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    I've a hankering for a 50mm manual focus macro lens for my Pen and its pre-natal pal the OM-D.

    I know there's a couple of OM macros in that focal length, but has anyone experience of other brands, such as Pentax, Canon FD, Sigma etc.? Cheap is good!
    Stephen

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    Fuji X system, + Leica and Bronica film

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    Re: Legacy macro lenses

    I have a Vivitar manual focus macro that I really rate. 55mm f2.8. It's also a proper 1:1 macro (many competitors at the time were 1:2 and required either extension tubes or a teleconverter). Image and build quality both very nice. Mine happens to be Contax/Yashica, but SRB Gritturn sell decent mount adapters for just about anything.

    In the past, I've used the Pentax 50/4 SMCM. Lovely and comparatively tiny 1:2 macro lens, worth buying if you find it at a good price.

    Don't be tempted by the Tamron SP 90/2.5 lens - wonderful on film and built like a tank. But you get nasty reflections from its rear element on to the sensor of some digital cameras, which causes severe contrast problems in some circumstances when you stop down.

    Cheers,

    Jon
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    • #3
      Re: Legacy macro lenses

      I second the Vivitar 55mm 2.8... mine is a Minolta (MD) mount, excellent lens.
      OM-D E-M1 I E-30 w/HLD-4 I DMC-L1 I 25 f1.4 I 14-50 f2.8-3.5 I 35-100 f2 I 50-200 f2.8-3.5 SWD
      Rokkor 45 f2 I Rokkor 50 f1.7 I Vivitar 55 f2.8 Macro
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      • #4
        Re: Legacy macro lenses

        Originally posted by JonSchick View Post
        Don't be tempted by the Tamron SP 90/2.5 lens - wonderful on film and built like a tank. But you get nasty reflections from its rear element on to the sensor of some digital cameras, which causes severe contrast problems in some circumstances when you stop down.

        Cheers,

        Jon
        Funny you should say that. I've had the Tamron SP90 for a couple of years, with no optical problems at all. BUT it is very heavy, and the long focal length leads to vibration.

        Thanks for the comments re the Vivitar - I shall certainly look for one of those. I ran my Nikon film cameras exclusively on Vivitar lenses back in the 70s, but had forgotten about them since.
        Stephen

        A camera takes a picture. A photographer makes a picture

        Fuji X system, + Leica and Bronica film

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        • #5
          Re: Legacy macro lenses

          Originally posted by StephenL View Post
          Funny you should say that. I've had the Tamron SP90 for a couple of years, with no optical problems at all.
          Couple of decades for me but no problems using it on 4/3 either.
          It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

          David M's Photoblog

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          • #6
            Re: Legacy macro lenses

            I like my classic Pentax SMC M 50mm f4.0 (recently bought), but maybe it just because its a tessar. Equivalent to my 35mm 100mm f4.BITD 50mm was the standard, 100mm was the more expensive option to give more working distance, 200mm was rare and very expensive IIRC .

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            • #7
              Re: Legacy macro lenses

              FYI ... there is a Vivitar with OM mount on the evilbay right now .... no affiliation
              http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vivitar-55mm-f-2-8-1-1-Macro-Lens-Olympus-OM-Mount-Excellent-made-Komine-/170829293454?pt=UK_Lenses_Filters_Lenses&hash=item 27c638278e
              Thanks, Steve

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              • #8
                Re: Legacy macro lenses

                That Vivitar is the same model as mine - and I can vouch for it being excellent quality. The Pentax SMCM 50/4 referred to above is also a lovely lens and much more compact - but as with most similar lenses of its era, is 1:2 rather than a genuine 1:1 macro - which is why the Vivitar is so much larger.
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                • #9
                  Re: Legacy macro lenses

                  Originally posted by JonSchick View Post
                  Don't be tempted by the Tamron SP 90/2.5 lens - wonderful on film and built like a tank. But you get nasty reflections from its rear element on to the sensor of some digital cameras, which causes severe contrast problems in some circumstances when you stop down.
                  Put a Tamron x1.4 TC behind it. The rear element of the TC is convex, eliminating the problem

                  Harold
                  The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Legacy macro lenses

                    I recommend the Micro Nikkor 55mm f3.5 however it's longer and heavier than the OM 50mm macro. From my perspective both similar quality optically.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Legacy macro lenses

                      Originally posted by Harold Gough View Post
                      Put a Tamron x1.4 TC behind it. The rear element of the TC is convex, eliminating the problem

                      Harold
                      Alternatively, use it on your (my) Sony A7S, which also eliminates the problem!
                      I advertised mine a while ago but it didn't sell, and I'm using it again now.
                      Regards,
                      Mark

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                      Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Legacy macro lenses

                        I would suggest this Olympus OM 135mm f4 with adjustable extension tube to go with it

                        http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Olymp...OM_134845.html
                        OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

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                        • #13
                          Re: Legacy macro lenses

                          Originally posted by alfbranch View Post
                          I would suggest this Olympus OM 135mm f4 with adjustable extension tube to go with it

                          http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/Used/Olymp...OM_134845.html
                          That's a good price. The telescopic extension tube can be used with a wide variety of lenses. I've used mine behind the OM 300 as a way of isolating flowers from messy backgrounds.
                          It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Legacy macro lenses

                            Originally posted by Harold Gough View Post
                            Put a Tamron x1.4 TC behind it. The rear element of the TC is convex, eliminating the problem

                            Harold
                            My Tamron 90mm spends 90% of the time with a TC behind it. In my OM days it had a 2x behind it so much I had a tripod mount for the 2x.
                            It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

                            David M's Photoblog

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                            • #15
                              Re: Legacy macro lenses

                              Originally posted by David M View Post
                              My Tamron 90mm spends 90% of the time with a TC behind it. In my OM days it had a 2x behind it so much I had a tripod mount for the 2x.
                              Mine too, in my film days, for close-ups and macro. I put twin flash on a Kennett Macro ring, which had a tripod mount on it. I calibrated the ring for various apertures and magnifications for manual flash. This was for may Canon A1 before I got my OM2n.

                              http://www.rockycameras.com/kennett-...499-7610-p.asp

                              Harold
                              The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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