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Macro lens recommendations

Since I have nearly sold my Canon kit I need a top quality macro lens for my EM-1 MKII. I will use it for watch photography and recording watch repairs but I have no idea of the quality of the M43 macro lenses. I previously used the Canon 100mm F2.8L on a full frame EOS 5D MkII so I would like to keep that focal length (50mm on M43) or as near to as possible. However image quality is paramount.

Any suggestions will be greatfully received.
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Re: Macro lens recommendations

The Oly 60mm f/2.8 Macro gets good reviews, is fairly compact, works with the whizzy features like focus stacking, and is of roughly similar angle of view to your Canon 100mm:

https://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/...2_8/index.html

I don't have heavyweight experience with it but we have plenty of macro shooters here who can weigh in with good info.

Hope this helps ... John
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Re: Macro lens recommendations

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Since I have nearly sold my Canon kit I need a top quality macro lens for my EM-1 MKII. I will use it for watch photography and recording watch repairs but I have no idea of the quality of the M43 macro lenses. I previously used the Canon 100mm F2.8L on a full frame EOS 5D MkII so I would like to keep that focal length (50mm on M43) or as near to as possible. However image quality is paramount.

Any suggestions will be greatfully received.

To keep that focal length you need a 100mm macro. I think you mean keep that field of view.


The Olympus 60mm macro is a great lens with close to the FOV your used to. Personally I prefer longer focal lengths to maximize working distance so will tend to use an adapted 90 or 100mm macro even MFT, and for those occasions where more working distance still is wanted will perhaps soon employ either my newly acquired F mount 180mm macro or my Tamron (54B) 300mm telemacro - neither actually reach life size though.
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To keep that focal length you need a 100mm macro. I think you mean keep that field of view.
Yes I should have typed "field of view". Thanks.

Thanks to both responders. The Olympus 60mm is certainly an option and it is reasonably priced. Could anyone vouch for the image quality? My macro shots are for pro use.
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Re: Macro lens recommendations

Frank Ruckert on facebook seems to use the 60mm quite a lot here's a link to some of his stuff. http://pen3.de/fotogallerie/makro/
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Re: Macro lens recommendations

The 60mm I have produces excellent Image Quality.
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Re: Macro lens recommendations

How about the 4/3rds 50mm F2 macro, with a converter?

When it was reviewed in 2008, dpreview stated:

"the 50mm F2.0 macro ranks alongside the likes of the Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD as one of the finest lenses of its type currently available from any manufacturer."

Full review here:
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympus-50-2-o20/4

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Re: Macro lens recommendations

My advice is to go with a 4/3 Sigma 105 f2.8 and an adapter.

Though I woulkd ask what you were shooting btw?
Are you stacking shots or shooting on tripod in a studio?
Are you shooting handheld shot of insects in a field?

Answering these questions woulde help but as a pro I would expect you to know that.
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Re: Macro lens recommendations

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My advice is to go with a 4/3 Sigma 105 f2.8 and an adapter.
The 105mm Sigma is a good lens (I had one), but the 150mm is better (I've got one). I don't think either are up to the standard of the 50mm Zuiko.

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The 105mm Sigma is a good lens (I had one), but the 150mm is better (I've got one). I don't think either are up to the standard of the 50mm Zuiko.

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Re: Macro lens recommendations

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The 105mm Sigma is a good lens (I had one), but the 150mm is better (I've got one). I don't think either are up to the standard of the 50mm Zuiko.

Jim
If anyone is interested in a 105mm, CEX have one in stock at the moment. (220)
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Re: Macro lens recommendations

Just a thought - Ian, who set the forum up and runs it, offers a rental service for lots of Olympus kit. There is a link in the banner at the top of the page. I just checked the list and the 60mm macro is included.

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Re: Macro lens recommendations

Thanks to all for your ideas and suggestions. I have not yet made up my mind but I will report back in due course.
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Re: Macro lens recommendations

Both the M43 60mm f/2.8 and the FT 50mm f/2 are excellent lenses. Only the former supports focus stacking. The Sigma (FT) 150 f/2.8 is also excellent and gives better working distance if your subjects are live and could be scared away. I have no experience of the Sigma 105mm. Only the 60mm has the sort of instant auto-focussing you expect from M43, but for macro you may prefer MF anyway. The 50mm & 150mm work with EX25 extension tube and also with EC-14 or EC-20 teleconverters.

You can add Raynox lens-front magnifiers to the 50mm or 60mm but not the Sigma whose front element is too large.

I believe one of the M43 Pro zooms may have close focussing ability but I've never owned them.
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Re: Macro lens recommendations

The FT Sigma 150/2.8 macro is also an excellent lens if you want a long working distance. It's now the only FT lens I have since switching to MFT.
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