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Zhongyi (Mitakon) Super Macro Lens (1 - 5x)
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dhmiller



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I saw his review(s)... Not super strong. Maybe I'll just look for a 2x objective...
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Ultima_Gaina



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dhmiller wrote:
Thanks, I saw his review(s)... Not super strong. Maybe I'll just look for a 2x objective...


The working distance of this one is huuuge! The laws of physics dictate that there must be a compromise somewhere to compensate for this advantage.
Anyway, as I said, the quality is not too bad.
But again, as seen on my test, for magnifications of 4x or more, microscope objectives are the way to go, if IQ takes precedence over flexibility.
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dhmiller



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makes sense. I have a 1x and the Laowa at 2.5 and was just looking for something in between. So maybe a 2x objective is what I really need.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Objectives in that mag range are hampered by their need to be parfocal with higher mag objectives, so tend to be expensive and also not that great vs other options. Probably worth sorting through one of the shootoffs in this price range to see if there's an enlarger or industrial lens that would give better results for your buck.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dhmiller wrote:
Thanks, I saw his review(s)... Not super strong. Maybe I'll just look for a 2x objective...


Indeed. There may well be circumstances in which the lens is very useful, if you need long working distances and are able to control the light carefully. The fact that this brand released such a bad version 1 lens doesn't inspire confidence.

For 2x the Tominon 35/4.5 and Canon MP 35/2.8 may be decent options.
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dhmiller



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Dick. (Nikon guy). I'll have a look. My 1:1 Sigma with the D850 probably gives me a decent alternative in some cases.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canon MP 35/2.8 is a bellows lens and doesn't care what camera you have. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok - don't know those models, but will give it a look. Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good reference for 2X.

https://www.closeuphotography.com/2x-lens-test-2018

https://www.closeuphotography.com/2x-lens-test

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dhmiller



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Mike, Should have known that would be there. ;-)
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