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    Eat your heart out -- after many moons, somebody listed a 110mm 1:1 macro lens on ePrey at a decent buy iy now price ...


    Just got it Monday, been too busy to put film through, but all functions appear good. Rig as shown weighs 1966 grams (4 lb 5 1/4 oz), a really satisfying feel -- metal and glass -- YAY!

    The lens alone is 923 grams -- almost as heavy as my Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L -- another satisfying handful!

    DaveT (happier than usual)

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    The S to PS comparison is can make is in the 50mm length. The S model here was quite poor, not really acheiving edge sharpness even at f11. The PS model, obviously a very different design with a different maximum aperture and filter size, is much better. On the other hand, I had a 65mm PS that was really bad....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWThomas View Post
    Eat your heart out -- after many moons, somebody listed a 110mm 1:1 macro lens on ePrey at a decent buy iy now price ...
    Do you mind me asking how much it was? I see there is one there at the moment for 239 dollars. That seems like a good price to me ....

    I have the S version of this lens and I really like the results I get from it but it's 1:4 rather than 1:1. I'm tempted to upgrade as I'm enjoyed experimenting with macro stuff and that seems like a huge difference to me in terms of the scale of things you can photograph ...

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    Actually now I'm confused. The seller says it's 1:1 PS 110mm but it's got a 67mm filter size and I notice that all the ones on Keh have a 72mm filter size. It's clearly not the same lens. It also says 1:4 somewhere on it ... hmmnnn

    It's definitely a PS lens though. Is there a 110mm PS version that is 1:4 rather than 1:1? i.e.

    110mm S 1:4 67mm filter size
    110mm PS 1:4 67mm filter size
    110mm PS 1:1 72mm filter size

    ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughitb View Post
    <snip> Is there a 110mm PS version that is 1:4 rather than 1:1? <snip>
    Yes, there is a PS version of the 110mm 1:4 macro lens - I have one. The max aperture on this lens is 4, and it takes 67mm filters.

    I should add that I (personally) do not find the 1:4 macro lens very useful for my needs - I would have much preferred the 1:1 version, but I've decided to use 35mm & LF for macro work, so the 110mm 1:4 does not get used at all.

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    Yes, I paid $295 -- but that 1:1 verison usually runs about twice as much as the 1:4 version. I originally planned to buy the 1:4 because it's less money and would work with filters I already have. Luckily, after more thinking about it, I decided why spend a fair amount, and maybe still be unhappy with the 1:4. Sanjay's comment feels like validation of that decision.

    I was going to cover the filters by buying a step-up ring to use 77mm, as I already have a $$$ polarizer for a Canon L series, but the other night I nailed a whole pile of 72mm filters at a ridiculous price (like $20 including shipping). Haven't received them yet, maybe that's all they're worth, but we shall see.

    I'm not sure I will do much truly "macro" work, but the regular PS lenses really don't focus in very tight at all. I do have an inexpensive set of close-up lenses, but they can be dubious optically. There are extension tubes, which I seldom see for sale, and when I do they go for a fair chunk of change. Plus all those solutions are pretty fiddly compared with just cranking out a nice smooth helix a bit.

    Thus endeth today's philosophical blather.

    DaveT

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    That explains it all right. I reckon the one for sale for 239 on ebay is the 1:4 PS version but the seller thinks it's the 1:1. I'm obviously giving them the benefit of the doubt here as surely no-one on ebay would try and pull the wool over a buyers eyes would they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughitb View Post
    That explains it all right. I reckon the one for sale for 239 on ebay is the 1:4 PS version but the seller thinks it's the 1:1. I'm obviously giving them the benefit of the doubt here as surely no-one on ebay would try and pull the wool over a buyers eyes would they?
    If we are talking about the same lens (BIN for $239.95), then yes, that's the 1:4 macro although the seller claims it's 1:1. That's how I ended up with my lens - didn't do enough research.

    The 110mm PS 1:1 macro lens has a max aperture of 4.5 and takes 72mm filters (versus a max aperture of 4 and 67mm filters for the 1:4 macro version). You can check KEH's website to get an idea.

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