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4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

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  • #2
    Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

    Is you interest in macro?

    If not there may be better lenses out there.
    OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

    I nice view does not mean a good photograph. My FLickr

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      • #4
        Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

        The 35mm macro is a good macro lens. I've got one that I used until I bought the 50mm macro. The 50mm is the better lens, but a lot dearer. Some people say that for macro, the working distance of the 35mm makes lighting difficult, because of the closeness of the lens to the subject.

        Jim

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        • #5
          Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

          There are not many prfoessionals on this site so you are good company.

          Macro is not easy and a Zuiko 35mm f3.5 is not an easy lens to use IMO. It is better suited to work on a tripod with static subjects. Lighting is the key to good photography.
          For live insect sbjects I would recomemnd a Sigma 105 f2.8 and it is my preffered lens.
          http://www.ffordes.com/product/17113011352681

          An examploe of some the shots you have taken may help us to pint you in the right direction. It depends on what sort of subject you are shooting as to which lens suits best.

          For portraits on a meagre budget think about a 14-54
          http://www.ffordes.com/product/16050416301081

          Or for more money the 12-60mm
          www.ffordes.com/category/Lenses/4/3rds

          or on a real budget the 14-42
          http://www.ffordes.com/product/17021611410581
          OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

          I nice view does not mean a good photograph. My FLickr

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          • #6
            Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

            12-60 SWD is a superb lens for its (used) price, and very versatile. It would complement the 40-150 nicely. If you specifically want to do macro (which is - as has been said - quite a difficult area, especially for outdoor moving subjects such as insects) then I agree that working distance and lighting are critical, so the 50mm or Sigma 105 or even Sigma 150 may be better than 35mm. and if budget permis, maybe a Metz ring flash or a hot-shoe mounted flash with some clever diffuser.

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            • #7
              Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

              A ringflssh is not the best for macro really and much cheaper options can work very well.


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              OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

              I nice view does not mean a good photograph. My FLickr

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              • #8
                Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

                Originally posted by alfbranch View Post
                A ringflssh is not the best for macro really and much cheaper options can work very well.
                The Metz is not really a true ringflash. It uses two separate flash tubes behind a ring shaped diffuser. I have one - it works well.

                Jim

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                • #9
                  Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

                  Originally posted by alfbranch View Post
                  For portraits on a meagre budget think about a 14-54
                  http://www.ffordes.com/product/16050416301081

                  Or for more money the 12-60mm
                  www.ffordes.com/category/Lenses/4/3rds

                  or on a real budget the 14-42
                  http://www.ffordes.com/product/17021611410581


                  Those lenses look a little on the short side for portraits, though they are fine at their longer ends. A basic 50mm prime would be a better option IMO. Gets you to the recommended sort of focal length to get flattering perspective & allows wider apertures if required without breaking the bank. IQ for them is normally pretty good too!
                  Mike
                  Compulsive photographic Dabbler.
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                  • #10
                    Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

                    Originally posted by Petrochemist View Post
                    Those lenses look a little on the short side for portraits, though they are fine at their longer ends. A basic 50mm prime would be a better option IMO. Gets you to the recommended sort of focal length to get flattering perspective & allows wider apertures if required without breaking the bank. IQ for them is normally pretty good too!
                    I agree. The Zuiko 50mm F2.0 macro is a great lens, but is far more expensive.

                    Jim

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                    • #11
                      Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

                      Originally posted by Jim Ford View Post
                      I agree. The Zuiko 50mm F2.0 macro is a great lens, but is far more expensive.

                      Jim
                      That's a 50mm MACRO not a basic 50. It's also unusually fast for a macro lens, most 50mm macros are F/4.
                      A basic 50 will typically focus to just over a foot, being able to get closer than usually wanted for portraits, but not to macro without additional aid.
                      The OP wasn't specific about how much closer their closer compositions are.


                      I guess a basic 50mm may not be that different than the OP's existing lens other than giving faster apertures. Adding a simple extension tube set might be more useful for their 'closer compositions.' The effect of extension varies with focal length at 150mm the longest point of focus with a short extension probably overlaps with the focus range without a tube. Down at the 40mm end it will probably get into the true macro range.
                      Mike
                      Compulsive photographic Dabbler.
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                      • #12
                        Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

                        If the 35mm lens is cheap enough then go for it. It is difficult with lighting for 1:1 macro, especially since the front element moves for focussing, which means it is fully extended for maximum magnification with a fairly short working distance (from the front of the lens), however it can be nice for distances a little further away, although it is slow to focus & audible as it does. The last time my daughter used it (on my E30 with tripod) was for story boarding on a whiteboard, doing hand sketches. If you don't already have a 14-42 lens then that would be worthwhile if cheap enough, but if the budget can be extended then the 14-54 f2.8-3.5 would be a very good lens & it focusses close. Obviously, the 12-60 f2.8-4.0 SWD lens is nice but would cost more.
                        Ross
                        I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
                        Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
                        Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
                        Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
                        Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
                        Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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                        • #13
                          Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

                          Originally posted by Petrochemist View Post
                          Those lenses look a little on the short side for portraits, though they are fine at their longer ends. A basic 50mm prime would be a better option IMO. Gets you to the recommended sort of focal length to get flattering perspective & allows wider apertures if required without breaking the bank. IQ for them is normally pretty good too!
                          Those lenses all exceed the focal length suggested by the OP and complement the lens already owned. Two of them exceed the 50mm you suggest.
                          OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

                          I nice view does not mean a good photograph. My FLickr

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                          • #14
                            Re: 4/3 35mm Macro lens purchase.

                            Originally posted by Petrochemist View Post
                            Adding a simple extension tube set might be more useful for their 'closer compositions.' The effect of extension varies with focal length at 150mm the longest point of focus with a short extension probably overlaps with the focus range without a tube. Down at the 40mm end it will probably get into the true macro range.
                            I've got an Oly EX25 extension tube, but never use it. Sods Law dictates that when you fit one, a once in a lifetime shot will appear - but outside the range of the lens+tube maximum focusing distance. By the time you've taken the tube off the shot will have gone!

                            Jim

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