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Old Oct 25, 2010, 10:25 PM   #131
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Now im thinking of getting the k-r with just the 18-55mm. It is $170 less than with the 55-300 as well. And if I am getting the sigma 70-200 anyhow, i figure id use the sigma most of the time anyhow (even though it is a lot bigger and heavier). I dont think i'd miss that extra zoom very often enough..

But my question now is what can i use for macro shooting now? I was planning on using that canon 500d macro lens attached to the kit 55-300. But now that i am not getting one, is there something i can attach to the sigma, or the kit 18-55? I am not going to buy an actual dedicated lens.

I still plan on getting the pentax 50mm f/1.4 for about $340 or so.
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Old Oct 25, 2010, 10:31 PM   #132
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"Transcend 8 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card" is about 20 bucks for the GB size that i need. I'll have to remember this.
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Old Oct 25, 2010, 10:32 PM   #133
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well you can get the canon 250D with the short lens, but you really cut your working distance. It is design to work with a short lens. You will need a 52mm, and it is about the same price as the 500D, but not the best setup for macro of thing that might want to leave if you get too close.

I am not sure what size filter tread the 70-200 takes, but It really is not the best option for macro just because of the shear size and weight of the lens.

But like I said the 550-300mm is a multipurpose lens. Allot easier to carry around when you do not need the hsm and bigger aperture. And if you want to add it later is is 370 dollars, and anything else that comes close to it will cost more. Of you need to settle for a not that great of a lens like the tamron 70-300 LD DI. I have lugged big lenses around. Not the best option for walking around or going on vacation with.
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Old Oct 25, 2010, 10:33 PM   #134
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The FA 50 1.4 is a good lens just as good as the nikon or canon versions.
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Old Oct 25, 2010, 10:52 PM   #135
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the sigma weighs 2.1 pounds (or so) more than the pentax 55-300.

Also interesting is the minimum focus distance of the pentax 55 300 is 4.6ft.
the minimum focus distance of the sigma 70-200 is 3.33ft.
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... not the best option for macro just because of the shear size and weight of the lens...
I'd also say that at that point the macro filter would probably degrade the image on that more professional glass. Just what I would assume. On lower quality lenses you can get away with it.
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Old Oct 25, 2010, 11:10 PM   #137
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The sigma 70-200 is not as sharp as the 50-150, so the close up lens will magnified the problems with the sig. That is why allot of sport shooter said the sigma 70-200 is not a good lens for TC's

So I agree with mrpete, though canon close up lenses are pretty good, and does a nice job for macro. It may not be the best option on the sigma.

If you do plan on pass on the 55-300, just compromise on not trying to shoot little animals and the canon 250D should work fine.

The last option is adding a true macro lens, but with the range that you can shoot little animals with, you are looking at a 450-550 dollar lens like the pentax fA100mm f2.8, the sigma 105mm f2.8, or the tamron 60mm f2 or 90mm f2.8. The sigma 50mm is a macro lens, but it will have the same problem as the 250D on the 18-55 lens. And it is 400 dollars.

The 55-300 at 167 and the 500D at 80 buck is still less then all other options. And I finally got the lighting right and took a good macro shot with teh 55-200mm indoors. so if you want to see how it turn out. It was just a bad lighting week in NYC when ever I went to shoot the 500D and the 55-300mm. And I did not have a flash to get the right lighting.

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Old Oct 25, 2010, 11:12 PM   #138
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is there a difference between these two lens's?

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM AF Lens for Pentax
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...2_8_II_EX.html

and the

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras
http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-70-200mm.../dp/B0017UYBXO
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They are the same lens, they will give you 1:3.5 macro not almost 1:1 with the 500D on a long zoom. It is more a close up lens then a macro lens actually. But I think canon makes a 500D in a 77mm thread. So if you go that route. You should get 1:1 macro. But it is a heavy setup.

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is there a difference between these two lens's?

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM AF Lens for Pentax
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...2_8_II_EX.html

and the

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II Macro Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras
http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-70-200mm.../dp/B0017UYBXO
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Old Oct 25, 2010, 11:27 PM   #140
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canon does make a 77mm 500D close lens, but it is 177 dollar when BH has it in stock. Or 249 on amazon form the amazon market place.
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