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Old 16th July 2014
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

Lets some things straight
Macro photography is not easy and has a steep learning curve.
Do not get disappointed by a success rate of 1 in 100 shots.
Do not try and start at 1:1 as it will frustrate you.
Focus manually and rock back and forth.

Try reading THIS thread

With the E-400 you can easily use:
An Oly 35 f3.5 a very good lens and great place to start
An Oly 50mm F2 an excellent lens (never owned one)
A Sigma 105 f2.8 an excellent lens. Has seriously small depth of field.

This was taken with an E-620 and a 35mm with flash

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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

Macro photography of insects is quite challenging. There are good guides on the internet that may be useful.

The 70-300mm 4/3 lens allows you to get to 1:2 magnification with manual focusing, I found it quite good for capturing butterflies, and closeups of flowers and blurring out backgrounds etc. I did find that it was not a particularly sharp lens.

The 50mm f2 lens is what I have used most for macro. Its one of the best lenses olympus has produced. Very nice as well for portraits, and in terms of sharpness and contrast a big step up from the 14-42mm and 40-150mm. It is slower to focus though.
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

Hi David.
I'll try to clarify what you have and what you can add to it.
The E400 was one in the now obsolete range of Olympus Four Thirds (FT) DSLR camera bodies and lenses. The last in this line was the E-5 which boasted a professional weather sealed body.
Olympus finally ceased production of the Four Thirds system about 18 months to 2 years ago to concentrate on the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) range. The OM-D EM-1 was released to succeed the E5 and to allow owners of the superb range of Four Thirds lenses to be able to use them on this Pro level body with an adapter. Unless things have changed recently though there isn't an adapter to allow a Micro Four Thirds lens to be fitted to a Four Thirds body such as your E400. Micro Four Thirds bodies include the Pen and the OM-D range. There are other MFT cameras available such as Leica, Fuji, Sony and Panasonic to name a few.
Both the 35mm and the 50mm Four Thirds lenses already mentioned are ideal for your macro work. I have just sold three of my Four Thirds lenses but I will be keeping the 35mm and 50mm though. The E400 is still a superb camera and is capable of producing beautiful pictures. Any Four Thirds lens will fit straight onto your camera and there are some real bargains to be had out there now.
Regarding the ND filter; what do you need it for?


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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

Hi, I would go for the 50 macro which is still my FAV on my E1's and screw in filter
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