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19th January 2012, 05:38 PM
A colleague of mine has just bought an E-PL3 camera (twin lens kit set) and now wants some advice for a good M43 macro lens.
She hasn't got the four thirds to M43 adapter, so can anyone her recommend decent macro lens (max 350 approx).
Any hints appreciated

19th January 2012, 05:51 PM
MMF-2 and Zuiko 35mm Macro (4/3) should cost around 350.

20th January 2012, 05:30 PM
:)Thank you for your suggestion, I have actually just offered her to borrow mu 35 mm macro and mmf-2 adapter.
I wonder if any of the medium price ranged M43 zoom lenses are useful for macro ?
To be honest I have no experience with oher M43 lenses than the 17 mm pan-cake, 14-42 and 40-150 kit lenses.
I am going to buy the 45 mm 1.8 soon but this is not suitable for macro as far as I know

20th January 2012, 05:34 PM
Both 40-150mm and 14-42mm lenses are good for close-ups (especially the latter) due to their min. focus distance but they cannot produce real macro magnifications.

So you really need a true macro lens for more serious work.
As far as I know, the Zuiko 35mm is the only affordable true MACRO lens (1:1 which translates into 2:1 magnification due to the 2x crop of the 4/3 sensor size).

Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 is definitely not suitable for macro work.

I used to own Zuiko 35mm MACRO and it worked pretty well on my E-P1 with the MMF-2 adapter.
But then I purchased the Zuiko 50mm f/2 MACRO (1:2 instead of 1:1 unfortunately) since I preferred its superior optics for portraits and low-light conditions.

23rd January 2012, 10:02 AM
Thank you very much for your suggestions,
I will pass on your advice this evening as we are having our monthly meeting in IBM Photoclub.
Actually I have the 35 mm and mmf2 adapter but I haven't had the opporunity to test it on my E-P3

On the other hand I was much pleased with the 40-150 mm especially when using a FL-36R flash in remote mode
What do you think about this lens?

As a side note:
Here is the entries for the 'Face' competition in IBM Photoclub.
The Winners are announced this evening, if you want to spot my contributions:
I am (yet) the only Olympus shooter :(