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JeanieW 12th January 2019 04:36 PM

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?

RobEW 12th January 2019 05:09 PM

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.

JeanieW 12th January 2019 05:29 PM

Re: Lens recommendation
Thanks for your suggestion Rob.

JeanieW 12th January 2019 05:35 PM

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.

AMc 14th January 2019 02:48 PM

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.


I'm not recommending this seller but these were the tubes I got.

MikeOxon 14th January 2019 04:56 PM

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.

Otto 14th January 2019 05:52 PM

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!

Melaka 14th January 2019 07:00 PM

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.

RobEW 14th January 2019 07:08 PM

Re: Lens recommendation

Originally Posted by Melaka (Post 468195)
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).

Jim Ford 14th January 2019 08:14 PM

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.


Keith-369 14th January 2019 09:23 PM

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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