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Rooky007
29th November 2012, 06:16 PM
I rather post in here as I wanted to know how the 60mm macro perform on the OMD and listen to users though on this lens like you guys

I am a macro person I use to own a 100mm f2.8 IS L macro lens one of the net for canon.

So want a good one for the omd.

Also is there such think ring flash for omd like we can get for dslr.

peak4
29th November 2012, 06:27 PM
No experience of the 60mm, though I do have the FT 50mm F2 & 35mm F3.5 macros which will work via an adaptor.

here is a genuine parts Olympus ring flash and also a pair on twin flash heads, all of which will fit the 50mm (via an adaptor).

There are also some 3rd party ring flashes and LED rings which are claimed to work, though I've never tried any of them,.

Jetset95
29th November 2012, 07:02 PM
The 60mm macro is getting amazing reviews, it's laser sharp, great bokeh for f/2.8, weather sealed to go with you OM-D and is solid construction. I'll be getting it when funds allow, and if you look on the Olympus website you'll find out all of this for yourself, including the nifty lens hood which is available for it, and the ring flash you can get...

Jetset95
29th November 2012, 07:04 PM
You can check out this brand new review from Steve Huff - a guy who shoots Leica and the OM-D (because of the quality of the lenses) - nuff said.

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2012/11/28/the-olympus-ed-60mm-f2-8-macro-lens-review-for-micro-43-from-a-guy-who-never-shoots-macro/

brian1208
29th November 2012, 07:24 PM
Rooky, as you probably know I moved from canon (7d & 5Dmk2 with the 100LIS) to the EM-5 with 60mm f2.8 macro for my macro work and I have been both amazed and delighted with the quality of images this combo gives.
It at least matches my best results from the canon set-up with the added bonus that its so much lighter (I do 95%+ of my macro work hand-held)
As for the Macro Flash I've got the Metz 15 MS-1 which is more limited than my old sigma macro flash on the canon (in particular, no option for high speed sync, which I used a lot) but it does the job well enough.
I quite like using the kit flash as a master controller for the Olympus FL600R on a flash bracket for macro work as well as this does give me all the control I want (HSS + manual or TTL ect)

The 60mm is a darned good studio lens and works well for close up birding / landscape work too.

I've put a few examples up here in other threads and there are more images here:

http://imagesfromnature.foliopic.com/gallery/olympus-60mm-f2-8-macro-images-15725

(I initially got a used copy of the Panny 45 f2.8 macro and whilst its a good lens, for me its not up to the quality of the oly 60mm - it has a nice image quality rendering though with a less clinical look than the Oly but this was one of its shortcomings for me as I like the more clinical look for my work)

Jetset95
29th November 2012, 07:51 PM
Ming Thein also has a review on his site (blog.mingthein.com) and he says the same - the Panny Leica is a fine lens, but it's quite old now and this new one from Oly beats it, especially for AF speed.

tomphotofx
29th November 2012, 08:30 PM
Rooky007, Two Words, BUY IT.

If you are serious about close-up/macro it doesn't come better, but then there is much more to this lens. Check the links for more information

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1522/What_lies_beneath_.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/54608)

This is one from an ongoing project I'm doing on, "Things in the Kitchen".

Here are the links from 3 photographers who tested the lens out, well worth reading.

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/09/21/olympus-60-2-8-macro/

http://www.damianmcgillicuddy.com/journal/2012/10/22/the-olympus-60mm-f28.html

http://robinwong.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/olympus-mzuiko-60mm-f28-macro-review.html

Please visit your local store, take your EM-5 and ask if you can demo the lens, you will be amazed at the quality.

Hope this helps you.

All the best.

Tom*chr

Rooky007
29th November 2012, 08:37 PM
Think I am going to buy one tmr as been offered one for 400 :)

Rooky007
29th November 2012, 08:44 PM
Rooky007, Two Words, BUY IT.

If you are serious about close-up/macro it doesn't come better, but then there is much more to this lens. Check the links for more information

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1522/What_lies_beneath_.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/54608)

This is one from an ongoing project I'm doing on, "Things in the Kitchen".

Here are the links from 3 photographers who tested the lens out, well worth reading.

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/09/21/olympus-60-2-8-macro/

http://www.damianmcgillicuddy.com/journal/2012/10/22/the-olympus-60mm-f28.html

http://robinwong.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/olympus-mzuiko-60mm-f28-macro-review.html

Please visit your local store, take your EM-5 and ask if you can demo the lens, you will be amazed at the quality.

Hope this helps you.

All the best.

Tom*chr

That any excellent image and all images your guy showed plus the reveiws it just wow.

I be using it for portraits too as I did do with my Canon 100MM L too.

This lens sounds like a cracker but I have not decided on a flash yet. Some people dont bother with flash but I think it needed isnt it?

brian1208
29th November 2012, 08:54 PM
Think I am going to buy one tmr as been offered one for 400 :)

grab it with both hands and run away before they change their mind :)

Rooky007
29th November 2012, 08:56 PM
grab it with both hands and run away before they change their mind :)

Guess it a good price then. Do I need a hood for it as not sure if I want one but 45 i think?

tomphotofx
29th November 2012, 09:54 PM
Seems a good price to me, I haven't found the need for the lens hood yet, but will probably get one in the near future if only as a help to protect the front of the lens.

All the best.

Tom*chr

Ross the fiddler
29th November 2012, 11:13 PM
I'm loving mine & it is great value for money (especially for our deals in Australia).

Here are some threads that I've posted using this lens.
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=24092
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=24377
And also my posting in this thread.
http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?p=201947#post201947

*chr

brian1208
29th November 2012, 11:23 PM
Do I need a hood for it as not sure if I want one
I got one and its a goodie, stays on the lens permanently and slides up and back like the hood on my 300f4LIS used to.
It does seem expensive for such a small thing but its beautifully engineered and I reckon its well worth the money.

(others may see it differently and prefer to go for a 3rd party equivalent and who am I to say they are wrong ;) )

PeterBirder
29th November 2012, 11:25 PM
It is an excellent lens and I'm having great fun with mine.

This thread has some "bug shots" I took with the E-M5 and 60mm macro.

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=24058

Regards.*chr

brian1208
29th November 2012, 11:27 PM
here's the 60mm in a totally non-macro mode, shot from 3 rows behind the coach driver on a really foul trip back around the M25 a while ago
http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m531/oldcanon/Olympus%2060mm%20macro%20images/theroadtohell.jpg

Ross the fiddler
29th November 2012, 11:34 PM
Do I need a hood for it as not sure if I want one

I got one and its a goodie, stays on the lens permanently and slides up and back like the hood on my 300f4LIS used to.
It does seem expensive for such a small thing but its beautifully engineered and I reckon its well worth the money.

(others may see it differently and prefer to go for a 3rd party equivalent and who am I to say they are wrong ;) )

I haven't been able to get the Olympus hood here (in Australia yet), so I orded a few cheap screw in ones (including the rubber type) & this vented metal one is really quite good as it alloys the focus assist LED light to shine on the subject, plus it is quite solid. It is just a little awkward to remove & refit the lens cap, but that is a small price to pay for its usefulness otherwise. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220896828859&ssPageName=ADME:L:OU:AU:3160

OM USer
30th November 2012, 12:06 AM
...a really foul trip back around the M25 a while ago


Looks quite normal to me.

brian1208
30th November 2012, 08:37 AM
Looks quite normal to me.

yes, but now I live down here in Dorset I tend to forget ;)

Alpha1
30th November 2012, 09:29 AM
......and there was me thinking that you are a 'Darset' man born and bred! :D

StephenL
30th November 2012, 09:57 AM
Got one this week but no chance to use it yet. Paid 399 from SRS via Ebay. (including postage)

Rooky007
30th November 2012, 10:31 AM
Got one this week but no chance to use it yet. Paid 399 from SRS via Ebay. (including postage)

That good price can't haggle over a pound as I can pick up today :)

Ross the fiddler
30th November 2012, 11:05 AM
Got one this week but no chance to use it yet. Paid 399 from SRS via Ebay. (including postage)

You're not going to like it when I tell you mine only cost A$426 after cash back (considering the exchange rate). I couldn't believe it myself that they would offer the cash back on the new lens (till the end of January 2013), but I'm a happy chappy. It's a great lens for a reasonable price!

brian1208
30th November 2012, 11:19 AM
......and there was me thinking that you are a 'Darset' man born and bred! :D

Nope - a Kentish Man me but I've tended to move around the country with my work, came back "darn sarf" when I retired (after 24 years living in Chester)

brian1208
30th November 2012, 11:20 AM
Oh do shut up you lot - I paid full price for mine! :mad:


*chr

Rooky007
30th November 2012, 12:42 PM
How's this compare to 45mm for portraits

Jim Ford
30th November 2012, 01:12 PM
Nope - a Kentish Man me

So you would be from 'Kentish Town' rather than from Kent? If you were from Kent you would be a 'Man o' Kent'!

Jim

OlyPaul
30th November 2012, 01:18 PM
Think I am going to buy one tmr as been offered one for 400 :)

I hope that is new as SRS are selling them new for 399. :)

Rooky007
30th November 2012, 01:29 PM
I hope that is new as SRS are selling them new for 399. :)

Yes it brand new it where I get all my camera gears always get good prices for uk stock.

I got my omd with kit lens and the 40-150 all uk stock for 1200

Returning customers get good deals :)

brian1208
30th November 2012, 02:09 PM
If you were from Kent you would be a 'Man o' Kent'!

Depends on which side of the Medway you come from - anyone born to the West of the Medway is a "Kentish Man" (or Woman, of course) and to the East you become a "Man of Kent".

As I come from the Kent / Sussex borders that makes me A Man of Kent (and proud of it, 'tothers are more or less from Essex! :p )

Rooky, to answer your question re: 60mm vs 45mm for macro, assuming you mean the two Oly versions, in my view they are comparable except for the focal length.

Both need to be handled with care if shooting woman or children as they can be a bit cruel because of the extreme sharpess / amount of detail resolved

Rooky007
30th November 2012, 02:31 PM
I've already got the 45mm. If the 60mm no better I Prob leave it till next year as too cold for instect macro now.

Rooky007
30th November 2012, 02:32 PM
I meant the 45mm 1.8 lens not macro

brian1208
30th November 2012, 03:31 PM
I've already got the 45mm. If the 60mm no better I Prob leave it till next year as too cold for instect macro now.

seems sensible to me, I only buy kit when I need it (being a pensioner makes me a little more careful these days :) )

Something to look forward to in the Spring maybe

Rooky007
30th November 2012, 04:38 PM
Just worried price goes up. But better if drops ha ha

Ross the fiddler
30th November 2012, 09:06 PM
I've already got the 45mm. If the 60mm no better I Prob leave it till next year as too cold for instect macro now.

Apart from being great for macro, it is also wearther proof! That to me is better to start with.

Rooky007
30th November 2012, 09:08 PM
Apart from being great for macro, it is also wearther proof! That to me is better to start with.

But image quality for Portraits and other things how does the 45mm 1.8 the free lens we got compare to the 60mm macro.

As I dont think I be doing much macro till next year but who knows the 400 for brand new one in box waiting for me and may get a filter thrown in is tempting

Ross the fiddler
30th November 2012, 09:24 PM
But image quality for Portraits and other things how does the 45mm 1.8 the free lens we got compare to the 60mm macro.

As I dont think I be doing much macro till next year but who knows the 400 for brand new one in box waiting for me and may get a filter thrown in is tempting

Since macro was my main interest I got the 60mm macro, now we have our first grandchild. I have enough for that purpose with the 12-50 lens as well as the 14-54 on the E30 (but with flash indoors). If it's widest aperture you're after, then the 45 would be a natural choice at a very good price.