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knikki
14th August 2008, 05:54 PM
Has anyone used the EX-25 with any of the Olympus Zoom lenses?

Or is a case it is designed soley for the 35 + 50 macro lenses?

j.baker
14th August 2008, 07:22 PM
I have used it with the 50-200mm. Very nice for macro-ish work. Of course a macro lens is far better.

Fluffy
14th August 2008, 08:27 PM
And forget depth of field. On the 50 macro the DOF ranges from 21 or cm to 23 or so cm as best I remember. That's it. But yes it still can be very handy and can often be obtained fairly cheaply.

Steve

Nick Temple-Fry
14th August 2008, 08:41 PM
I have used it with the 50-200mm. Very nice for macro-ish work. Of course a macro lens is far better.

I'd be interested in seeing the results with the 50-200. Have you any you wish to share?

Nick

CaptainD
15th August 2008, 07:10 AM
I also have tried the EX-25 with the 50-200mm lens but I do not have any shots to share as I was only meesing around in my Dads study. I have never tried it in the field but it certainly worked well when testing it on some model aircraaft.

Cheers

Chris *chr

mike_j
15th August 2008, 07:11 AM
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/RR_seed.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/6677)

This was an attempt tp caatch a seed head as it took off from a ragged robin seedhead. Very difficult as the seed takes off quickly and the plant tends to move in the breeze. I wouldn't have got this with my manual focus Tamron macro.

I find 50-200 plus EX-25 is a good combination and gives a decent working distance. for static fully controlled subjects I would choose the Tamron as quality is slightly better.

Jim Ford
15th August 2008, 09:05 PM
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/RR_seed.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/6677)
This was an attempt tp caatch a seed head as it took off from a ragged robin seedhead.

Small point, but this looks like a Rose Bay Willowherb seed head, rather than Ragged Robin!

Jim

Nick Temple-Fry
15th August 2008, 09:54 PM
Very impressive Jim, I'm quite tempted.

Oh Dear - what was the the title of that Beatles song; "while my credit card gently weaps".

Anyone got any other experiences of the ex25 and the 50-200

Nick

Wreckdiver
15th August 2008, 10:51 PM
I recently purchased an EX25 and hadn't got around to using it properly yet, but this thread has just prompted me to have a play. According to the Olympus compatability webpage Compatibilities for the EX-25 (http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/dslr_EX-25_Compatibilities.htm) the 50-200mm lens (original one), when used with the EX25, can only focus manually. Well, with my E-1 and E-3 they will focus in all modes (AF-C, AF-S, AF+MF etc.). The Olympus page must be incorrect then, has a firmware upgrades added the AF function? Both my cameras have the latest firmware.

Has anyone else noticed this?

Steve

Dick Bowman
16th August 2008, 06:47 AM
I think the compatibility guide errs toward the cautious - my recollection is that the combination is happy to autofocus.

art frames
16th August 2008, 08:26 AM
Very impressive Jim, I'm quite tempted.

Oh Dear - what was the the title of that Beatles song; "while my credit card gently weaps".

Anyone got any other experiences of the ex25 and the 50-200

Nick

Nick

This is not the best example just one I could recall. Before I got the sigma 105macro I was using the zuiko 50macro. But working distance was an issue. So this was a green hairstreak up a tree at about 6 feet away (from memory). Looking at the exif it was on the E1 at 800iso so excuse the noise.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/green_hairstreak.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/7599)

But it was a useful half-way step to what I wanted. If the butterfly comes down to 3 feet away you are stuffed! You need to swap to the 50mm macro.

So now I use the 105macro with a 1.4 converter and get a huge range of working distance options very quickly. Just occasionally the magnification on that is too much and you have to back away.

Yesterday I was at the Olympus stand at the birdfair and was playing with a few lens combinations. the 50macro and 2.0 converter works well. As does the 150 f2 and 2.0 converter. But they had no idea if the 150 would work well with the EX25. I have always loved that lens and want to find a reason to get one.

But sadly they were totally unaware of the 100macro on the lens roadmap for this year...But I have emailed them a copy of their own document to find out what I can. The sigma lens is good but I'd be very happy to see a fast olympus telephoto macro.

If you like gossip they did mention a new body to come at photokino positioned between the 520 and E3, apparently. I will watch and see.
After the E3 experience I prefer not to be an early adopter.

If you have any test shots in mind I can try to shoot them for you.

Peter

Nick Temple-Fry
16th August 2008, 08:48 PM
Peter - lovely shot, I'm just idly toying with the idea of the EX25 to extend the capability of the 50-200. Despite the warnings on the Oly specs I'm convinced it should AF OK with the more sensitive E-3.

Not sure if it makes better financial sense to get the ex25 or to save up and get the Sigma 105.

Choices, choices, choices

Nick

CompMac
16th August 2008, 09:16 PM
The EX-25 also works well with the 40-150 f4-5.6 kit lens. Here's one shot I took recently with that combo.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3075/2733090675_4e0ac20e93_o.jpg

art frames
16th August 2008, 10:14 PM
Peter - lovely shot, I'm just idly toying with the idea of the EX25 to extend the capability of the 50-200. Despite the warnings on the Oly specs I'm convinced it should AF OK with the more sensitive E-3.

Not sure if it makes better financial sense to get the ex25 or to save up and get the Sigma 105.

Choices, choices, choices

Nick

Nick

forget the warnings it autofocuses with the 135-400 and 50-200. I tried both this pm for you and ended up with my personal recommendation. Buy both.

this is the 105 and EX25...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/bee5.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/7613)

but for me the 105 and 1.4 TC is still my favourite . Not as good on this one today (I had to use flash and put the ISO up) but all of my recent butterflies are that combo. With sunshine it is unbeatable. But I still need to try the 150mm macro which gets an even higher rating on the butterfly sites.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/bee21.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/7614)

So don't worry - bee happy *yes

On a sunny day I will try and shoot all combinations

Nick Temple-Fry
16th August 2008, 10:58 PM
Thank you Peter and CompMac, you've both posted excellent shots.

Oh dear though, this advice is not going to make my credit card very happy.

Thanks

Nick

mike_j
17th August 2008, 07:35 PM
Small point, but this looks like a Rose Bay Willowherb seed head, rather than Ragged Robin!

Jim

Jim,

You are absolutely right - put it down to a "senior monent", it sounds better than admitting that I am a prat.

mike_j
17th August 2008, 07:42 PM
As an apology for my misnaming of the plant I will try some example shots tomorrow with other lenses- what would you like to see - choice of 14-42, 12-60, 40-150 and 50-200 with a comparison against a Tamron 90mm which is a classic macro.