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Macro Lens Thoughts

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Narnian, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I have been looking at the Pentax macros available on eBay and surprisingly many of the older Canon and Nikon 50/3.5 lenses are available well under $100US. Since the Panny 45/2.5 is out of my price range I am thinking about one of these, or any of the others such as the Tamron 90/2.5, Minolta, Olympus, etc. Are there and particular recommendations as to which ones may work better on the GF1 due to design, etc.? I want it for general macro photography, nothing specific.
     
  2. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    628
    Feb 12, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    They're all fine contenders. The Canon and the Nikon versions are quite nice from what I've seen. I use a Tokina 90/2.5 in FD mount occasionally, and it's superb, but also more pricey than $100. Generally I think it's difficult to find a bad macro lens out there, so pick one and go with it.
     
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  3. Blu-by-u

    Blu-by-u Mu-43 Regular

    72
    Aug 16, 2010
    Selangor, Malaysia
    Why not go for the Fourthird lenses at least you have AF coupled with the MMF 1 or 2 adapter.

    The Fourthird lenses offers the ZD 35 and 50 while the Sigma offers the 14-50/2.8, 105 and 150.

    NOTE, I just saw you are using the GF1. I think Panny may not offer AF on those lenses.
     
  4. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

    661
    Aug 9, 2010
    They don't.

    That said, when using as a macro lens, I'm not convinced that AF necessarily helps. You want the focus where you want it.
     
  5. Blu-by-u

    Blu-by-u Mu-43 Regular

    72
    Aug 16, 2010
    Selangor, Malaysia
    Thanks deirdre. I was looking for that list.
    BTW, Is there such a list for the Olympus Pens?
     
  6. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

    661
    Aug 9, 2010
    There is, but it's less clear to me what is supported focus-wise vs. what is not.

    However, there are six Olympus 4/3 lenses on the Olympus chart that don't have footnotes and are listed as AF-capable on the Panasonic chart, so my guess on the meaning is that they are supported the exact same way they are on the Panasonic bodies: only six of the Olympus 4/3 lenses support AF on m4/3. I'm guessing the same three (of four) Panasonic lenses support AF on Olympus bodies, though.

    In short, the following 4/3 lenses are available with autofocus:


    Panasonic L-RS014050 14-50mm
    L-RS014150 14-150mm
    L-X025 25mm

    Olympus ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm F2.8
    ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6
    ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6
    ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm F2.8-3.5II
    ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6
    ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm F4.0-5.6
     
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  7. sblehm

    sblehm Mu-43 Regular

    37
    Aug 28, 2010
    I agree. I think it is nice to have for non-macro shots you may take with the lens, but for macro AF is nearly useless.

    BTW, I am also looking for a good legacy macro that won't be too pricey. I was looking at the 55mm(? I think) konica because I already have the adapter, but I am not sold. I am thinking something closer to 100mm. I am open to suggestions.
     
  8. LisaO

    LisaO Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 18, 2010
    New York Metro Area
    Lisa
    I think manual is better for macro. I have the Micro-Nikkor 55 2.8 it cost about $125 and I liked it better then the Pan/Leica 45 macro which I have since sold. The Micro-Nikkor 55 2.8 has very nice bokeh.
     
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  9. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Thanks for the info guys! My hope is Olympus comes out with a reasonably priced macro next year. In the meantime I am bidding on some Canon/Nikon/Pentax/Tamron macros on eBay and hope to get one cheap to tide me over.
     
  10. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Apparently a low eBay bid I put in as a placeholder won a 105/4 Micro-Nikkor for me so my quiver of lenses is full (for now - unless one of my other low bids snags a 55/3.5 Micro-Nikkor as well ;) ).

    It will be interesting to see how an effective focal length 210mm macro works out.
     
  11. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    I have used both 55mm and 105mm macro lenses and for insects I find that the 105mm focal length is the best, it can enable you to get suitably framed photographs at a range outside that at which the insect might take flight.

    For plants it could be argued that the 55mm focal length is better, but the 105mm is certainly usable for that purpose as well.

    But then you might end up with the choice of both focal lengths :smile:

    Barrie
     
  12. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Well I managed to get a very good price on a Pentax-M 50/4 macro as well to add to the Micro-Nikkor 105/4 so I will have the opportunity. :biggrin:

    I put an image with the 105 over in the image thread you started fir the 105 Micro-Nikkor.
     
  13. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    Hi,

    I own the 55/2.8, 105/2.8 and the 200/4 Micro-Nikkors
    For insects, I prefer the 200 over the 105 because it allows you to stay at safe distance from the subject and because the IF is really fast and buttersmooth. Of course, tripod is mandatory.

    All these lenses are MF but, if you're a bit patient, you can find them at reasonable prices @ evilbay and other sources (maybe less the 200 ?)

    C U
    Rafael
     
  14. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Ad
    I can vouch for the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5, in any shape or form. It's fantastic on my Panasonic G1 and can be found for under € 50 with a bit of looking around.
     
  15. kiynook

    kiynook Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 16, 2010
    How about macro function in legacy zooms? They are affordable and can hold their own on general photography... ;-)

    Here's one general macro shoot with my budget zoom...uncropped and no photoshop touch-ups....the lotus lily in my aunty's garden is less than 2 inch across...

    [​IMG]

    I just saw a similar lens (item 370442928065) on ebay going for USD49 including international shipping.. ;-)

    I also use the 420mm FOV (135 equivalent) for fun shooting in bird parks and distance street shoot... ;-)
     
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  16. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    628
    Feb 12, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    It's definitely an option, although not strictly speaking a true macro capability. I use the macro function on my Vivitar S1 70-120 lens fairly often with good results. I think on that lens I get 1:2.5 magnification, which for a zoom lens is very good.
     
  17. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Gave the Pentax 50/4 macro a try this morning. The bees wouldn't cooperate but this little guy stayed still a bit longer.

    Pentax-M 50/4, ISO 400, 1/400sec, f8, handheld
    1040187014_iUhDc-L.