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Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

After browsing through some of your galleries, I am regreting my choice of lenses

Not sure how much exploration of this world the EX-25 would give with:
1. 7-14mm f4 (prob nothing as focal length is less than tube length)
2. 14-54mm f2.8-3.5
3. 50-200mm f2.8-3.5

What other ways are there of going macro?

I think I've seen magnifying "filters" that attach to the front of the lens.
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Re: Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

Hi.

I have an EX-25 and it does work with the 50-200 under some circumstances giving me close up of butterflies about 4ft away...but I prefer the dedicated macro lens. The 50mm Oly for sharpness the 105mm Sigma for working distance.

I have tried a very good add on lens on the front but it only worked with one lens because of the different front element sizes.

I have also a really good tamron 90mm macro from my film days which is great but manual and needs the adapter.

But all of my answers are geared around my version of macro which is to photograph butterflies and other insects at life size or close to that.

What sort of photographs were you looking to take? I'm sure one of us has tried something similar ?? I'm keen to learn too.

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Re: Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

I'll take a photo of almost anything
Here are some shots achieved with the Olympus C750UZ with a fisheye attachment that could be separated to provide magnification with its rear element.







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Re: Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

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After browsing through some of your galleries, I am regreting my choice of lenses

Not sure how much exploration of this world the EX-25 would give with:
1. 7-14mm f4 (prob nothing as focal length is less than tube length)
2. 14-54mm f2.8-3.5
3. 50-200mm f2.8-3.5

What other ways are there of going macro?

I think I've seen magnifying "filters" that attach to the front of the lens.
I see nothing wrong with your choice of lenses. The only comment I have about EX-25 is that autofocus is a waste of time. I now use 50mm OM f3.5 macro with 4/3 adapter plus ebay manual extension tubes. Focus with Live view on my E-330. I dont feel there is any adavantage in using ZD macro because once you get really close focusing is so critical you have to use manual focus anyway.
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Re: Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

I have the Zuiko 35mm Macro lens and find it excellent. Not as fast as I'd like, but close as close can get...!! I'm happy to post some shots if required.
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Re: Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

Try a set of Olympus OM Macro Bellows and an OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8.

This is a shot of the blades in a Disposable razor taken using the above on an E-1.



Zippo Lighter Windshield, same set up as above.




At this level of magnification a tripod is a must and a focusing track useful.
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Re: Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

This shot in my gallery was taken with the Sigma 105macro. Manually focussed in quite indifferent light. I used a monopod to enable me to get a good depth of focus.

It is actually a panorama shot (two whole frames joined). I then merged in photoshop etc. I know it looks like a crop.



I am not sure that macro shots work on the web without a sense of scale. This caterpillar is about 2 inches long.

I'll have a look at EX25 things and see if I have any to upload later.
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Re: Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

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I see nothing wrong with your choice of lenses. The only comment I have about EX-25 is that autofocus is a waste of time. I now use 50mm OM f3.5 macro with 4/3 adapter plus ebay manual extension tubes. Focus with Live view on my E-330. I dont feel there is any adavantage in using ZD macro because once you get really close focusing is so critical you have to use manual focus anyway.
Hi Glyn,

My "complaint" about the chosen standard lenses is that they do not seem to give much in macro access with the EX-25. For weight & laziness, I would prefer to have an adapter in the bag to use with existing lenses.

Focusing - I've found it's easier to do this by moving myself & the camera.

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Re: Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

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Try a set of Olympus OM Macro Bellows and an OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8.

This is a shot of the blades in a Disposable razor taken using the above on an E-1.



Zippo Lighter Windshield, same set up as above.




At this level of magnification a tripod is a must and a focusing track useful.
Hi R Mace,

Love the shot of the blades - wouldn't have guessed what it is.

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This shot in my gallery was taken with the Sigma 105macro. Manually focussed in quite indifferent light. I used a monopod to enable me to get a good depth of focus.

It is actually a panorama shot (two whole frames joined). I then merged in photoshop etc. I know it looks like a crop.



I am not sure that macro shots work on the web without a sense of scale. This caterpillar is about 2 inches long.

I'll have a look at EX25 things and see if I have any to upload later.

Amazing DOF and detail. I initially thout it was a crop rather than a stitch (up ).

I've borrowed a friend's monopod, but could not work out how to position myself/it to give any extra stability. I seemed to wobble more. How does one use these things?

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Re: Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

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Hi Glyn,

My "complaint" about the chosen standard lenses is that they do not seem to give much in macro access with the EX-25. For weight & laziness, I would prefer to have an adapter in the bag to use with existing lenses.

Focusing - I've found it's easier to do this by moving myself & the camera.

Robin
Your hand must be steadier than mine. Macro focusing is a nightmare I use a focus rail on a tripod.
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Amazing DOF and detail. I initially thout it was a crop rather than a stitch (up ).

I've borrowed a friend's monopod, but could not work out how to position myself/it to give any extra stability. I seemed to wobble more. How does one use these things?

Robin
Put the strap around your neck and use live view. No good for birds though they have gone by the time the pic is taken.
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Put the strap around your neck and use live view. No good for birds though they have gone by the time the pic is taken.
How many times do I wrap the strap round my neck?

Seriously, though, do you push the camera away so the straps are taught?
And where do you place the pointy bit in the ground - does it form a triangle with the feet?

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Re: Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

I use a +3 close up filter screwed to the front of the 40-150mm standard lens.
Gives me a working distance of around 18" at full zoom, prefocus the distance and mounted on a Tripod. To adjust focus simply lean the pod back or forward on the two front legs and fire.


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Re: Using standard lenses for macro work (Ex-25?)

I bought the EX-25, but have hardly used it. I generally use the 35mm Zuiko. For stalking insects on a footpath, the Sigma 105mm is really handy because you only need to stoop a bit, rather than crawl around on your hands and knees!

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