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Reef Mike Aug 3, 2006 9:15 PM

Just wondering what you guys consider to be a good value macro lense. I know olympus has 2 I think, one cheaper one and one more expensive. Any comments on these lenses?



Brent Gair Aug 3, 2006 10:46 PM

I have the 50mm F2. The other lens is the 35mm F3.5

By all accounts, these are both excellent lenses and neither will dissappoint you. There is a test of the 35mm macro in the August Shutterbug.

The less expensive 35mm has the advantage of actually getting 1:1 image where the 50mm isn't quite as close (stated as 1:2 but measured in several tests as closer to 1:1.6).

The 50mm is a faster lens which I find helpful with tabletop photography where I don't use a flash andI depend on diffuse lighting. The 50mm is also one of the weather-sealed top-of-the line lenses.

Check ot the "Close up" section of the "Post your photos" board here and see my "Caterpilar eating my Parsley" picture done with the 50mm. And check out the same are for my "Little Mutant" photo posted about two months ago (kinda' buried so try this link)

Norm in Fujino Aug 4, 2006 2:09 AM

Both the 50mm and 35mm are good lenses; optically, the 50mm gets the edge. If you want to wait a bit more, Sigma is going to be offering two new macros for the 4/3 mount in September; Japanese list prices are as below (for likely street prices in your part of the world, check for local prices on these lenses in Canon/Nikon mounts).

* Sigma Macro 105mm F2.8 EX DG: September (68,250 yen)
* Sigma APO Macro 150mm F2.8 EX DG HSM: September (103,950 yen)

Here's a recent macro taken at night with the E-300 and ED 50mm f2.0; illumination was the FL-50 with Lightsphere, and focus was done with flashlight; shot in RAW and developed with Silkypix:

stowaway7 Aug 4, 2006 2:26 AM

I own the 35mm macro which I purchased mainly for a walkaround prime lens rather than it's macro capabilities (although it does it's macro job VERY well). It's extremely lightweight and you can find them for @ $200 USD most places (yes, the budget was a concern when I looked at the two offerings). Of course the 50mm gives you the larger aperture advantage (f2 vs. f3.5) but as a general-purpose prime the 35mm is very impressive.

oel Aug 4, 2006 10:03 AM

Reef Mike, here is an example of the ability of the 35mm macro lens in the hands of someone new to SLR's.

This was taken with my E500, hand held, right after I got the lens.

Reef Mike Aug 4, 2006 11:33 AM

Wow great pics with both lenses. The biggest advantage I see with the 50mm is that it is a faster lense and would do better in lower light.

Thanks for the input, its much appreciated for a Newb like me :)


jorgen Aug 5, 2006 3:46 AM

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And another handheld with the 35mm.

D.Ann Aug 7, 2006 12:57 PM

That's a great photo! Donna

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