First Macro


Link Posted 18/08/2010 - 16:42
Hi all, this is my first post so please be gentle!
I recently picked up a mint Tamron SP 90mm F2.5 from LCE for only 69 - it was originally 89 but had a 20 refund because the extension tube was missing from the otherwise complete kit. By applying a slither of insulating tape to my PK Adaptall mount I am able to use it as a fully auto lens and use the Metz 36 in PTTL mode.

IMGP0088 by Phil's_Photos, on Flickr

IMGP0059 by Phil's_Photos, on Flickr

IMGP0064 by Phil's_Photos, on Flickr

These are all hand held, full-frame with just a little sharpening to 2 & 3. I think I need to sort out a diffuser for the flash.
I'm not really sure why, but I quite like No.1

Pentax K-M, Pentax DAL 18-55mm, DAL 50-200mm, DA 55-300mm, A 50mm F1.7, Tamron SP 90mm F2.5, Metz AF36 flash, Vivitar 283 flash


Link Posted 18/08/2010 - 18:00
Phil, Helston here, excellent shots. Love the colour, composition and feel of no1. If I have to ask for one thing, it perhaps needs a tiny bit more light on the buzzer. What a good buy the 90mm was!
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Link Posted 18/08/2010 - 18:02
like #1 as well!
Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.


Link Posted 18/08/2010 - 18:16
Nice work, really like #2

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Link Posted 18/08/2010 - 19:04
I think you got a very good price for a cracking lens. 2&3 are rather well timed but I like 1 best too for the lovely composition.
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Last Edited by DrOrloff on 18/08/2010 - 19:04


Link Posted 19/08/2010 - 00:02
Thanks for the kind comments. I bought the lens "blind" over the phone so you can imagine how pleased I was when I opened the box to find a lens that looked like it had never been used.

Pentax K-M, Pentax DAL 18-55mm, DAL 50-200mm, DA 55-300mm, A 50mm F1.7, Tamron SP 90mm F2.5, Metz AF36 flash, Vivitar 283 flash


Link Posted 19/08/2010 - 02:14
Good effort with these.
C&C welcome.


Link Posted 19/08/2010 - 10:41
I must say these are really quite excellent! For a first attempts they are more than that - brilliant even!!!

I think 2 and 3 could do with some fairly heavy cropping, but the important bits are fantastic. Well done
AF - Pentax K5, Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, Tamron 17-50/2.8, Sigma 30/1.4, Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-300/4-5.6
MF - Vivitar CF 28/2.8, Tamron AD2 90/2.5, MTO 1000/11
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Link Posted 19/08/2010 - 23:23
I really like the first two, a lot better thn my first crude attempts with the same lens!!

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Link Posted 20/08/2010 - 07:00
Great purchase, and well used! Crisp, sharp and clear.


Link Posted 20/08/2010 - 14:05
Lovely sharp images. First effort, too. The lens looks like a great investment.
Best wishes,


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Link Posted 22/08/2010 - 13:03
Seems you have a super lens. Really enjoyed #2, the clarity is wonderful.


I gladly welcome C & C's. Being foggy minded they really help me learn.
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