A-Mount Macro Lens SOS

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  1. Pirate!!

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    Ahoy!

    Darned if I can get my hands on a dedicated 1:1 macro without adapter extension or better (2:1, 3:1 etc).

    Sigma 70-300mm is OK @ 1:2, but at distance.

    Anyone not using their dedicated macro lens can drop me a line. I promise I won't sell it!
     
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    2 options.

    1: Get some extension tubes. Loads go new for £50 on ebay, or you you could get the Aico set from here for £40:

    http://www.mifsuds.com/usedpriceindex.htm

    look under independant fit minolta.

    2: Rent a macro lens from http://www.photostore-uk.com/ You need to become a member first. They should have the 50 2.8, 50 3.5, a selection of 100 2.8s and maybe even the 200 4. I'd go with one of the modern 100s.
     
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    Oh, a 3rd option - buy a close-up adapter. Never looked into these so you'll have to get someone else to do your research I'm afraid :p
     
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    There are always A-mount macro lenses available on ebay. :)
     
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    Agreed, but generally not true macro 1:1 or better, and certainly not in my price range . . hence the question.
     
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    I don't know what your price range is but unless you are lucky you won't get a true 1:1 macro lens in the A mount for much under £150 new or second hand anywhere, they are quickly snapped up on ebay.

    I have to disagree that macro lenses sold on ebay are generally not true 1:1 lenses. The commonly seen Sigma 105mm, Tamron 90mm and Minolta/Sony 100mm lenses along with their 50mm versions are all true 1:1 macro lenses. If you want anything with greater than 1:1 then there is only one choice, the Minolta AF 3x-1x 1.7-2.8 Macro and that is both rare and expensive.
     

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