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M42 Lens for Insects flower closeups

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Old Friday 6th July 2018, 14:46   #1
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M42 Lens for Insects flower closeups

Hi all. I have a Canon EOS M and use an adapter to mount M42 lenses as they are cheaper than the canon lenses.

Could anyone recommend what M42 lens I should be looking at to get very close up images of insects and flowers?

Hints on make, focal length, f stop would all be great as I know very little about the technicalities.

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RichardH2,
On the used items market you may be able to find the folowing M42 macrolenses; Asahi SMC Macro-Takumar 4,0/100mm, Asahi Macro-Takumar 4,0/50 mm, KilfittMakrokilar 2,8/40mm, Panagor M 42 3,0/55mm macro, Panagor M42, 2,8/90 m macro, Panagor M42 Macro adapter, Tamron 2,5/90 mm (has exchangeable adapters for many brands), Asahi helicoid macro ring, etc. The hunt may be a lot of fun,
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RichardH2,
On the used items market you may be able to find the folowing M42 macrolenses; Asahi SMC Macro-Takumar 4,0/100mm, Asahi Macro-Takumar 4,0/50 mm, KilfittMakrokilar 2,8/40mm, Panagor M 42 3,0/55mm macro, Panagor M42, 2,8/90 m macro, Panagor M42 Macro adapter, Tamron 2,5/90 mm (has exchangeable adapters for many brands), Asahi helicoid macro ring, etc. The hunt may be a lot of fun,
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The Tamron 90mm is a great lens and handles nicely too. It can be used with Tamron's X2 SP converter or Tamron's own extension tube and makes a versatile set-up.

I was speaking recently with a fellow photographer who works for Carl Zeiss and we soon found out that we had both used this lens and both have immense affection and respect for it still today.

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