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7th July 2014, 10:36 AM

Can someone please tell me which is the good lens or extension to take macro shots with EPL5?

I was going through amazon and found this. Are these good? :confused:

Amazon.com : Fotasy AMME Auto Focus Marco Extension Tube 10mm 16mm 26mm for Olympus Panasonic Micro 4/3 MFT Mount Cameras : Compact System Camera Lenses : Camera & Photo@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41oKJvwTgPL.@@AMEPARAM@@41oKJvwTgPL

7th July 2014, 10:46 AM
I can't speak for those, they look good though. But Olympus has the 60mm Macro that is an excellent m4/3 lens, and the 35mm Macro for 4/3 so you will need the adapter. The 35mm does not focus fast on m4/3, but not an issue for macro work, and it is affordable, even with the adapter. Also there is the 4/3 50mm macro I hear is excellent too.

7th July 2014, 10:53 AM
60mm is around 500 usd and its not a fast lens as well for that price :(

there is this one as well but its not found on amazon - 4x MACRO Conversion Lens for Olympus PEN E-PL5

one more I found on amazon - with no reviews
Amazon.com : 2.2x Telephoto and 0.43X Wide Angle High Definition w/ Macro Portion Conversion Lenses for OLYMPUS PEN E-PM1, E-PM2, E-PL1, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-PL5, E-P5, E-PL5, E-P1, E-P2, E-P3, OM-D E-M5, E-M1, Micro 4/3 Cameras : Camera & Photo@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41DzND1gXqL.@@AMEPARAM@@41DzND1gXqL

this one - Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro Snap-On Lens is available on amazon but I think an adapter is required...
Amazon.com : Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro Snap-On Lens : Camera Lenses : Camera & Photo@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41V1inRMfBL.@@AMEPARAM@@41V1inRMfBL

7th July 2014, 12:21 PM
F2.8 not fast? F4 is not fast to me. F2.8 isn't lightening fast but it is pretty good. For macro, and I have done this and am still struggling, you will be stopping down and on a tripod or supported somehow. The depth of field is really narrow at wide open. I would suggest lighting the subject somehow too. Maybe the Macro arm lights? I hope other more experienced member weigh in here because this is not a strong subject of mine. For Macro I mainly like to catch snow and frost crystals, so I get a chance once a year for macro.

7th July 2014, 12:53 PM
The extension tubes look rather like the one I bought. They are pretty good at the job. Just remember that they limit maximum focus distance.

7th July 2014, 01:54 PM
The 12-50mm m4/3 lens has a built in macro facility that works very nicely, but has a maximum aperture of f6, very slow by the standards applied above.
I have a similar set of extension tubes to the ones in the first post and these work well.

7th July 2014, 07:09 PM
well, i'm interested in taking snapshots of small insects and plants, and some close shots of things....
will the lens that I posted will be useful for that using my kit-lens or do I've to go with something else..

7th July 2014, 07:11 PM
Best thing to do is as previously suggested - find out the limitations of your existing lens by trying these things, and then decide what you need.

7th July 2014, 07:55 PM
I can recommend the Raynox, they do 2 the larger is a little to powerful hence I don't use it as much as I should for a slip in the bag lens, As you say the Olympus 60mm is excellent & use it quite a lot, however being a big guy even find this lens at 120mm FF as little close & I have the Tamron 90mm f2.5 Adaptall which you can find 2nd hand quite cheap. As I tend to do most of my macro work manual focus don't find this lens a problem & is really good for focus stacking using focus peaking.

Couple of example using the 90mm, the flower is 15 stacked images. although done on the OM-D you can do focus stacking on the EPL5 I believe using on of the art filters.. Tend to do macro on the tripod & use live view