good legacy macro lenses

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by colbycheese, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. colbycheese

    colbycheese Mu-43 Veteran

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    I wanted to get into to macro and i didn't want to buy a native macro lens as i don't have the cash right now. i was wondering what a good cheap legacy macro is that i can find on ebay. I just want something to use before i decide to spend a lot of money on a native macro lens. So what are the best legacy macro lenses?
     
  2. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    In the Nikon world the 105/4.0 is a genuine macrolens. It will set you back for about €150
     
  3. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Eric
    I believe that the Tamron 90mm f2.5 SP macro is fairly highly regarded. Its an adaptall lens so you need a separate adapter to adapt it to your mount of choice.
     
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  4. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

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    Paul
    There are quite a few good legacy macro lenses in the 90mm - 105mm range from the 35mm film days. The independent manufacturers may be lower cost e.g. Tamron SP90, Vivitar Series 1 90mm, Tokina etc. and are available in a number of mounts as well as Nikon 105 etc.

    Have a search in the adapted section to get a fuller list.
     
  5. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

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    Paul
    PS you can get an ADaptall2 to m43 adaptor for the Tamron if you don't want to "stack" mounts.
     
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  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    If you want cheap, add some extension tubes to one of your 50mm manual primes. That gets you to 1:1 for about $10!
     
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  7. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Don't rule out the MCON macro converter for your kit zoom. I went with one instead of a legacy lens. While it is not a complete macro, I have had some pretty good luck with it on close-focusing.

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    I will probably still get a legacy macro eventually, but this is a fairly cheap stop-gap solution ~$60 with auto-focusing.
     
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  8. colbycheese

    colbycheese Mu-43 Veteran

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    I didnt look but, is there anything from pentax in the super takumar line? I already have a m42 adapter so that would save me from buying another adapter
     
  9. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Do you need 1:1? If you want "light" macro, there is a Industar 61 L/Z (has to be the Z) in m42 mount that is a 50mm f2.8 that does 1:2.5 magnification. There is also the 50mm f4.0 which does 1:2. I think the Vivitar 55mm f2.8 is available in m42 mount.
     
  10. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
  11. RAH

    RAH Mu-43 Veteran

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    Rich
    I should think that a regular Olympus 4/3 35mm macro lens would be very cheap nowadays. You could use it with just a simple 4/3 to m4/3 adapter and even have AF (although not all that useful for macro). It focuses pretty quickly on the E-M10, although not as fast as a native m4/3 lens, of course.

    The 35mm lens is very sharp, although the working distance can be kind of close.
     
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  12. colbycheese

    colbycheese Mu-43 Veteran

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    its a little out of my price range, as well as the tamron f2.5. I did some looking on ebay and found a few Nikon 55mm f/2.8 lenses at great prices. They are the AI-S version. Are these any good for the price? I don't want to spend more than 80 bucks
     
  13. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    It is superb. And mine is currently for sale for $135:

    https://www.mu-43.com/threads/76961/
     
  14. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Sigma 90mm/2.8 MF Macro (1:2, but originally came with a 1:1 screw on diopter)
    Sigma 50mm/2.8 MF Macro (1:1)
    Vivitar 55mm/2.8 Macro (1:1)
    SMC Pentax-M 100mm/4 Macro (1:2)

    These are the ones that I would recommend to anyone on a budget. All can be found for $100 or less. They all punch well, well above their weight. I personally think the Sigma and Vivitar are better than the Canon/Nikon/Olympus/Pentax 50-55mm lenses, since they match the sharpness but those lenses require a bulky macro adapter behind them to reach 1:1. All of these lenses are also usably compact and light (300-350g), unlike the massive 90mm/2.5 options like the Tokina or Vivitar Series One.

    The Sigma 90mm may well be the sharpest lens that I own. Focussed properly with a proper shutter speed, I think it beats out any other legacy lens I have, the Panasonic 20mm/1.7, the Samyang 7.5/3.5 fisheye, the vaunted Olympus HG 11-22 2.8-3.5...
     
  15. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    How does the 35mm AF on M4/3 with the MMF? Have you tried it?

    I trust that it's a great lens optical, but I really do enjoy the smooth MF of legacy macro lenses. I like it much more than any focus-by-wire lens I've ever used.
     
  16. MAubrey

    MAubrey Photographer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Bellingham, WA
    Mike Aubrey
    Yeah, that's the thing, while the AF is accurate, it lacks the buttery smoothness of a well-dampened MF ring. It's strength is that it's really better IQ-wise than all of the legacy options that I've examined.
     
  17. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    I would recommend looking at the best lens you can find for the best price. You'll very quickly find that swapping adapters between lenses is kind of a hassle, and it's easily worth it to spend the $10-15 for a new adapter.

    Also, it's best to stay flexible. The Vivitar 55/2.8 that I have was a Canon FD mount, but I scored it for only $45. An M42 version might sell for twice or three times as much, if it's available at all. Prices are extremely variable on eBay (if that's where you're sourcing your stuff), so it pays to be flexible and opportunistic if you're ever looking for deals.
     
  18. Wab

    Wab Mu-43 Regular

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  19. Hazza

    Hazza Just Clicking

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    Harry
    I just recently (last couple of days) picked up a Vivitar 55mm f2.8 in olympus OM mount and have had a little play with it, still early days but having a lot of fun. Not a lot of keepers but with practice I'm sure it will improve :)

    18649670863_e7ccd52d10_b. ? caterpillar by Harry Cutts, on Flickr
     
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  20. Your best deal, if you need to keep the price down, is the Vivitar 55 f2.8. It's sharp and has focusing helicoids that will take it out to 1:1, so no need for the extra extension tubes like all the others. It can also be found in a variety of mounts. Good bang for the buck here...had one in the film days.