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2 hours ago, nicci78 said:

APO-Macro-TL 60 is made for macro and portrait 

APO-TL 55-135 is made for long distance shot and portrait.

Just choose your weapon wisely. But you do not need both. Really, I’ve done it before. Too much overlap. And TL 60 is way more useful : better build, real macro 1:1 and faster aperture. Of course I cannot get the 135mm (200mm) reach  

 

For more comparison from sensor 

TL 60 has 1:1 magnification at 16 cm distance with smallest object of 16 mm. 

TL 55-135 has 1:8 magnification at 100 cm distance with smallest object of 125 mm

100 cm minimum focusing distance at all focal length can be a real problem indoor. 

It is possible to focus the TL55-135 closer than one metre IF you fine-tune focus manually. Try it.

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I use an old Elpro 3 on mine when I need to get a bit closer, it works very well for things like Butterflies or Flowers etc.

They can be found quite cheap on ebay, you will need a step up ring to use it 55-60mm

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3 hours ago, Dave in Wales said:

Thanks nicci78 :)

You’re welcome. 

They are all from beautiful Île de Ré in France 

APO-Macro 60 did not make the trip. I shoot the island with TL 11-23 and TL 55-135. Most used lens was 55-135. 

I did not keep the 11-23 also. Because somehow I found it in competition with the Q. I decided that I did not need wider than 28mm. But I do need the fast Summilux-Q

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4 hours ago, nicci78 said:

This is the closest « macro » shot you can do with TL 55-135mm.

With APO-Macro-TL 60mm you will get the tiny flower fully magnified. 

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If you found 70cm minimum focusing distance of M lenses annoying, 100 cm of 55-135 will be even more annoying. 

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2 photos taken with/without the elpro 3, MF, minimum focus distance, granted it's not 1:1 macro but it's certainly close enough for me.

 

 

 

 

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18 minutes ago, Marac said:

2 photos taken with/without the elpro 3, MF, minimum focus distance, granted it's not 1:1 macro but it's certainly close enough for me.

 

 

 

 

Thank very much, most helpful. 

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I'd like to learn more about the elpro filters for these lenses. Old ones and new. Macro is new to me. 

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On 4/27/2019 at 10:43 PM, Jake said:

I'd like to learn more about the elpro filters for these lenses. Old ones and new. Macro is new to me. 

Macro, is theoretically 1:1 and above. But if you want to give close-up a try you could do far worse than a Raynox close-up lens. From experience I would recommend the DCR-150, the 250 I find not very user friendly.

https://www.amazon.com/Raynox-DCR-150-Snap-On-Macro-Lens/dp/B0007KS7D0

 https://www.closeuphotography.com/raynox/2017/6/3/raynox-close-up-lenses

 

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Dave in Wales.  Thank you very much for your review of the Raynox system.. absolutely terrific!

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27 minutes ago, RickP said:

Dave in Wales.  Thank you very much for your review of the Raynox system.. absolutely terrific!

Sorry to dissoulusion you Rick, but it's not 'my' review.

I have used them before with excellent results, in fact I've just ordered another 150 for myself.

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