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 Post subject: Macro Choices
PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:35 pm 
Since the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Telephoto Macro Lens is a little out of my price range I am stuck between the choices of the Olympus EX-25mm Macro Extension Tube versus the Olympus 35mm f/3.5 1:1 Macro Lens.

I appreciate any thoughts and feedback.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:51 pm 
35mm in any case. Really good lens, and has higher magnification then 50mm.
Only downside when compared to 50mm is it's not as bright. I use 50mm in churches and anywhere where I don't use flash.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:49 pm 
how can you use a macro lens for normal photography?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:52 am 
ambrose21 wrote:
how can you use a macro lens for normal photography?


Any lens can focus to infinity, macro lenses are just specially made that they can focus extra close. A lens is focused to infinity when the rear element is closest to the sensor and every lens [except for some rare specialty lenses] should be able to do that.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:09 pm 
You might also want to take a look at the Sigma 105mm Macro. It's between the 35mm and the 50mm in terms of cost and people only say good things about it.

Anyway, i own the 35mm macro lens and really love it. Haven't used it in a while (it will make it's comeback in spring). Maybe you should take a look at the cameralabs lens gallery.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:48 am 
I've been using the Sigma 105mm F2.8 for the past year, it's very sharp! I don't have the Zuiko 50mm macro so I can't say it's sharper than the 50mm or anything, but it is very very sharp, especially when you use manual focus (I use only manual focus on this lens, much easier/accurate). I take a lot of floral pictures, with this lens even the tiniest stigma/anther can look very sharp in the image.

Also at 105mm it gives you much greater working distance from the subject, than the Zuiko 50mm. This lens doubles as a great (really!) portrait lens too, with great creamy bokeh.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:24 pm 
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I too wondered about a macro lens, as last summer I found a new interest in butterflies and other insects.

I mostly used my 50-200 on 200 and stood back, but thought that a macro would probably be better. However, my concern was that although I would be able to get closer, this would probably cause the insect to flee. Does this usage suggest the Sigma would be the best option?


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 4:48 am 
Also,...you do not need a dedicated macro to get macro results.

There are close-up filters,...and longer lenses that are close-focusing enough to give you similar results.

I can not take the 70-300 off my Oly,...it goes both ways very well.


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 1:40 pm 
Yes, the 70-300mm is good for macro shots, but you need lots of light to get a sharp picture.

By the way, you can get very close to insects without them running away. You have to move slow and try not to breath towards the insect.


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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 9:07 am 
I did not find the 70-300mm sharp enough to be a good macro, even when stopped down. Ultimately I sold mine after a year of ownership, disappointed with its sharpness and its slow and unpredictable autofocus. I feel the 150mm is much more of a pleasure to use.


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