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Old Dec 7, 2006, 7:32 AM   #21
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I apologize for clogging this thread but I missed a question from jimkurta.

I bought the 35mm Macro and the EX-25 at the same time but never intended to
use them together. I wanted the EX-25 for my longer lenses to give me more
working distance when shooting bugs or flowers.
The accompanying photo was taken with the 45-150 kit lens stacked onto the
EX-25. Working distance was about 4 ft. The photo was taken without a tripod
and is a little soft. I offer it, not as quality work but as proof of concept. The photo
is full frame but resized and sharpened in PS.
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Old Dec 7, 2006, 6:16 PM   #22
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The subject in this photo was a finger's width away from the lens.
This working distance causes the lens to cast a shadow on the subject
so auxiliary lighting is a must.
OK, then it's settled. I gots to get me one of them extension tubes. I was thinking it would cut the MFD in half, but you've shown it drops it about 85%. A lot of the photography I do is technical photography, so the EX-25 is definitely a plus when combined with the 35mm. The image you posted is equal to the low power setting on a dissecting microscope. This macro lens is definitely worth the money. And so it the camera. Good research, good information on this forum. I'm glad I went with Olympus. All I need now is a way to use the E-500 with my old American Optics microsope and I'm in small world heaven.
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Oh, so you do have the 35mm...well I like the look of the 40=150 with the EX-25 and seem you don't have to get so close. Was it expensive. Donna
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Oh, so you do have the 35mm...well I like the look of the 40=150 with the EX-25 and seem you don't have to get so close. Was it expensive. Donna
I'm not sure it you're asking me or Magna, but since I'm not shy I'll answer and say that I do have the 35mm, and I bought it for $200 American, plus tax. I went to a local camera shop that carries the Olympus line and told them that B&H had it for $199.95. B&H was also offering a $15 mail in rebate, but I'm a privacy-oriented person who tries to stay off as many mailing lists as I can. The local camera shop agreed to meet he B&H price (their listed price was $220), and I paid cash for it, no rebate. I don't take a lot of art shots, but when I do, I hope mine are as good as yours. Ironcically, my old college roomate teaches photography at Columbia College in Chicago. Excellent photographer and artist. I just don't have the artist mindset.
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Old Dec 8, 2006, 5:21 PM   #25
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I bought the E-330 with the "kit" 14-45 and wanted the longer length of the
40-150 also, so I had the camera/14-45, EX-25, and 40-150 all shipped at the same
time.
Yes, I could have bought the 18-180 for (probably) a cheaper price. After reading
various reports of the different lenses, I thought the two shorter lenses would
serve me better.
Expensive? That's a relative term. B&H sold it for around $300. Compared to the
50-200 at $829, it was cheap. (You get what you pay for?)

I'm not unhappy with the results of my lens selection, but I am still learning how
to best use the tools.

I've recently added the EC-14 teleconverter, a 4/3 to OM converter, and a
Sigma 105mm macro but I've not had much time to play with them yet.

Donna, your dew drop will be frozen in the morning ;-}

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Old Dec 9, 2006, 5:30 PM   #26
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Yeah, I am sorry I missed the frost! Surely there will be lots of other opportunities. Donna
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