold day, dropped my 16-45. Was able to get it back on the camera, but noticed that the aperture lever was bent, and lens could not stop down. Sent it off to Eric, and it now works like new. Repair was rather inexpensive too! Not sure if you want to try to repair your former macro, but here is his website:

http://pentaxs.com/index.html

PS - Sigma 105 has worked great for me, and looks like its working great for you too!
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Old Sep 22, 2011, 7:29 AM   #15
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Sorry to hear that Ron. Reminds me of the time my dad dropped his beloved Exacta. Thing is it still worked. Practically gave him a heart attack though.
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Ronny - I had a very similar lens damage experience a while back - out taking photos on a very cold day, dropped my 16-45. Was able to get it back on the camera, but noticed that the aperture lever was bent, and lens could not stop down. Sent it off to Eric, and it now works like new. Repair was rather inexpensive too! Not sure if you want to try to repair your former macro, but here is his website:

http://pentaxs.com/index.html

PS - Sigma 105 has worked great for me, and looks like its working great for you too!
First I'm gonna try myself (this weekend), I've got another kiron (20-70) lens that has for as far as I can see the same backside. So I hope I can transplant the broken part.

I didn't knew the sigma 105mm was so good. Most of the time I see people bragging about the tamron 90mm macro, and how good it is, I'm glad I went for the Sigma.

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Old Sep 22, 2011, 8:58 AM   #17
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Sorry to hear that Ron. Reminds me of the time my dad dropped his beloved Exacta. Thing is it still worked. Practically gave him a heart attack though.
The heart attack (almost) was with me when it was stuck on the camera.
That kiron is really build like a tank, and I woudn't have the faintest idea on how to remove it.

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Old Sep 22, 2011, 9:11 AM   #18
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Yesterday midday .... after lugging my kiron 105mm around for 6 years I dropped it
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So, back at work I checked the internet for what would be a good macro lens (range 100mm), decided on getting the sigma 105mm.
That was a good choice. The Sigma 105mm is a very sharp lens.

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Here is my first 1:1 shot of a small bug that is on the ceiling in the hall.
SIGMA 105mm macro lens
I like it. The exposure is a little bright on my uncalibrated monitor.

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and this is the same bug a few days ago with the KIRON 105mm
What a cooperative insect

Good Luck with the new lens. Don't drop it too often.
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Great shots from the Sigma Ronny, really a lovely shot of the dragon, but then all of those lenses (Tamron, Sigma, Pentax) produce fantastic macro.

However I have never inspected the Pentax 100 Macro WR ... and that lack of an aperture ring is unbelievable ! What on earth were they thinking !! It's a macro lens for goodness sake ... of course macro shooters are going to put all sorts of tubes, bellows and extensions on it !!! Amazingly basic error.
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Great shots from the Sigma Ronny, really a lovely shot of the dragon, but then all of those lenses (Tamron, Sigma, Pentax) produce fantastic macro.

However I have never inspected the Pentax 100 Macro WR ... and that lack of an aperture ring is unbelievable ! What on earth were they thinking !! It's a macro lens for goodness sake ... of course macro shooters are going to put all sorts of tubes, bellows and extensions on it !!! Amazingly basic error.
Yep, completely my idea to, and I hadn't even to notice it.

When the guy behind the counter unpacked it, he started searching for it, and then asked if something had changed because he couldn't find it.
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