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 Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Ad Dieleman
    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. A7shooter

    A7shooter 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 Legend

    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.jpg

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

    roundball TalkEmount Legend

    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
    NoCal, USA
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  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    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 Subscribing Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    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 Subscribing Member

    Jul 15, 2015
    Clarkston, MI
    Carlos Scott
    • 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 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    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 Veteran

    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
    Sumter, South Carolina
    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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