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M42 Lens for Insects flower closeups (1 Viewer)

RichardH2

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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.

Thanks, RichardH.
 

Gijs van Ginkel

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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,
Gijs van Ginkel
 

Troubador

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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,
Gijs van Ginkel

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.

Lee
 

Musoman

PETE - Nikon Shooter
Bit late to this party, but i can also recommend the Tam SP 90mm , although mine is the later f2.8 model. The f2.5 is just as good

I stuck a 12mm ext. tube on, manual focus, F13, ISO 200, 1/3rd flash and got this little spider ( size reference on the photo with a ballpoint pen ) probably around 8mm in size.
 

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Rico70

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If you haven't found it yet, I have a Panagor 90mm f2,8 macro. The attack, however, is "Canon FD" and therefore you will have greater macro magnification.
 

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