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35mm Macro

Saw this leaf on our patio table after a shower of rain so I thought I'd see what the 35mm macro could do in natural light. First just slightly tweaked highlights and shadows in picasa and a very slight crop. The second is a more substantial crop. The lens seems to work fine hand held but boy is it annoying the way it changes the field of view and moves in and out as you go in to close focus. Anyone know if the 50mm macro does the same?



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Re: 35mm Macro

Super detail.
Not sure what you mean by changing the field of view but the 50mm can hunt around a little for focus, not found it a major problem though.
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Re: 35mm Macro

Thanks Sponner, I didn't have to sharpen anything in pp either so I was pleased how it came out. The insects I took on the same day are another matter - they were rubbish . The lens seems to hunt for focus and change the magnification at the same time? When you are very close the large movements of the front element are a bit disconcerting. Maybe it was me hand holding it and confusing the af?
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Re: 35mm Macro

do you mean change the magnification of the live view?
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Re: 35mm Macro

Good shots. I don't have that particular lens but have you tried setting to manual focus and just moving the camera to get the spot you want in focus?
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Phill - I have this lens, and I do as Paul suggested. I get a "rough focus point" with MF and then move the camera. Seems to work well once you get the feel for it.
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Re: 35mm Macro

Phill - whenever you find out how this photography lark works we might see some better stuff of you.......lol

Brilliant macro shots...love those droplets.

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Re: 35mm Macro

Super shots but I think I know what you mean by "goes in and out when you move to close focus". The 50mm does the same, it doesn't have internal focusing so it extends significantly when you move closer to the subject which does lengthen the AF time. Manually pre-focusing helps here but it is a pain - especially on the E-M5 and I sold mine to make room for either the Leica 45mm or promised Olympus 60mm macro.

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Re: 35mm Macro

I wondered if it was the auto zoom in live view when the manual focus moves, had me confused for a while the other day
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Re: 35mm Macro

Thanks for the encouragement everyone...esp Keith yep I'll get the hang of it one day.
David was right in what I was trying to describe and it's a pain in AF. MF sounds like the way to go and focus by moving the camera .I'll give it a go.
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Re: 35mm Macro

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I didn't have to sharpen anything in pp either so I was pleased how it came out.
Except for the most trivial output eg postcard sized 'snapshots', most if not all images will benefit from sharpening, either 'invisibly' in the camera or pp. It's inherent in the capture of digital images.

Sharpening seems to me the least understood of digital image capture by far, and there are a lot of misconceptions.

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Re: 35mm Macro

Forgot to say when doing close ups with the 105 I mostly do a 1/2 press to get the focus somewhere near and hold it while doing a micro adjustment by moving in or out to get what I want in focus.
A lot of the time it's with Damsels and getting the whole length in focus is the concern.

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Re: 35mm Macro

Just bought one of these lenses, from Ian, but I have not had a chance to try it yet.

I do like the sharp detail you have captured.

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