Which Macro Legacy Lens Vivitar 55mm f2.8 or Panagor PMC 90mm f2.8?

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Which Macro Legacy Lens Vivitar 55mm f2.8 or Panagor PMC 90mm f2.8?
May 4, 2013

I've been wanting to get a Macro prime lens with 1:1 magnification for my Olympus E-PL3 for a while now and think I am about ready to bite the bullet with a birthday on the horizon to attach it to...

My ideal lens would be sharp, have 1:1 magnification without the need for tubes or extensions, and in a pinch could be used as a prime for non-macro work (example, out with the kids on a hike snapping insects up close and personal and one of the boys does something photo worthy I can just point, focus, and shoot WITHOUT changing lenses and removing tubes etc).

I've narrowed down to getting either a Vivitar 55mm f2.8 Auto Macro or a Panagor PMC 90mm f2.8 Macro Lens.  They are getting more popular and the prices are now hiking well beyond the $150 range so I feel like I need to pick one soon and get it and hope that one day in the coming year or so I get lucky with the other.

I've seen some amazing work done with either, and would hope that I could find a non-lemon.

Would love any input before I plop down the cash and samples with these lenses if possible.  Of course, if there is some model I have overlooked that can meet the criteria I would also love that insight.

Thanks!

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