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Old Dec 21, 2007, 4:02 PM   #1
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I just bought a olympus e-510 and I need a good macro lense. Will all zuiko including the older ones from the SLR cameras attach on the new Olympus DSLR's? What is a good older macro lense that will work on this camera. Jim
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 4:16 PM   #2
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e series are 4/3 system............you would need to buy a converter as well
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 4:25 PM   #3
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Would I have been better off buying the d40x nikon? Jim


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Old Dec 21, 2007, 4:26 PM   #4
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Or the canon xti
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 4:32 PM   #5
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why not buy a set of close up filters for £20 of ebay u get 1x 2x 3x and 4x magnification pop them all on and u get 10x

toyed with the idea of getting some but i dont like close up so wouldnt use them enough

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What is a good older macro lense that will work on this camera.
When Olympus dSLRs went digital, they left behind all the old film SLR lenses, and adopted the 4/3 mount that it developed jointly with Kodak. You can still use the Olympus lenses using the MF-1 OM Adapter.

"When using this adapter, Autofocus (AF) is not available, Stop-down metering is used and Spot metering does not work properly. Although it is possible to use A (aperture priority AE) mode in auto exposure, the aperture display is not available and the aperture display in M (Manual) is not available. In P (Program AE) or S (Shutter speed - priority AE) mode, the shutter releases, but the auto exposure control does not work. The distance scale on the OM system lens may not indicate the actual distance, so users should always use the viewfinder for focusing."

For minor macro needs, you might be able to get away with the close-up lenses that Reanimator mentioned.

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That depends. The Olympus E-510 is a fine camera, and should serve you well. But there are things that other cameras may do better, as is always the case.
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 9:05 PM   #7
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What i want to do is take close up pics of my coins and reef tank. The 50mm zuiko digital lense vs the canon 100mm lense. Which would be best for my application? Jim
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One of the problems frequently encountered in macrophotography is lighting. If you haven't set up good lighting, a longer lens lets you back away from the subject, thereby gettting out of your own light. This is mainly helpful for flowers, insects, etc., in situations where you don't generally get to pick your lighting.

The two types of subjects have very different requirements. Coins don't move around much, so you can set up a place with good lighting, and you can use flash, so either the Canon or Olympus set ups would work well.A reef tank, on the other hand,will reflect light, so you have to be careful with flash and other light sources outside the tank. But since fish have no interest in posing for photos, you need to have a large aperture lens so you can use a fast shutter speed.

I suggest you check out the Close-upsforum to see what other people are using.
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Old Dec 22, 2007, 2:09 PM   #9
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why not buy a set of close up filters for £20 of ebay u get 1x 2x 3x and 4x magnification pop them all on and u get 10x
Simply because the quality is rubbish.

Olympus make two Macro lenses; a 35mm and a 50mm.

If you prefer some extra working distance then Sigma make a bunch of Macro lenses, all available in 4/3 mount.

The Sigma 100mm f2.8 Macro is excellent..

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/221/cat/30

and 150mm f2.8 Macro is truly superb...

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/180/cat/30

and if you can get by with only 70mm working distance the amazing 70mm f2.8 ...

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/964/cat/30



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dont think the user would want to spend $4-$600 dollars on a lens!!!! for what he wants to shoot. maybe there is a compromise between rubish filters (not lenses) and what u suggest. the compromise been an older lens and adapter plate


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