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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Smile What is the best macro lens set-up ?

Is it the 50mm with EX-25 or the 35mm on its own or the sigma 105mm or something else
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Re: What is the best macro lens set-up ?

I think this is going to come down to magnification and working distance. I know the 50mm will get down to about 35mm fov horizontal without the extension tube. The working distance is rather short however, not really suitable for small wildlife.

I suspect the 35mm has more magnification, can't comment on the Sigma.

However, when its not used in macro the 50mm is an astonishingly sharp lens for other purposes, which is also a consideration.

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Re: What is the best macro lens set-up ?

I have the 50mm and it certainly works well as both a macro and 50mm f2 general purpose lens, couple it with the EC-20 and you get a 100mm f4 macro lens. A longer reach macro is preferable to a shorter reach one as you are able to be further from your subject giving better DOF for a given aperture and you are not blocking the natural light by being so close. With that reasoning the 105mm or 150mm Sigma macros appear to be the best option BUT the 50mm becomes a 100mm with an EC-20 and can be used as a 50mm too, a dual purpose lens.

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Re: What is the best macro lens set-up ?

There is a planned 100mm telephoto macro lens expected from Olympus sometime "after 2009" Lens roadmap

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Re: What is the best macro lens set-up ?

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However, when its not used in macro the 50mm is an astonishingly sharp lens for other purposes, which is also a consideration
I already own the 50mm f2 lens & agree that it is an exceptional bit of glass, but I guess I am trying to find out how to get maximum magnification for macro work
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Re: What is the best macro lens set-up ?

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I have the 50mm and it certainly works well as both a macro and 50mm f2 general purpose lens, couple it with the EC-20 and you get a 100mm f4 macro lens. A longer reach macro is preferable to a shorter reach one as you are able to be further from your subject giving better DOF for a given aperture and you are not blocking the natural light by being so close. With that reasoning the 105mm or 150mm Sigma macros appear to be the best option BUT the 50mm becomes a 100mm with an EC-20 and can be used as a 50mm too, a dual purpose lens.

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Yes, this is another option I had thought of, buying a EC-20, the only thing that puts me off is that I have had alot of people telling me it will cut down the image quality, however I don`t think any of the people who have told me that actually own one or even have first hand experience of one, so to hear that it DOES work from someone who actually owns & uses one is quite interesting
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Re: What is the best macro lens set-up ?

I've got the 35mm macro and find it very good as both a macro lens and quite a sharp non macro lens although the auto focus can hunt a fair bit when used as a standard lens, it also has to be very close to the subject to get it's full 1:1 magnification.

I also have some legacy m42 bellows and lenses which can provide very good magnification but are a pain to light the subject well.
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Re: What is the best macro lens set-up ?

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There is a planned 100mm telephoto macro lens expected from Olympus sometime "after 2009" Lens roadmap

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Thanks for the info, I can`t help thinking though that this lens is going to have one hell of a price tag, but I hope I am wrong
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Re: What is the best macro lens set-up ?

For MAX magnification I use the OM Bellows. I use the 80mm bellows lens for most things but have used a 24mm to get in super close (touching the filter)

For all other things I too find the 50mm f/2 to be the best.
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Here's a couple taken with the 50mm + EC-20



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Thanks for the info, I can`t help thinking though that this lens is going to have one hell of a price tag, but I hope I am wrong
That's what I had thought also if it has a maximum aperture of f/2.0. The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 sells for around 379. We will have to see what Oly comes up with but could be worth hanging on a bit if you can wait.

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Re: What is the best macro lens set-up ?

Don't ignore the 70-300. It covers just 36mm (same as the 50mm) at maximum magnification. You will need a good tripod, preferably with some support for the lens itself, but the results can be surprisingly good and there is no problem with lens to subject distance.

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Here's a couple taken with the 50mm + EC-20
Thanks for taking the time to post some examples, they are very impressive & very helpful
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Re: What is the best macro lens set-up ?

Just to 'muddy' the waters a little

I have both the Sigma 150mm lens and the 50mm f2 macro and I use both of them a lot.

I love my Sigma 150mm dearly - it's a cracker of a lens which allows me to take photos of critters (like butterflies etc.) that I would not be able to approach with the 50mm lens - like so:



I also love my 50mm macro - it's a stunning bit of glass (as Zuiko glass often is) and produces top quality images - Like so:



And as has also been said it doubles as a good 'standard' lens too.

I'm very lucky that I also have the option of using either the EC-14 or EC-20 with either lens to increase the capability of both lenses.

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Re: What is the best macro lens set-up ?

That is a superb photo of the bee Thea.

Love it,

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