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Old Feb 26, 2009, 10:29 PM   #1
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I'd like to purchase a lens for (mostly) outdoor macro shots. I'm looking at the Zuiko 50mm prime but also think that the Sigma 105 f2.8 sounds fairly good.
I want to use it for flowers and bugs that I come across as I'm tramping around. I probably won't use a tripod much since I don't usually lug one around when I'm hiking here and there.
Does anyone have any thoughts on which lens would work better for my E510? Both are available from Amazon with pretty similar prices.
Thanks for any help/advice.
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Old Feb 27, 2009, 1:13 PM   #2
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Ihope, by now,you've got your camera back and the viewfinder is diplaying the information correctly.

I don't have a Sigma 105mm 2.8 macro lens so can't comment on it. And, by the way, I don't honestly recall anyone posting any threads regarding that lens in quite some time. There is a user's report on the Sigma @ Fourthirdsphoto.com. It may be of some use to you:


I have had a ZD50mm macro. It is without a doubt an amazing lens with super image quality.

As for which lens would be the better choice, you mentioned that you would like a lens for useas a walkaround as well as macro lens to shoot flowers, bugs etc. In that case, most likely, the Sigma 105mm would offer a bit more flexibility. TheZD50mm macro can get very close to an object and still focus perfectly. It would be fine for shooting static objects i.e. flowers. But I'm not so sure you'dwant to get as close to a bee or other flying critter. One other benefit, aside from it being a wonderful prime lens is that it's a knockout of a portrait lens.

You didn't mention the lenses you currently have, but the ZD70-300mm also acts as a pretty darn good macro lens. And, if you add an EX-25 close up tube, you can get some remarkable shots with that combination.

Additionally, the Ex-25 can be used with most(but not all) of the Olympus ZD lenses. This would include the original version 40-150mm Kit lens, the 14-54mm lens and probably the best combo is the 50-200mm lens coupled with the Ex-25.

I've not had much experience with Sigma lenses. But I have read in more than one article, that Sigma's QC can be a bit of a problem at times.

Good luck on your hunt.


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