Suggestions for MF Macro lens please

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Golfhacker27, May 15, 2016.

  1. Golfhacker27

    Golfhacker27 TalkEmount Regular

    May 15, 2016
    I'm looking for a cheap macro lens, manual focus preferably.
    Old Canon, Minolta, etc.
    For flowers etc (not seeking to go down to insect/micro level).

    I would appreciate any suggestions and recommendations.
  2. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
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    That's easy. Almost any legacy macro lens is excellent, Minolta, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, (Asahi) Pentax, Konica, Vivitar, Panagor, Tokina, Tamron etc. etc. For flowers both 50/55mm or 90...105mm will work, I prefer something around 100mm for the A7, with 50mm you have to get up really close. 100mm lenses are a bit more expensive than 50mm ones, but a deal below € 100 should be possible: yesterday I got offered a Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 4/100 for € 75.
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  3. BrorSvensson

    BrorSvensson TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 6, 2015
    i've a couple many macro lenses and the best one (even beating modern lenses) is the tamron 90mm SP f2.5 macro Adaptall lens. It's a stunning lens.
    Some sample shots:
    Foto.JPG Scooter-5.JPG Svenson_Bror_Frost.JPG
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  4. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    I use Canon manual lenses on the NEX-7...have the 50/3.5, 100/4.0, and 200/4.0 Macro Lenses, all outstanding IMO...a quick IQ example of each:

    Canon FD 50/3.5 Macro
    061914 FD50mm3.5Macro+AC_+PBCon10+PBS50.JPG

    Canon FD 100/4.0 Macro
    062814 Nature's colors at their best+2C+Crop 2 Purple Yellow.

    Canon FD 200/4.0 Macro
    071215 200mmMacro Ant bottom of Yellow Hibiscus +PBHiDef +PBS75.
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  5. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    PS: Remember, that some lenses also have a Macro's an example of the macro mode from a Canon FD 28-85/4.0

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  6. eno789

    eno789 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jan 1, 2012
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  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
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    So many to choose from, a true Macro goes to 1:1. Many lenses are labeled Macro, but only go to 1:2 or even less. They can be great close-up lenses, but not true Macro lenses.

    I've had great success with the 50mm Minolta
    Konica Minolta 50mm f/3.5 MD Macro



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  8. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Nov 23, 2012
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    Can't really go too wrong with any of the old big names. This is my dad's old Micro-Nikkor 55/3.5:
    It came out of retirement recently for its sunstar performance. (The Nikkors stop down to f/32 which can be useful for sunstars and depth of field, though diffraction will take some toll on resolution.) The all metal pre-AI iteration of this lens is dirt cheap and absolutely built like a tank. (Most OEM manual lenses should continue to focus and stop down for decades if you treat them right but the old Nikkor stuff is extra rugged IME.)
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  9. CJScott

    CJScott TalkEmount Regular

    Jul 15, 2015
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    • Vivitar 55mm 2.8 is awesome.
    • If you want a little more distance the Canon 100mm with the extension tube is pretty good.
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  10. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
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    Throwing my hat in the ring for the afore-mentioned Tamron SP 90mm f/2.5 macro. One of the highest resolving lenses I've tried.
    Double-duty as a portrait lens too.

    I also have the Canon nFD 50 and 100mm macros. Also excellent.
    The Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 is also a favorite. It's very compact for a macro.
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  11. darrellc

    darrellc TalkEmount Rookie

    Aug 15, 2015
    I like the Olympus OM Zuiko 50/3.5 as well, super cheap and small and well built. I recently bought an OM 50/2 to replace it, though more expensive, but can also double as a normal 50 (f/3.5 a bit slow for me for a general purpose lens at 50mm).
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  12. firemist

    firemist TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 4, 2015
    I use the Tamron SP 90/f2.8 Adaptall II (model 72B). It goes 1:1
  13. heymatthew

    heymatthew TalkEmount Regular

    Jul 1, 2013
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    I had the Vivitar 55/2.8 (made by Komine, I believe) and it was a stellar lens. Goes down to 1:1 and offers a little wider FOV (especially on a FF sensor) than, say, a 90 or 100 which can be awfully tight in some scenarios and also gives you little to no environmental/background information).

    The Vivitar was extremely sharp and performed beautifully throughout the entire range. Wonderful lens.
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