Macro on Fuji 50r

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David Mintzer Contributing Member • Posts: 833
Macro on Fuji 50r

I'm thinking of purchasing the Fuji and was wondering what lense(s) you guys are using for macro photography.  Thanks in advance.

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Erik Kaffehr
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Re: Macro on Fuji 50r

David Mintzer wrote:

I'm thinking of purchasing the Fuji and was wondering what lense(s) you guys are using for macro photography. Thanks in advance.

What imaging scale do you need?

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Re: Macro on Fuji 50r

David Mintzer wrote:

I'm thinking of purchasing the Fuji and was wondering what lense(s) you guys are using for macro photography. Thanks in advance.

Fuji 120/4 G-mount lens, sometimes with 45 mm tube, for the vast majority of my images.

These work well, too:

  • CO 60/4 UV-VIS-IR
  • Schneider 90/4.5 Apo-Componon enlarging lens.
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Rob de Loe
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Re: Macro on Fuji 50r

David Mintzer wrote:

I'm thinking of purchasing the Fuji and was wondering what lense(s) you guys are using for macro photography. Thanks in advance.

SMC Pentax-A 645 120mm f/2 Macro lens (or the FA version -- same optics) is an excellent and inexpensive choice. It will take you to 1:1 without extension tubes.

I'm using the Schneider Kreuznach Makro-Symmar 120mm f/5.9 (but that requires more bits and pieces than using the Fuji 120mm macro, or the Pentax).

tokyowalker Regular Member • Posts: 152
Re: Macro on Fuji 50r
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David Mintzer wrote:

I'm thinking of purchasing the Fuji and was wondering what lense(s) you guys are using for macro photography. Thanks in advance.

On camera directly:

Contax 645 Zeiss Apo-Makro-Planar 4/120 via a manual iris EF adapter to a Cambo EF-GFX Adapter

I’m going to get the Fuji GF 4/120 Almost-A-Macro & 45mm extension ring soon though as I want to try in-camera stacking which requires AF drive.

With body attached to the technical camera I have a few lenses which I’ll be paring down to one or two mainly for 4x5 but secondarily for digital:

Schneider-Kreuznach Makro-Symmar 5.6/80 (new)

Schneider-Kreuznach M-Componon 4/80

Plus a couple of non APO Rodagons, Componon-S, etc etc.  It’s a bad habit I’m going to quit.  I’ve stopped chasing MTFs and resolution tests etc lately because I don’t take pictures of line charts or semiconductors. Mostly florals and natural elements with organic structures.

I also have my eyes set on a Sigma 2.8/180 Apo DG OS with a Techart Adapter.

OP David Mintzer Contributing Member • Posts: 833
Re: Macro on Fuji 50r

Thanks for all the suggestions--I was reading up on the 120 but now I have more research to do---!!!! Almost ready to pull the trigger!

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tokyowalker Regular Member • Posts: 152
Re: Macro on Fuji 50r

David Mintzer wrote:

Thanks for all the suggestions--I was reading up on the 120 but now I have more research to do---!!!! Almost ready to pull the trigger!

If you’re not hauling legacy world class glass  er, baggage, like a lot of people are , just go straight for the native almost-a-macro 4/120 & 45mm extension. That’s what I’m dying to do in Q1.

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Macro for Pentax

Salve!

I have a Pentax K200D to which I would like to add a Macro lens (1:1). It is long I want to get into macro so I thought to start with this camera and move forward from there. My only limitation is that I can not use a lens which will compromise the AF of the camera or the lens. I am involuntarily dependent on AF due to vision degeneration.

Any suggestions? Thank you all in advance.

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Re: Macro on Fuji 50r

David Mintzer wrote:

I'm thinking of purchasing the Fuji and was wondering what lense(s) you guys are using for macro photography. Thanks in advance.

The Fuji system doesn't have native macro capabilities much beyond lifesize.  If you need to go beyond that, you're looking at adapting something or other whether an enlarging lens, a microscope objective, a reverse mounted lens, or whatever else.  Look into adapting Mamiya, Pentacon Six or Bronica or Novoflex bellows onto the Fuji and then adapting whatever objective lens to that.  You might also want to look into adapting Canon MP-E 65mm lens, which will allow you to go to 5x lifesize without any other accessories, although I don't know if its image circle is large enough to cover 33x44 sensor, although it should be at higher magnifications.

All of these options are not difficult to do, but it's not the same as having native macro support beyond 1:1

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Macro guy
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Re: Macro for Pentax

Wildbegonia wrote:

Salve!

I have a Pentax K200D to which I would like to add a Macro lens (1:1). It is long I want to get into macro so I thought to start with this camera and move forward from there. My only limitation is that I can not use a lens which will compromise the AF of the camera or the lens. I am involuntarily dependent on AF due to vision degeneration.

Any suggestions? Thank you all in advance.

The higher the magnification, the less useful AF becomes.  Even at 1:1, it's not all that useful.

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JimKasson
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Re: Macro on Fuji 50r

Macro guy wrote:

David Mintzer wrote:

I'm thinking of purchasing the Fuji and was wondering what lense(s) you guys are using for macro photography. Thanks in advance.

The Fuji system doesn't have native macro capabilities much beyond lifesize. If you need to go beyond that, you're looking at adapting something or other whether an enlarging lens, a microscope objective, a reverse mounted lens, or whatever else.

Most enlarging lenses are designed to, well, enlarge, so they’ll need to be reversed, too.

Look into adapting Mamiya, Pentacon Six or Bronica or Novoflex bellows onto the Fuji and then adapting whatever objective lens to that. You might also want to look into adapting Canon MP-E 65mm lens, which will allow you to go to 5x lifesize without any other accessories, although I don't know if its image circle is large enough to cover 33x44 sensor, although it should be at higher magnifications.

All of these options are not difficult to do, but it's not the same as having native macro support beyond 1:1

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Re: Macro for Pentax

Wildbegonia wrote:

Salve!

I have a Pentax K200D to which I would like to add a Macro lens (1:1). It is long I want to get into macro so I thought to start with this camera and move forward from there. My only limitation is that I can not use a lens which will compromise the AF of the camera or the lens. I am involuntarily dependent on AF due to vision degeneration.

Any suggestions? Thank you all in advance.

I think you will be fine with the K200D and the DFA 100mm Macro, with these caveats. This is an older Pentax body and I once owned a similarly aged camera in the K20D. I found this camera to hunt in AF in low light. It was fine in good light and AF worked well, but low light would be a problem and often. That being said, I think you would have no problem with the superior AF of a newer model KP and in low light as well. I often use Pentax and Sigma macros (1:1) on my K3 and even these combinations can have difficulty focusing in low light. Also, due to my wanting to often focus close up at maximum magnification I have found that I leave my camera on MF most of the time when in less than good light.  Best to you. Don

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OP David Mintzer Contributing Member • Posts: 833
Re: Macro on Fuji 50r

Want to thank all for their input.  Now----I need to reanalyze and eventually pull the trigger!

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