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Alistair 4th August 2017 07:15 AM

Macro lens
 
I've just bought a new OM-D E-M10 mk2 to replace my hefty Nikon gear. Advice please about getting a macro lens for this - my favourite area to shoot. Is the Zuiko 60mm my only/best option?

Most grateful for replies.

Ian 4th August 2017 08:49 AM

Re: Macro lens
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Alistair (Post 423663)
I've just bought a new OM-D E-M10 mk2 to replace my hefty Nikon gear. Advice please about getting a macro lens for this - my favourite area to shoot. Is the Zuiko 60mm my only/best option?

Most grateful for replies.

Did you have a macro lens for your Nikon gear that you were happy with? If so can you let us know the model and then we can provide comparative characteristics with Olympus and Panasonic options.

The 60mm is an excellent lens. It's equivalent to 120mm in full frame and 80mm in APS-C format and it reproduces life size on the sensor (1:1). Because of the crop factor the subject will seem larger than 1:1 on APS or FF.

Shooting distance is usually the next consideration and I know some here prefer a longer focal length.

Ian

shenstone 4th August 2017 10:03 AM

Re: Macro lens
 
All I can say on this is despite already having two excellent Zuiko e-series Macro lenses (which are excellent and I still use them - OK I use the 50 I can't prize the 35 out of the wife's hands) I have Just (10 minutes ago) purchased the 60 mm micro 4/3 lens myself

The small size is excellent to drop in a pocket, but the killer feature was the in camera focus stacking with the 1mkII

I tried it out on an Oly photo walk recently and even in breezy conditions I got useable shots on flower heads - they are in here and please bear in mind that I had just sat down with the lens a few seconds before and this is my very 1st shot with it

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showpost...8&postcount=15

Regards
Andy

shenstone 4th August 2017 10:05 AM

Re: Macro lens
 
I forgot to mention there is a 35 in the M.Zuiko range as well

https://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/...cro/index.html

Alistair 4th August 2017 10:35 AM

Re: Macro lens
 
I had a Sigma 100mm macro lens with my D700.

Petrochemist 4th August 2017 12:40 PM

Re: Macro lens
 
Unfortunately the Zuiko 60mm macro is outside my price range. :(
I suspect it's probably the easiest option but it certainly isn't the only one.


I've used several adapted macro lenses sometimes via an adapter that has a built in helicoid (allowing extra extension at the twist of a dial).


In addition extension tubes (available with electrical contacts to pass through aperture/AF signals) work well - I use mine with the 45-200 for extra working distance, especially with butterflies.


Another option is the supplementary route, where you're basically adding a magnifying glass in front of the lens. Cheap ones tend to be rather poor quality but a good achromat (such as a Raynox) can give excellent results. (Reversing a spare lens in front of your main lens can work well too).


Using combinations of the above I've managed shots up to ~ 6x life size. :)

RobEW 4th August 2017 08:39 PM

Re: Macro lens
 
the 60mm M43 is great.

For longer focal length, Sigma did 105mm and 150mm (both f/2.8) macro lenses for Four Thirds which can be picked up used from time to time. Never had one but they got good reviews.

Ian 4th August 2017 09:40 PM

Re: Macro lens
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Alistair (Post 423692)
I had a Sigma 100mm macro lens with my D700.

The m.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 is slightly longer in equivalent focal length (120mm) but should be perfect for you.

Ian

alfbranch 3rd September 2017 10:05 PM

Re: Macro lens
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ian (Post 423779)
The m.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 is slightly longer in equivalent focal length (120mm) but should be perfect for you.

Ian

You will need to get closer though with the 60mm to get the same magnification which can be drawback.

The 30mm would be fine for flowers or coins etc as would the panasonic 45mm macro lens.
The 60mm mm f2.8 is a great little lens but the MF is far to slow IMO. I am starting to use mine after owning it for a long time.


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