View Full Version : Ft 35mm macro - anyone got or had one?

5th July 2014, 08:01 AM
I am soon to be getting one of these and know nothing about it - macro is totally new to me.
So, what's it like, how does it compare to the 60mm version and what difference do the extra 25mm make?

Phill D
5th July 2014, 08:34 AM
It's a great little lens and a bargain price for how it performs. Only real drawback as far as I can see is that to get the highest magnifications the focus distance can get very short. Mine also does tend to hunt quite a bit when I use it hand held but then you really should be using a tripod if you are serious about macro. My daughter uses it more than I do now though, she loves it.

5th July 2014, 08:58 AM
Thanks - it sounds like an ideal way into macro though my interest in insects is limited so may need to start thinking about other subjects..

Phill D
5th July 2014, 09:08 AM
That's exactly what it is Steven, enjoy yourself but be careful it's quite addictive.

5th July 2014, 10:18 AM
Hi Steve, I had one before I went Micro four thirds you will find it to be a great little lens.

Here's a selection of pics I took with it. I hope that helps.





5th July 2014, 11:05 AM
Steve, I have one ! but since I got the m4/3rds it seems to be "living with Nicks Oly 4/3 kit, in his den". It is a lens I truly LURVED along with the 50 Zuiko and the Sigma 150 True Bliss for Insects and "blooms" :) and portraits :)

ooh Paul TWO WHORL EYES :eek: in that horse :) and i LURVE those Two Droplets :)

5th July 2014, 11:25 AM
+1 on short distance at high, as in close to 1:1, magnification. I took some shots of a spider in the centre of its web and got so close I ended up with it on the lens filter! Best used in manual focus mode and with a focus rail on the tripod for ultra fine adjustment.

5th July 2014, 05:15 PM
Thanks all for the replies, and Paul - an amazing shot of the horse ! (the rest are pretty wonderful too..)

I have a busy summer working away from home so won't get much chance to use it but am hoping it'll be something I can get into later in the year.
I have to say that since selling my Canon FF and the gear that went with it I am discovering a whole new side to my photography - the widest lens I owned before was a 17mm and the longest was 200mm - I will soon own lenses that cover, in FF terms, from 14mm to 600mm plus a macro. Exciting times ahead !

Harold Gough
4th November 2014, 07:05 PM
I have one. It produces excellent images but the working distance is far too short for insects. It knocks or tips the edges of leaves they are on.

A more suitable subject, lichens:




(second post)


21st November 2014, 09:52 PM
Please not that a macro lens is not essential to macro shots. There are many different options.

This is a 35mm on the front of my E-620 the piece of card shows the focus distance at 1:1

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3806/10143827326_003751cd09_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/gsnLsA)35 mm Macro and milk bottle diffuser (https://flic.kr/p/gsnLsA) by alf.branch (https://www.flickr.com/people/32457074@N07/), on Flickr

Here is the Sigma 105 and again the minimum focus is marked.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5340/10143798956_30ac3f65bb_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/gsnC2s)105 mm and pringle diffuser (https://flic.kr/p/gsnC2s) by alf.branch (https://www.flickr.com/people/32457074@N07/), on Flickr

Here is an E-M1 fitted with a 40-150 f3.5 - 4.5 which has a minimum focus distance of 1.4m and is not much cop for close ups. It is fitted with a Raynox MCR -250 macro converter and again the card shows minimum focus

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3920/15057140275_491dea4b00_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oWxMdP)at 150 mm with raynox (https://flic.kr/p/oWxMdP) by alf.branch (https://www.flickr.com/people/32457074@N07/), on Flickr

here is a shot taken with this set up at 150 mm

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3875/14924577322_66eeb3fb40_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oJQmSE)Hover-fly (https://flic.kr/p/oJQmSE) by alf.branch (https://www.flickr.com/people/32457074@N07/), on Flickr

With all that said if you have the patience and skill and yes you need both in huge amounts great macro shots can be had with the 35 mm. Macro is not easy whatever kit you choose and practice is needed.

21st November 2014, 10:39 PM
The 35mm is a fantastic lens, love mine to bits! Patience is a virtue though and don't give up straight away as result will be varied early on.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2895/14524782619_09d1a1542c_c.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/14524782619/)
Hot Wheels 1971 Mustang Funny Car (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/14524782619/) by Tim J Preston (https://www.flickr.com/people/33153464@N07/), on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2908/14439248605_9f626a7011_c.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/14439248605/)
Hopper Tee Lake 16.06.2014 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/14439248605/) by Tim J Preston (https://www.flickr.com/people/33153464@N07/), on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2865/9731826253_85b86c18dc_c.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/9731826253/)
Helophilus pendulus Hoverfly portrait 12092013 SJ642127 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/9731826253/) by Tim J Preston (https://www.flickr.com/people/33153464@N07/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5521/9669802031_7786a2e8a6_c.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/9669802031/)
Red Admiral Dothill 04092013 closer 3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/9669802031/) by Tim J Preston (https://www.flickr.com/people/33153464@N07/), on Flickr

21st November 2014, 10:42 PM
It can do motorsport too!

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8008/7474530304_0a9d4a2227_c.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/7474530304/)
Loton Park BMW 1M 1/60th (https://www.flickr.com/photos/33153464@N07/7474530304/) by Tim J Preston (https://www.flickr.com/people/33153464@N07/), on Flickr

Wee man
21st November 2014, 10:49 PM
I have one may sell , PM me if interested only used a few times, I also have the Sigma 150mm. Both 4/3 lenses

21st November 2014, 10:50 PM
Have a read through this thread here.


Harold Gough
22nd November 2014, 06:46 AM
Please not that a macro lens is not essential to macro shots. No, but all lenses are optimed for a given magnification. Here is a list of some of my macro lenses: (Bellows or extension rings only) Canon 20mm f3.5 manual (x4-x10) Olympus OM Zuiko 20mm f2 auto optimised for 4.2x – 16x Olympus OM Zuiko 38mm f2.8 auto optimised for 1.7x – 8x Olympus OM Zuiko 80mm f4 auto optimised for 0.5x to 2x (plus supplementaries) Zeiss Mikrotar 20mm f3.2 Apo 0.15 (RMS mount) optimised for 12x –22x Leitz Wetzlar Photar 25mm f2.5 (optimised for 6.3x to 16x or 20x best at x6.6?) Enrico: “you should stop it down up to 2 stops below 5x, 1 stop between 5x and 7.5x and use it fully open at higher magnification if you want the maximum resolution” Leitz Wetzlar Photar 50mm f2.8 (M40 via M42 adapter) optimised for 2.5x ... 10x (x3-x8, optimum x2.9) Leitz Wetzlar Summar 80mm f4.5 Optimised for 0,9x to 7x Being optimised does not mean that very good performance cannot be obtained considerably outside those values. Harold