I love Pentax even more because of ebay


detritus

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every once in awhile, ebay reminds me of how wonderful it is to be a pentaxian :lovegrin: the hundreds of legacy lenses floating around for an extremely affordable price is simply mind-boggling.

the most recent reminder came via the speedpost courier 2 hrs ago - a mint copy of the sigma 50mm f2.8 macro.

this is the old MF version and it is capable of 1:1 magnification. Min focusing distance very close at 1:1, which is a problem for all short macro lenses. but i was looking for a short, MF macro lens with a decent focus throw so i decided to give this one a try. anyway, i collect macro lenses so when a mint copy came along at what i felt to be a very decent price, i put in a good max bid and won the auction.

this is a PK-A lens, with the A setting on the aperture ring, so its possible to control the aperture from the camera body.

i believe a fellow forum member had posted a review of it some time ago and has a copy himself ;)

the condition is what i feel to be VERY mint... hardly any user marks at all.


came with original front and rear lens cap.
 

detritus

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fully extended - focusing ring is a bit smoother than i expected... which might be a problem as i prefer slightly more friction. but it still gives sufficient control.


glass is very clean


anyone else has used this lens before? please share your experiences with it :)
 

detritus

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Congrats!

I know Denis had one, probably still has it, and he loved it.
yes. i read his review... although there are some who say that there are variations between copies and some are quite :thumbsd: i thot for that price, i can afford to take a chance and play with it for a bit :)
 

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There is no bad macro lens. If someone says a macro lens is a lousy one, he/she doesn't really know what's a macro lens for I guess :)
 

detritus

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There is no bad macro lens. If someone says a macro lens is a lousy one, he/she doesn't really know what's a macro lens for I guess :)
agree with u... they're mostly all sharp.

but as i learnt from Marcus, the difference is the bokeh ;) however, that's a really subjective criteria so its really impossible to say "good" or "bad" on that basis alone.
 

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Good for taking weaver ants. The closer you get, the more active the ants will be.:)

Post some pictures as well.

marcus
 

detritus

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thanks :) my collection is growing :lovegrin:

Good for taking weaver ants. The closer you get, the more active the ants will be.:)

Post some pictures as well.

marcus
soon soon :) no time to test tonight... will take it out for a shoot tomorrow night to see how it fares.

and i think i'll pass on weaver ants... :sweat: had a bad experience with them once...
 

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Congrats Donald on your Sigma 50mm macro. I do use it a lot for product shooting and I actually think it is slightly better than the A 50mm f/2.8 Macro. This lens is really a jewel but with this thread, the value and availability will be affected because everyone will be on the lookout for one. ;)
 

detritus

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Congrats Donald on your Sigma 50mm macro. I do use it a lot for product shooting and I actually think it is slightly better than the A 50mm f/2.8 Macro. This lens is really a jewel but with this thread, the value and availability will be affected because everyone will be on the lookout for one. ;)
the good news is that its not a particularly rare or expensive lens :) so prospective buyers should be well informed about the historical transaction value.

its not like the vivitar 105, voigtlander 125 or the pentax a200f4, which are really in a class of their own and getting really pricey ;)
 

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Wah Donald. Another Gem. Congrats. :)
 

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There is no bad macro lens. If someone says a macro lens is a lousy one, he/she doesn't really know what's a macro lens for I guess :)
Agreed. I need sturdy arms for macro shoot.
Thought I had a bad copy A100/2.8 macro until my buddy took some shots with it and convinced me.:)
 

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The lens looks great. I've look at your blog... impressive set of macro lenses :eek:

I like old lenses as well... recently aquired a Tamron adaptall 2 90mm 52b... but no time to try it out yet
 

detritus

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Wah Donald. Another Gem. Congrats. :)
thanks. will bring and play next time we go shoot :)

Congrats... that Lens really looks to be in tip-top condition!!
Congrats Donald it's a wonderful copy :thumbsup:
thanks all :) its a good find. i was afraid that the rubber focusing ring might be messed up... that is the most obvious exterior flaw for this type of designs.
 

detritus

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Agreed. I need sturdy arms for macro shoot.
Thought I had a bad copy A100/2.8 macro until my buddy took some shots with it and convinced me.:)
if its a bad copy, i don't mind helping u to get rid of it :bsmilie: i'll make room for an A100F2.8.

The lens looks great. I've look at your blog... impressive set of macro lenses :eek:

I like old lenses as well... recently aquired a Tamron adaptall 2 90mm 52b... but no time to try it out yet
i just updated cos i sold one recently ;) i had the DA35-Ltd but it was WAY underutilised. its too short for insect macro and i prefer the FA50 as a general walkabout lens cos of the bigger aperture.

and if u think my collection is impressive, u really ain't seen nothing yet... there are some hidden dragons in the forum ;)
 

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