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Offline BrianNZ

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Macro recomendations
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:44:04 AM »
Heading home on Wednesday and spending Tuesday afternoon in Melbourne.  Am a bit interested in purchasing a Macro lens for my A77, but would also need to work on full frame as i may upgrade in the coming year or so. Not looking to spend a lot, so can anyone recommend a suitable lens (a mount) that would fit the bill. I will only be in the CBD area so would probably visit Michaels or Teds (think thats what its called). Are there other camera stores in the CBD area of Melbourne. There seems to be so many Macro lenses to choose from , and Macro photography is not something i have tried yet, but keen to experiment.  Should mention i have looked at the post about the Sony 90mm Macro, loved the shots, but may be  a bit pricey,  will have to work on the Wife a bit (actually a lot) if i were to get that one
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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2016, 11:26:25 AM »
 The Sony 90mm macro is an E-mount lens. In A-mount Sony do a 50mm ƒ2.8 and 100mm ƒ2.8 macro both are based on the Minolta design and are screw driven.
Tamron do a SP 90mm ƒ2.8 Di USD macro which is meant to be pretty good
Sigma do a 105mm f2.8 EX DG HSM and also a 150mm ƒ2.8

It depends on many things and the working distance you want. The Tamron 90 is possibly your best bet for an A-mount lens in that sort of focal length.

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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2016, 03:58:55 PM »
You could also possibly consider the Sigma 85mm f1.4 in A mount. A full frame lens at 85mm so 127mm (ish) on the a77.
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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2016, 10:35:54 PM »
The Tamron and Sigma offerings are well worth a look.
I bought the Tamron 180mm.
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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2016, 06:05:29 AM »
mmmmmm really liking the look of the tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 lens but looks like it might be difficult to find in a store in Melbourne in the A mount. Digidirect have already told me they have no A Mount lenses,  and while it is listed at Michaels there is no price shown, which from past experience usually means they dont have it in stock.  Will be unfortunate as it is so much cheaper over here ( Digidirect had it listed at AUS$455 - that is about $500 NZ,  to buy in NZ this lens is selling for $780 (cheapest i could find)
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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2016, 10:40:48 PM »
ok, so no one carries any A Mount lens's anymore. Michaels, Teds and Digidirect all said order in only with  up to a 3-5 week turnaround :-(.  That being the case then one has to ask the question, despite rumours of a A99ii , is the A Mount dead and buried after all?
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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2016, 01:39:34 PM »
It's a problem of demand.

Sony has always been in 3rd place behind Canon & Nikon in sales, so is less likely to be stocked.

With the rise of the E-Mount, this has probably pushed A-Mount into 4th place, making it difficult to justify holding stock for smaller stores.

Of course, if you do decide the A-Mount has run it's course, but don't want to go E-Mount, you can always stay with Sony by either going Nikon (with a Sony Sensor), or for ultimate IQ the new Phase One Medium Format 100MP back has a new Sony Sensor (which I expect to be very good indeed, the 50MP Sony MF sensor took the MF digital market by storm).
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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2016, 10:35:33 PM »
I have the old version of the Tamron 90mm Macro lens, which when used with my Metz ringflash gives good results. Good luck with your macro photography.
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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2016, 08:18:48 AM »
thank you all for the input,  i have today ordered the tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 lens, hopefully not too long a wait till it arrives
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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2016, 10:40:26 PM »
I do not think you will be disappointed Brian.  Hardest thing is to find a suitable bug at a moment when you have time to shoot.  Mostly I see opportunities when I do not have the lens with me or am busy ...john
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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2016, 11:11:01 PM »
isnt that always the case John,  only yesterday we had a Hawk soaring over our property, very dark clouds behind, but sun shining on bird, great contrast and would have made a terrific photo, but by the time i got my camera out it had gone
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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2016, 08:08:59 PM »
Today, sat in the car for my lunch break, about a dozen + Longtailed Tits flitting around from trees nearby and a tree in front of me... then a Tree Creeper --- and no camera :(

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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2016, 08:39:56 PM »
my lens has arrived, roll on the weekend :-)
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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2016, 10:42:38 PM »
my lens has arrived, roll on the weekend :-)

How did you get on? I have the same lens and love it for Macro and Portraiture.

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Re: Macro recomendations
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2016, 03:26:42 AM »
sorry been busy and have had few opportunities to try the lens out,  have taken a few and need to download them  to see what they have come out like,  will post a few when i do
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