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Macro with M4/3

With thoughts in mind of acquiring a truly pocketable quality camera for carrying anywhere I cannot find much info on the possibility of macro with M4/3. The only macro accessory available is a close-up attachment which enables you to get as close as 24cm! The Panasonic X 14-42mm (the only real compact zoom lens) already has a close focus of 20cm so how would I improve on this distance? As a contrast the XZ-1 has a close focus of 1cm!

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Re: Macro with M4/3

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With thoughts in mind of acquiring a truly pocketable quality camera for carrying anywhere I cannot find much info on the possibility of macro with M4/3. The only macro accessory available is a close-up attachment which enables you to get as close as 24cm! The Panasonic X 14-42mm (the only real compact zoom lens) already has a close focus of 20cm so how would I improve on this distance? As a contrast the XZ-1 has a close focus of 1cm!

Any ideas?

Most of the time I use a 4/3 macro leno on an adaptor but if you have access to (or can pick up cheap) a legacy lens with manual controls they sit very well on adaptors plus extension tubes. Here is an example of a 20 million year old ant in amber photographed with a Canon 50mm FD lens at f1.8

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Re: Macro with M4/3

Panasonic do a 45mm f2.8 macro lens, or you could search out a legacy macro lens and use an adaptor. I have a lovely Tamron SP90.

Of course, you could resort to good old screw-on close-up lenses.
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Re: Macro with M4/3

I have an Oly 50mm f2 but adding this to a Pen etc. with an adaptor will not allow it to go into a trouser pocket - only the non-zoom or Pana X lenses allow that. I am not to keen on single element close-up lenses but the only doublet close-ups available are not made in the relevant sizes.

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Re: Macro with M4/3

Ah, now I see where you're coming from.

The Panasonic 14mm pancake goes down to 0.18 metre, if that's any use? And the 20mm down to 0.2 metre. But not exactly macro.
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Re: Macro with M4/3



The XZ-1 Super Macro works for me.
Original JPEG, then crop, apart from Ladybird...




















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Re: Macro with M4/3

you can use the 35mm macro 4\3, is perfect and a true macro lens, I use it with the panasonic g10 with nice results
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Re: Macro with M4/3

There is a possibility of adding close up lenses. Several achromatic ones are available in either 49 or 52mm, which would attach to either the 14 0or 20mm pancakes with a stepping ring.
The other one I've been wondering about is a sigma aml-1, which claims to be 46mm.
It's designed for the Sigma DP-1 and attaches to the front of the optional lens hood, which has both a 46mm thread and a bayonet on the front.
I'm not sure whether the aml-1 is threaded at the camera end or bayonet though.

The photo on THIS PAGE make it look like it is threaded. I suspect that "Close UP" would be a better description than "Macro".

Ah, here you go TRY THIS ONE
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