stellar compact macro for A7r?

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Paul Richman
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stellar compact macro for A7r?
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Any such RF lenses you'd recommend? Would like at least 1:2. Would prefer 1:1. Must have super IQ.
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For compact, you will have to settle for shorter FL. Sony's native macro lens is a fee months away. If you have EA3 (or EA4), I would recommend Sigma 105mm/2.8 HSM OS on A-mount.

But of course Zeiss makro planar 100mm would be impressive.

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Oseont something much more compact than those.
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Oseont something much more compact than those.
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You could look at the tamron 90mm or if you want small, how about the canon 50mm 1:2
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I'm using the 30mm SAM on LA-EA3. Not only is the SAM excruciatingly sharp on the A7R, it focuses to 1:1, and as a bonus is also cover the full frame as a very acceptable 30mm wide angle with a little vignetting in the extreme corners and hardly any sharpness loss - plus, super straight line geometry. Altogether unexpected.

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Paul Richman wrote:

Any such RF lenses you'd recommend? Would like at least 1:2. Would prefer 1:1. Must have super IQ.
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Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm only does 1:3. I'm not aware of any RF lens that does 1:1 or even 1:2 without bellows... or Visoflex... or whatnot? Understandably, rangefinders just aren't a popular macro format.

You can mount any M lens to a Helicoil, though, for close(r) focus. This is a 50 Cron on a Hawk's Helicoil.

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The Elmar 90 Macro, OM 50/35 or 50/2 will probably be the smallest options, another option is diopter or close-up filters.

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Yes, I'm thinking about the Leica 90mm macro, even though it's only 1:3, and that only with its "goggles".    I'm wondering what kind of magnification I could get with this lens on either a Sony extension tube (to take the place of the "goggles" or with the helicoid.  Any idea?

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In reply to Tuloom, 11 months ago

Here's my lightweight set-up which uses a Pentax 50mm f/4 macro SMC screw thread (I've used extension tubes before the adaptor stage, but could use the same between the lens and adaptor). This is a relatively small light macro with exceptionally good performance.

Here's the lens reversed on bellows for 3X magnification -

This is the first shot I took with it (using the same studio flash as set up for the product images)

It is the Alpha logo from the 30mm SAM (49mm) lens cap, which I measure up as 0.5 inch here enlarged to 1.5 inch, which makes 3X. The A7R is a versatile camera but of course macro rigs are not a huge problem on any DSLR either - just a whole lot easier in the hands with a Leica-sized body.

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In reply to Paul Richman, 11 months ago

Rangefinder glass is not known for its macro capability.

Hawk's adapter will provide a more dramatic difference in close focus with wide-angle lenses. Consider a 28mm. But you won't get the perspective that you would with a proper macro.

In the not super compact world, but fairly light and darned inexpensive, the old Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 is a good one. Just be aware that older lenses don't have coatings that modern ones do, so try to avoid backlighting.

With the e-mount you have lots and lots of options for a good 1:1 macro via an adapter. But unfortunately not a lot are rangefinder designs. Maybe Zeiss or Voigtlander will change that given the existence of the A7/A7R and live view M 240? Would certainly be nice, rangefinder coupling to 0.7m, live view after that.
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