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timmypreston
14th June 2012, 02:07 PM
I am seriously considering investing a macro lens Zuiko 35mm (Not 50mm budget restraint)

I am currently using a 70-300mm with an ec14 on my e400 for my macro shots.

How would the shots compare?
How close would you have to get? (don't want to spook insects)
Does it autofocus?
Is it an easy lens to use.

examples of what I am getting

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3433/3798156196_82e7fb26fb.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/3798156196/)
Painted Lady on white Budlia (http://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/3798156196/) by Tim J Preston (http://www.flickr.com/people/33153464@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5128/5793859923_ef89d05275.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/5793859923/)
"Excuse me Sir!" 7 Spot Ladybird (http://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/5793859923/) by Tim J Preston (http://www.flickr.com/people/33153464@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3663/5781032422_b6ec2a8327.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/5781032422/)
Figwort Sawfly Tenthredo scrophulariae (http://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/5781032422/) by Tim J Preston (http://www.flickr.com/people/33153464@N07/), on Flickr

Would this lens be a useful addition and would it help improve my macro work?

Does anyone own both of these who could do a direct comparison perhaps?

Thanks
Tim

Robusto
14th June 2012, 02:26 PM
I got my 35mm yesterday and boy i like it but you can get very close to the action

if you dont want to spook insects i think you are ok with the 70-300 i also have one of those

I took some quick shots of a slug and some snails where i was probably only a couple of inches from the subject

I will try and do a comparison but wont be until mon / tuesday next week as i have a bust weekend at work

Also Yes it does autofocus and its easy to use

timmypreston
14th June 2012, 02:46 PM
Thaks Robusto

Lurcherman
14th June 2012, 03:43 PM
Hi Tim, the 35 is very easy to use, but you will have to get within one inch for max magnifacation, no problem with small still insects. Auto focus good.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthony_nixon/6861799865/in/set-72157606511201982
The 70-300 would be better for butterflies, both great lenses.

Tony

theMusicMan
14th June 2012, 04:43 PM
I agree with what has been said. I had the 35mm macro and loved it, however, for jittery insects - they will fly off before you have a chance to get close enough. Also... very often, macro photography is about being still (minimal dof) and having enough light - to use a flash with the 35mm needs off camera flash as the lens obscures the output of the flash when using it up close. Hence why lenses such as the Sigma 105mm and 150mm macro are more adept at macro because you don't need to be so physically close to your subject.

Having said that, I have had some nice results with the 35mm... it's also a decent portrait lens.

Falk
15th June 2012, 08:27 AM
I do have both lenses and the EC-14 as well. I have used the 70-300 almost exclusively for about two years, because of it's reach and macro capabilities. However, I probably never used it with EC-14 for close-up work and had seldom satisfying results with long shots. I think your results from above are excellent - if taken with EC-14 attached!?

In contrast, I use the 35mm Macro most of the time with the EC-14, to get me a bit more working distance - or for true "microscoping". It will get you close! This might present some new perspectives which the 70-300 doesn't offer. A remote flash is recommended though.

If you can afford it, get it - it is cheap anyways.

Ross the fiddler
15th June 2012, 12:26 PM
[QUOTE=Falk;171644I use the 35mm Macro most of the time with the EC-14, to get me a bit more working distance - or for true "microscoping". It will get you close! This might present some new perspectives which the 70-300 doesn't offer. A remote flash is recommended though.[/QUOTE]

I have found that combination worthwhile too. It will probably get used on my E-M5 more too now as the Sigma 150mm macro lens isn't as easy to use on it.