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Hi all,

I have just gotten my first proper camera, an Olympus E-400, after years of using point and shoot. I know it's a bit old but I'm on a budget and I'm really happy with it so far.

I have two lenses, 14-42mm and 40-150mm, but I'm after a good macro lens but am unsure about what lenses I can fit on this camera.

I have read about using an adapter to fit other lenses to it but just want to make sure I know what's what before paying for something.

Macro lenses seem quite expensive, so I thought I would ask the members on here if they could possibly point me in the right direction of the best budget ones that can fit my camera (with or without an adapter).

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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

The four thirds 35mm is great value and ideal size for the 400
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

There is one here without a price, and another here at £85
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

Thanks, Iain. I will take a look at those.
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

Sorry, just one more question. I'm after an ND filter for this camera but am unsure about which one to get. One that screws on or one that is placed into a holder of some sort. It's all a bit confusing.
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

I use screw in filters for UV and polarised, but Cokin filters for ND. (That's the square ones with a holder. I bought a cheap set on 3 plain ND and 3 graduated ND [The top is clearer than the bottom half of these.] for little money off Amazon.) There are different sizes of Cokins so make sure you know what you have in case you decide to buy extra filters.

They are OK and for the little Landscape photography I do a 'good buy'.
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

I used to have the 50mm f2 macro, it was a great lens and I prefered the extra reach to the 35mm. It was also a great portrait lens, again I felt that the extra focal length helped. They are a bit more expensive though.
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

I'd second the 50mm f2. The 35mm Macro was the first lens I added after the kit lens and it's a real cracker - so sharp it'll make your eyes bleed, but the working distance is ridiculously short - you end up working in the shade of the lens. As mentioned, the 50mm f2 has a more useable working distance and is a stunning portrait lens to boot - well worth the difference in price for that alone. Given the choice of only one of the two, it'd have to be the 50mm.
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

Thanks for all the help. What different macro lenses can I fit to this model? I'm still a bit confused with all the different lenses/adapters.
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

any four thirds lens will fit your camera, MICRO four thirds lenses won't without an adaptor

As the 4/3 system is basically no longer produced the bodies and lenses are very cheap for what they are (here speaks someone who has bailed out of the 4/3 system )
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1513468541...;3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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It's just that I'm worried about the lens size. This one has 52mm written on the side of it. My lenses have 58mm. Sorry if I'm coming across a bit dim here.
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1513468541...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Like this?

It's just that I'm worried about the lens size. This one has 52mm written on the side of it. My lenses have 58mm. Sorry if I'm coming across a bit dim here.
Yes that will fit and it is a macro lens as well, I had that lens at one time.
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

52mm is the size of the filters that it takes
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

I think this chart shows all the lenses your camera will take without an adaptor

http://www.four-thirds.org/en/fourth...ens_chart.html
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Re: Looking for a bit and of advice

You don't need an adapter to fit m4/3 lenses to a 4/3 body, you need a large hammer and some tape. Use the tape to hold the lens in place once you've hammered the lens close enough to the sensor. Be careful with the hammer, do to much damage to the lens and it won't be worth the effort.
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