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Old Dec 4, 2010, 7:50 PM   #1
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Default In search of the missing 100mm f4 macro..

Of course, that means the 50mm f2 + the EC20 tele-extender.















Then some Fall color with the 12-60..









Finally, the 50-200 SWD..

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Old Dec 5, 2010, 5:37 AM   #2
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Hi Greg,

A good series of images, with the 1st and last being my favorites as they show case the almost 3D effect that the 50mm 2.0 exhibits.


I loved that lens and I know you will to.

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Old Dec 5, 2010, 5:41 AM   #3
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Good photos, Greg. I especially like the texture visible in the flower petals. You're having fun with that lens.
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Old Dec 5, 2010, 6:31 AM   #4
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Hi Greg

Very nice! úrd from top and 3rd from bottom are just great.. well my favorites as they just jump out at you. Now I wish Oly hadn't been silly and dropped the 100 F2.8 macro and that I'm sure would have sold like hot cakes.

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Hi, Harj

I think the point Greg is making, is that the 50mm f2 + the EC20 tele-extender really is a 100mm f/4 macro. I'm sure that if Oly made a 100mm f/4 and you compared that against what Greg is shooting there would be some differences (certainly in size, L & W, at least).

Maybe I'm reading more into Greg's point than he's actually making, but I read Greg as saying: "What's the issue with not having a ZD 100mm f/4 macro? Here's the ZD equivalent - what's wrong with it?"

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PS: Greg - please correct me if I'm mis-interpreting you.
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great shots Greg, I like the canopy of the trees over the walkway in the 10th shot. I to have wondered why Olympus never released the 100mm macro that would have been a lens I would have most likely bought. I remember the tech rep at that Olympus class I attended in Pittsburgh, saying it was supposed to be released this fall. It was on the lens road map for quite a while but that was the most I ever heard of it.

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Excellent shots Greg. #1 is my favorite. Obviously that is a good combo, the results speak for themselves.
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Hi, Harj

I think the point Greg is making, is that the 50mm f2 + the EC20 tele-extender really is a 100mm f/4 macro. I'm sure that if Oly made a 100mm f/4 and you compared that against what Greg is shooting there would be some differences (certainly in size, L & W, at least).

Maybe I'm reading more into Greg's point than he's actually making, but I read Greg as saying: "What's the issue with not having a ZD 100mm f/4 macro? Here's the ZD equivalent - what's wrong with it?"

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I think that's pretty darn close to it...

There's no doubt a 100mm f2.8 would have been great as well as , hopefully, a lot cheaper than the combined almost $900 this combination would cost someone to pony up for, even though I bought the two at much different times. Canon's 100mm f2.8 macro is $509, or about what the 50mm f2 costs all by itself, and that's a stop faster than the Olympus combination, with a USM motor and 1:1 reproduction.

After having tried the 1:1 ratio with the EX25, I have to say the times I would go that extreme with the 50mm (or a 100mm prime) are few and far between. You simply have to be too close to the subject and the working focus range with the 50mm + EX25 is non-existent. The 50mm and either the EC14 or EC20 is much more flexible in having access to the full focus range.

I was definitely hopeful, but kind-of suprised how sharp the 50/2+EC20 is. There's absolutely no lack of sharpness with the combination. If one really wants or needs a 100mm macro for their Olympus system, it does exist....for a price. The set definitely delivers.

Here's a shot I did yesterday with the 50mm f2 by itself at f2 and with the FL50R for fill. I could definitely get used to shooting portraits at f2..


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Outstanding portrait!

You're absolutely right that a 100mm f/4 macro ought to have way fewer lens elements, and a way lower price, than the 50mm f2 + the EC20. The EC20 was designed for a very much longer set of lenses than 50mm.

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Wow. Just, wow.
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