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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject: Close focusing wide angles Reply with quote

Any opinions on good quality close focusing wide angle lenses?


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What focal lengths are you thinking of ?
Are you talking full frame ?


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And what qualities are you looking for?


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From my memeory, but there are more, i'm sure!

Enna (Revuenon) 24mm f/4 macro
Cosina 24mm f/2.8 macro


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From my memory, but there are more, i'm sure!

Enna (Revuenon) 24mm f/4 macro
Cosina 24mm f/2.8 macro


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3dpan wrote:
What focal lengths are you thinking of ?
Are you talking full frame ?


28mm or wider, preferably smooth bokeh.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Vivitar 28/2.8 Close Focus lens by Komine is very nice.
There are numerous examples of images on this forum. I can't speak for the bokeh though.
Available in a range of different mounts too.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clubman/Ensinor 24mm macro.

http://forum.mflenses.com/ensinor-24mm-flower-and-bee-t59761,highlight,%2Bensinor+%2B24mm.html

http://forum.mflenses.com/landscape-with-ensinor-24mm-f2-8-macro-t62568,highlight,%2Bensinor+%2B24mm.html

Here's one for sale on eBay at the moment:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ensinor-24mm-F2-8-Olympus-OM-Mount-Wide-Angle-Lens-Stock-No-U8370/292451815326?hash=item44177c8f9e:g:lj8AAOSwBU1ahr1L


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DigiChromeEd wrote:
Clubman/Ensinor 24mm macro.



Same as this one? http://forum.mflenses.com/exakta-24mm-f-2-8-macro-fuji-x-mount-t75335,highlight,%2Bexakta+%2B24mm.html
That's a Cosina lens.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TrueLoveOne wrote:
DigiChromeEd wrote:
Clubman/Ensinor 24mm macro.



Same as this one? http://forum.mflenses.com/exakta-24mm-f-2-8-macro-fuji-x-mount-t75335,highlight,%2Bexakta+%2B24mm.html
That's a Cosina lens.


Possibly, the one I have is this one, manufactured by Cimko I think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6XWhCmtZCo


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DigiChromeEd wrote:


Possibly, the one I have is this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6XWhCmtZCo


Somehow that one reminded me of another close focusing wide angle: Sigma 24mm f/2.8 macro!

Cheers, René!


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Panagor Auto Wide Angle 21mm f/4 focusses down to 14cm or so (the lowest indication-mark on the lens is 16 cm but the focusring turns even further).
Dangerously close enough to hit the glass anyway.

That lens was also sold under the name WEP.

If you are interested: I have about four of those Sigma 24mm f/2.8 super wide lenses. That's three too many (that I am willing to sell).


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently picked this one up, very close focusing, differing opinions on forums, I've not taken it out for a spin yet!





PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

venus optics laowa 15mm f4, 1:1 marco. Wink


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good suggestions guys.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Albinar marketed a 28mm f/2.8 macro. I bought one back in 1983. It wasn't a very good lens. Not very sharp and all the macro shots I attempted with it were blurry.

Here's an example:
Click here to see on Ebay

Certainly cheap enough.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheap is not good...

Good is not cheap...


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As if cheap can't be good and expensive is always the best... sigh.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are cheap but good lenses if you know its limits. For example, here is a 15mm f/4 with 1:1 macro for Canon FF SLR at $149.95 only Click here to see on Ebay .


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kryss wrote:
Cheap is not good...

Good is not cheap...


This is a truism and generally applies. But I have found too many good to excellent pieces of gear for dirt cheap prices to believe this truism outright. I can show you great pieces of photo gear I've found, and other items -- two of my motorcycles . . . at least a dozen vintage fountain pens . . . a couple of my guitars . . . dozens of pieces of collectible, often ancient, Chinese jade and porcelains . . . and more. I am an inveterate scrounger, so I find these things.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody experience with the SLR magic 8mm for m4/3? Looks very interesting to me.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minolta MD 28-85mm zoom has a peculiar feature of 1:4 macro at the wide angle.


PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ANY wide-angle lens focuses much closer than normal with the help of a thin extension ring. Why don't you try an extension ring with a lens you already have?

There may be a drop in quality, especially in corners, but it may be acceptable for many applications. Traditionally, the best wide-angle lenses use floating elements to keep image quality in the corners and edges as they focus closer.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TrueLoveOne wrote:
From my memeory, but there are more, i'm sure!

Enna (Revuenon) 24mm f/4 macro
Cosina 24mm f/2.8 macro

I bought the Cosina after seeing samples on this forum. For close-focusing work it's simply stunning; for regular landscape work, however, it's below par. I ended up selling it.

My favourite close-focusing wide angle is the Komine-made Vivitar 28/2 Close Focus. I absolutely love this lens.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gerald wrote:
ANY wide-angle lens focuses much closer than normal with the help of a thin extension ring. Why don't you try an extension ring with a lens you already have?


+1

I do that on regular basis as I use mainly RF lenses which aren't designed for close distances. Therefore a set of distance rings is always in my pocket, regardless of focal length used.

Here is a rather negative example where I've used the CV 25mm/F4 lens on distance ring which would look much better with lesser DOF; i.e. a longer focal length: