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Old 23rd August 2008
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Question Macro photography

Hi guys I'm looking for some tips on Macro photography. I'm going to use an Olympus 35mm Macro lens with the option to use the 25mm extension tube on an Olympus E520.
For best results when taking photos should I:
use the 35mm lens with the macro setting & autofocus focusing on the camera?
use the 35mm lens with the macro setting & manual focusing on the camera?
use the 35mm lens with aperature setting on the camera?
Or are there some other tips you might have?

Also what views do you have on the Manfrotto 190XPROB low level tripod.

Many thanks in advance for any help given
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Re: Macro photography

In reverse order,

good tripod IMO. I like Manfottos, although in my case I find the NeoTec (don't know the number in Europe) easier for me and solid.

I'd use manual focus and try aperture priority.
I don't know what settings the macro setting defaults to and in macro photography you want as much control as possible.
The 510 and the 35mm macro are a great combo, and so should the 520 and the 35 mm macro be.

Don't try the extension tube until you get some practice. It requires very precise focus and very close to subject distance - generally less than an inch.

The only real drawback with the 35mm macro (underated IMO) is to do real macro you need to get VERY close to the subject. That's fine with inanimate objects, but small living creatures often react with fast movements when you stick a camera literally in their face.

Finally, I've decent success with the 510, 35 macro and FL-36 flash. With care it works most of the time.

Good luck and post whatever you get here. There are some great macro shooters around.

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Old 24th August 2008
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Re: Macro photography

It is a belting lens and very light as well, I soetimes use it as a standard lens, also consider the Sigma 105mm 2.8 which is also a v. good investment

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