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Old May 28, 2012, 2:03 PM   #1
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Default ....learning the Zuiko 35mm so

I went butterfly hunting yesterday and found the monarchs have returned.

The 35mm on the E-3 is a joy to handle and the results are getting better for me every time out. For me I am finding 'M' mode still is my favorite exposure mode with the 35mm lens most usually in the f/7 - f/10 range with the occasional f/3.5 setting.

These I made yesterday with the E-3 & 35mm











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You will learn to love that lens...it is one of the better lenses and is generally underrated by everyone...who don't know what they are talking about....I love mine and use it all the time...although the 50 gives me a little more breathing room from the subject.

These pics are fantastic. Good job.

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You made beautiful pictures with this lens Bob!
I have been looking at the 50 & 35 mm lens and so far I did read that your best of with the 35mm one. Seems to be also good in combination with the ex-25. For myself I still haven't decided what I would buy, there are also two models of Sigma that are sharing my interests. That are the 30mm and 50mm 1,4 ones.
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Old May 28, 2012, 5:34 PM   #4
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Thanks Jim, I already like the lens a lot and like so many others I wish I had gotten it sooner but this way it gives me a new look at the nature shooting I do mostly. Next I will get the FT 9-18 which I absolutely fell in love with when a friend loaned his for a few weeks.

I am finding that the FL50 with the 35mm is a good combination too, I used that today when I walked the neighborhood along with the wired shutter release. For the tripod I used an old ambico we used to mount the family camcorder to. CF legs on my short list too.
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I don't know much about the Zuiko 50 and nothing of the Sigma lenses but I do know the MACRO lenses are fun to use. The 35mm Zuiko is said to be compatible with the EX-25, EC14 & EC20 though I've not used those combinations. I really like getting close for those itty=bitty tiny flowers (the ones that are less than a cm diameter).

.....here is one I found yesterday, the bloom is approx 1/2 cm diameter. The plant was only about 4 inches long (is that about 10cm) with the tiny bloom. It was buried in heavy and dried knee-high grass so I shot this at f/3.5.... the lens needed the light and the setting blurred the dried grass as I was hoping for.
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Really nice shots there Bob. That definitely appears to be a vey good lens.
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All beautiful captures, Bob.

As much as I enjoyed using the 35mm macro on my E-30. Using it on a Pen series body with the VF-2 finder is just a much more pleasant experience.

I'm also put in a little plug for Olympus. I have never purchased a new or used lens made by Olympus that was a bad copy. Oly's quality control is such that I never worried about perhaps getting an out of spec lens.

I was about to say; enjoy your new lens, but it's already clear that you're doing that already.

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Steven, I believe you would greatly enjoy the lens for the photo topics you have there.
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Zig, I too like this lens on the P3. For this outing I decided to use the E-3 to know how the combination handled and have to say it is a splendid feel, very similar to the 14-54 on the E-3.

This morning I took the E-3, wired shutter release, the 35mm & an old tripod (we used it for the family camcorder years ago) for a walk through the neighborhood..... Well, I am pretty well convinced I want a CF tripod

However, the P3 will work pretty well off this old piece and I have a wired release for the P3 too. I will give it a try so to learn if I really want to deal with a tripod.

Greg & Katherine are off to Paris, probably there by now. Greg told me this morning he has hotel reservation for Cape Cod in August which sounds like fun times ahead.
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Zig, I too like this lens on the P3. For this outing I decided to use the E-3 to know how the combination handled and have to say it is a splendid feel, very similar to the 14-54 on the E-3.

This morning I took the E-3, wired shutter release, the 35mm & an old tripod (we used it for the family camcorder years ago) for a walk through the neighborhood..... Well, I am pretty well convinced I want a CF tripod

However, the P3 will work pretty well off this old piece and I have a wired release for the P3 too. I will give it a try so to learn if I really want to deal with a tripod.

Greg & Katherine are off to Paris, probably there by now. Greg told me this morning he has hotel reservation for Cape Cod in August which sounds like fun times ahead.
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Greg's going to have a busy and very enjoyable summer it seems. He did let me know of his intentions in August. I'm hoping his schedule allows for us to meet - I would enjoy the opportunity to be his tour guide.


Getting back to your point about the possibility of a CF tripod. I was reluctant to spend the money on what I perceived as an extraneous and altogether too expensive accessory. Now that I got it, I can't believe I was so stubborn. It makes a world of difference.


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Zig, I know you use a gimbal head and I at this time have no interest there but what tripod do you have. Time to start making a list, there are so many tripods it is like BBQ & beer in Texas........... where to start?
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Hi Bob,

Just before I went to Marco Island this year, I got a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 -4section tripod with a standard head. I bought it from Amazon for $270.00.
It is light, yet very sturdy and even with the Gimbal head is easy to carry all day without tiring. My primary concern was a tripod that would be able to carry the weight of the D7000 + the 70-200mm 2.8 lens. The 70-200 is a heavy bugger but feels rock solid on the pod. I have no qualms in recommending it.

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