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Lens recommendation

Hi there.
I'm looking for some ideas of a suitable macro lens for my E-M5 II.
I have a 12 - 40 1: 2.8 Pro - which I will keep on the camera most of the time. I've just purchased a 40 - 150 1:4-5.6R for those rare occasions I need a bit more reach - and because it was light and cheap.
Now I'm looking for a suitable macro lens as come the summer I like to get in amongst the bugs.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good macro lens, Olympus or otherwise, that doesn't break the bank but that will give good sharp results?

Alternatively, am I likely to get good results with extension tubes and if so, are these all a much of a muchness and if not, what should I be looking for?
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Re: Lens recommendation

The Oly 60mm macro f/2.8 is a great lens (for macro and as a general purpose prime for for portraits), and used copies can be picked up for around 200-250. LCE have one for 260 with their warranty. If that's beyond budget, there is a 30mm f/3.5 but I know little about it.
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Re: Lens recommendation

Thanks for your suggestion Rob.
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Re: Lens recommendation

Can I also add that I've also go a Yaschica 50mm 1:2 (from 80s) with an adapter and a Panasonic Lumix 20mm 1:1.7.
Is any of my kit any good for macro or would a dedicated lens always be better?
Apologies if this extra info comes up elsewhere. I edited my original post and it didn't seem to update at the time.
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Re: Lens recommendation

If you've never dabbled in Macro you could try extension tubes with your existing lenses.


I bought some FOTGA tubes for a few quid and had a try. They have electrical contacts so allow aperture control on motorised lenses autofocus too though that isn't as useful in my experience.
What I learned was I know nothing about macro photography but it was fun to try.


This album has the best results.

https://flic.kr/s/aHskypyDQ2


I'm not recommending this seller but these were the tubes I got.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fotga-Mac...frcectupt=true
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Re: Lens recommendation

What to choose depends on what type of subjects you intend to photograph. For living subjects, such as butterflies, you need a fair working distance, which translates into longer focal length.



I find the Olympus 60mm macro is just adequate for this purpose (120mm equivalent in 35mm terms) and can confirm that it is a superb lens, which I can strongly recommend. The shorter focal length macros are mainly only suitable for flat subjects, such as coins and the like.



The 'cheap' Olympus 40-150mm that you have is also a very good lens, which I often use in the field for initial shots of butterflies, before I find an example that has settled enough to approach with my macro lens.
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Re: Lens recommendation

I have the 30mm Olympus macro lens, I haven't used it much but it seems pretty good. The working distance is short though so not so good for bugs etc - at least not live ones!
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Re: Lens recommendation

You might wish to consider FT macro lenses which you can use with an MMF converter. The Sigma 105 is good but the Sigma 150/2.8 is the bee's knees if you want a longer working distance than the shorter lenses will give.
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Re: Lens recommendation

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You might wish to consider FT macro lenses which you can use with an MMF converter. The Sigma 105 is good but the Sigma 150/2.8 is the bee's knees if you want a longer working distance than the shorter lenses will give.
Yes I agree. The Sigma 150 is great for macro and also a superb general purpose telephoto (so long as you don't min autofocus being a bit slow). The image quality on mine is breathtaking, and f/2.8 at 150 is excellent light gathering (though of course Olympus used to make an f/2 150mm - the "little tuna" - but that was expensive and huge and heavy and not a macro lens).
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Re: Lens recommendation

The Four Thirds 35mm f3.5 macro lens is good and can be had for under 100. You need to factor in a 4/3rds to M43 converter though.

Also the Four Thirds 50mm f2 is superb - when it was tested by dpreview they stated that it was the sharpest lens of its type they'ed ever tested. It's still expensive S.H. though. IIRC Harold Gough uses one.

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Re: Lens recommendation

But, as has been said before, if you want a good macro lens, native to M43 (with no adapters needed) you really can't go wrong with the Olympus 60mm macro lens. It's small, compact ... and really is a cracking lens.
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