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Old Jan 31, 2006, 9:57 PM   #11
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I'm still digging around, and haven't made a final decision yet.

I've also found this page useful (having some specs and also pricing information on the one page is nice)

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/results.asp?IDLensType=2

I'm probably looking at either the 50mm 2.8 or the 100 mm 2.8, leaning toward the latter. Comments on the relative merits, or advantages / disadvantages of one over the other would be welcome...



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Old Jan 31, 2006, 10:24 PM   #12
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I'm still digging around, and haven't made a final decision yet.

I've also found this page useful (having some specs and also pricing information on the one page is nice)

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/results.asp?IDLensType=2

I'm probably looking at either the 50mm 2.8 or the 100 mm 2.8, leaning toward the latter. Comments on the relative merits, or advantages / disadvantages of one over the other would be welcome...



i do not own ethier lens (50mm or 100mm f/2.8 Macro). But, if I were choosing the ideal macro lens, I'd go with the 100mm. I have seen some superb (an understatement) photos from this lens. IOW, I'll be jealous. ;-)






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Old Jan 31, 2006, 10:25 PM   #13
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If you will forgive me, I still believe the Minolta 35-70mm F 4.0 is really the Macro lens of choice. At least my choice.Look at the sample photos. The photos from that lens are rather amazing. Have you got a different lens and a BETTER sample photo? Please post it, won't you.

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Old Jan 31, 2006, 10:38 PM   #14
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I guess it depends what you want to use it for... for me a 1:4 isn't as valuable as a 1:1, and I'd accept some level of compromise to get that. Of course I'd REALLY like to get the 1x-3x, but I haven't won the lottery (yet!)
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As a rule, I don't post links to other forums. But, I'll make an exeption, just this one time. Some of many examples I've seen from this superb lens (100mm f/2.8 Macro):

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=16957380


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Wow, very nice indeed.

Thank you Jim, I feel assured that the 100mm will suit my needs very well. (and as a bonus I've just found that one of my local camera stores has one second hand, heh)
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Jim-

Thanks for posting. The 100mm F2.8 really does look impressive. Thanks for jumping into the discussion.

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Old Feb 1, 2006, 12:14 AM   #18
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Jim-

Those Minolta 100mm F 2.8 lenses seem to be few and far between. Can you give us any hints about where to find one?

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Those Minolta 100mm F 2.8 lenses seem to be few and far between. Can you give us any hints about where to find one?
Sorry, but no. I'd keep an eye on the used departments at http://www.bhphotovideo.com , http://www.keh.com , and http://www.adorama.com (as well as Ebay of course).

You may also want to get on notification lists in case some vendors get one in. For example, B&H has a system that sends you an e-mail when stock arrives. See the "Notify when in stock" feature on This Page at B&H

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I got myself a AF 50 2.8 Macro D(my first "new" lens...lol) last month, I've been very happy withit and it easily isone of the best lens in my kit. I think the only real beef you can have with it is that it is very slow for AF, probably due to the fact that it has much finer focus adjustment compare to other lens, and its working distance to the subject is a lot smaller than the 100mm, which means it may not be that good for shooting insects....for still objects, it is simply superb! It is more widely available on eBay than the 100 and cheaper as well. Though to note, only the newer version has circular aparture....

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