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    Very nice photos from all! Can't believe I missed this!
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    My adapter arrived today for the gen 3 version..... wow, is it sharp.... but on a downside, they gave up some of the macro abilities in exchange for sharpness in normal operation.

    or maybe I just dont know how to use it yet

    A quickie to check lens operation:

    http://bluegrasscarnivores.com/cultlens/IMG_2968.JPG
    Vivitar Series One 70-210mm generation 3 "Cult lens"

    unless Im doing somethign wrong, min macro focal distance for gen 1 is about 3" whereas the gen 3 is about 30"
    so basically, they gave up macro in gen 3.... but my goodness is she pretty elsewhere
    Last edited by Av8tor1; 03-08-2012 at 12:35 PM.

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    No, the gen 1 has a better macro mode, the optics actually shift around inside. I'd have to look up the specs (I gave you a link to a scan of the manual) but as I recall it gives a better magnification ratio than the later generations.
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    Yeppers,

    Have copies of all 3 pdf files stored on laptop
    The difference in macro minimum focus distance was the big surprise though.... (confirmed by the manuals, so Im using it correctly)
    Around 3 inches for the Gen 1, over 20 something for the Gen 3
    (Macro mode by definition only I think LOL)

    For our use, If i had to choose just one.... it would be gen 1.... what an amazingly versatile lens.
    Having said that, no regrets in buying the G3, man.... is it nice at doing everything else.



    and I do have my lil ol macro lens for when the need arises

    Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro w/ Canon 25mm extension tube.
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    This thread makes me want one. For so cheap, I feel like it's not worth NOT having one, especially since it's obviously extremely versatile. Gotta start lookin' into this... ^.^

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    Back in the 80's lens manufacturers started designing their zoom lenses so the minimum focus was under 1 meter and started etching "Macro" on the focus ring. Technically it should be "Close Focus" not macro because the magnification was seldom equal to or better than 1:2 (0.5x). However "Macro" fits better on the focus ring and sounds better as a sales point.

    So if you're looking for good macro performance skip the zoom "macros" except a couple of the early Vivitar Series 1 zooms.
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