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Old Jul 13, 2006, 1:10 PM   #1
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I like to take macro photos of insects, flowers, plants, etc. (not portraits so much), and need a good, but not super expensive macro lens to go with my new *ist DL. I am new to the world of SLR photography, so I have no idea what to get. Everything I have viewed so far is expensive: Tamron 90mm F2.8 1:1 DI; Ditto for the Pentax D FA 100mm F2.8 macro, etc. Does it matter much if I used an older and less expensive version of these lenses: e.g., Tamron (not the DI) or Pentax FA? Are they much heavier? I prefer to keep it light weight, if possible and since insects don't like it when a human gets too close, I am leaning toward a focal range of 90mm or greater, rather than 50-60mm. I am not really in a hurry, but I would appreciate whatever advice anyone with experience can offer. And I am not wedded to the idea of Tamron, Pentax or Sigma, so we can think outside the box too. Thanks!
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 1:29 PM   #2
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i didn't have all the criteria you have justin.. my main requirement was quality of the image, and 1:1 magnification. i picked up a vivitar series1105mm f2.5. it's almost a legend. it's heavy and it's rather long. it will also compete with any newer model. i got it for 140usd delivered. if you want inexpensive then go with the phoenix/cosina/kiron as harriet (mtgal) did. the lens is built cheaply but is known for it's excellent image quality..
a great inexpensive way to go macro is to use extension tubes and a regular 50mm lens. i just picked up a set of aperture coupled tubes for 15usd delivered. let me cruise ebay for you and i'll list some promiseing auctions. what's your price range??

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Old Jul 13, 2006, 1:32 PM   #3
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A lot will depend upon how close you really want to get.

Robar can shoot close enough to fill the frame with the eyes of a fly; I'll let him explain how he does it but I bet he uses a lens reversing ring.

Macro lens in themselves don't necessarily get in that close but are designed to be at their best for close focus work.

The Pentax 18-55mm DA lens is pretty good at close focus for flowers even butterflies.

I have a Pentax M 100mm f4 macro lens which I rarely use preferring to stick with kit lens.
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 1:35 PM   #4
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This was shot using the Pentax 50-200mm DA which allows you to get much further back.
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 1:49 PM   #5
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all of these would be a good pick. i didn't see the cosina/phoenix/panagor. you do not need AF doing macros.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Pentax-SMC-Takum...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/TAMRON-SP-90MM-F...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/PENTAX-M-SMC-100...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/VIVITAR-90mm-f2-...QQcmdZViewItem

this one will break the bank. it's really expensive but not worth what's asked
http://cgi.ebay.com/Rare-Pentax-A-20...QQcmdZViewItem


very good lens this one.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Pentax-105mm-Mac...QQcmdZViewItem


just sold one of these.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Pentax-SMC-M-Mac...QQcmdZViewItem


another
http://cgi.ebay.com/SMC-PENTAX-M-100...QQcmdZViewItem



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Old Jul 13, 2006, 1:50 PM   #6
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I also have a Pentax SMC-M 100 mm f4 (production ceased in 1984), which I always use when I do pre-planned close focus. I'm very satisfied with the results.

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Old Jul 13, 2006, 1:53 PM   #7
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105mm f2.5 @1:1.
i like close!!!







something else needed is a good auto flash at least to me.

roy

edit: forgot to say these are full frame resizes. no cropping was done.

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Same lens (100 mm f4) with extension tubes. I actually didn't pay for this lens, I bought a camera body from someone who shifted systems. When I opened the parcel there was some "extra goodies" like this lens and the extension tubes.
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I can definitely second Roy's recommendation of the vivitar 105mm having recently got one myself. It takes absolutely stunning photographs once you get used to its weight and they do seem to appear reasonably frequently on the likes of e bay. It also just happens to take stunning potraits as well.

Whatever you do finally settle on though you'll find your eyes opened up to a whole new world of little things. My dogs clearly think I've lost my mind crawling arround on all fours looking for things to take.

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Old Jul 13, 2006, 1:59 PM   #10
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kjell, i just sold my copy of that lens. it gave many, many years of excellent images. it was kind of like loosing a part of me but now i've got another 85$ in the paypal (or should i say LBA) account.. it's a real sharp lens.

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