I don't know what the heck happened that led me to sell my Lester A Dine before together with a matching ring light. I sold it to G_money in forum and he recently sold it again in marketplace. We all sold it perhaps for a different reason.
My LBA goes really in circle and I recently couldn't resist to make up my mistakes before I ended up with a great find in Marketplace from another wonderful member for the Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 macro that is also made from Kiron with serial number starting #22.
As far as I can tell, they are very similar in appearance. The one thing that I like the Vivitar over the Lester A Dine lies in the absence of the dentist instruction on the lens barrel. There were few things that I was not impressed in my first handling with the Lester A Dine and I will re-examine the Vivitar given that I have learned from my mistakes -- all lens has its strong and weak points and even the famous lens has a weak spot and it is up to the user to abuse or use it to its strength. The lester A dine or the vivitar are great for macro use and it should be used as such. If I want a macro lens that can double up handily for portrait and event, I would highly recommend the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 or the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 alternatives. Both will fit the bill of doubling up as portrait and event lens other than its core virtues in macro.
I have been naive in macro photography and I do it all wrong especially in getting close to 1:1 distance without aid of tripod, railing and the essential need of enough lighting such as using an external flash to open up the DOF. As a result of my poor setup, the narrow thin DOF is what drive me the craziest and that is really NOT the problem of the lens but the problems that I encountered mostly come from me and my poor setup. Another noted problem is some purple fringing on high contrast shot when I use it for an event. It is also a mood point as the lens is meant for close up and macro and the long focus throw make it not quite suitable lens for other purposes unless I don't mind the long focus turn in shooting.
I will hopefully report back the 2nd time of ownership with this macro lens
- Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro and Pentax K-x
- Berkeley Botanical Garden
- Missing My Lens With Color
- Lester A Dine 105mm f/2.8 Macro Ring Light Flash
- Difficulty in 1:1 macro with Lester A Dine 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Dental Macro
- Lester A Dine 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Dental Macro purchase
- Pentax A 50mm f/2.8 1:2 Macro -- a regretted lens to sell
- Pentax K 100mm f/4.0 1:2 Macro -- a regretted lens to sell
- Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG 1:1 Macro
- Tamron 90mm f/2.8 1:1 non-Di Macro
- Hin's Camera Gear