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Old Jul 6, 2011, 3:52 PM   #1
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Does any one else wish that Oly had introduced a prime macro lens for the micro four thirds family?

When I think back to the 35mm film days, many of the photogs that I worked with chose the Micro-Nikkor 55 as their go-to lens. It was more useful than the standard 50mm -- you could handle the exec portraits as well as capture up close their latest widget that was about to come to market.

The new portrait lens is sure to be a nice lens. But for me I'd be quicker to slap down the plastic if the lens had been a macro.
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Old Jul 6, 2011, 3:56 PM   #2
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Yeah, it would be nice if m4/3 had another true macro besides the panny leica 45mm. I went a different route to save a bunch of money, the 4/3 35 3.5 with the adapter. Nice macro lens and still compact on the pen's. And only 250 dollar with everything, as I found a deal on the lens and adapter.
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I went a different route to save a bunch of money, the 4/3 35 3.5 with the adapter. Nice macro lens and still compact on the pen's. And only 250 dollar with everything, as I found a deal on the lens and adapter.
That would be a good route to go. Unfortunately, up here "north of the 49th" one rarely if ever finds the word 'deal' associated with the word 'olympus'
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yeah, but I do find them on ebay at times in canada. But even at full price, it is still 320 dollars vs 700 for the panasonic leica 45 2.8. Still over 1/2 the cost
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For what it is worth,

B&H Photo.com has a used Olympus 35mm macro for the fourthirds system
@ 185.00 USD. Not a bad price and B&H warranties what they sell.

I also buy used lenses from KEH.com. They in addition to Adorama.com have good reputations as being honest and standing behind their used products.

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the other thing to keep the price down is to get the panasonic 4/3 adapter instead, it is 50-60 dollars cheaper then the olympus one, work exactly the same.
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the other thing to keep the price down is to get the panasonic 4/3 adapter instead, it is 50-60 dollars cheaper then the olympus one, work exactly the same.
Hi,

And thanks, as I omitted the fact that I use the Panasonic 4/3 to m43 adapter.
I bought it for the same reason you pointed out.

Build quality is excellent I might add.

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Does any one else wish that Oly had introduced a prime macro lens for the micro four thirds family?

When I think back to the 35mm film days, many of the photogs that I worked with chose the Micro-Nikkor 55 as their go-to lens. It was more useful than the standard 50mm -- you could handle the exec portraits as well as capture up close their latest widget that was about to come to market.

The new portrait lens is sure to be a nice lens. But for me I'd be quicker to slap down the plastic if the lens had been a macro.
While it would have been nice, I think the 45mm 1.8 is going to sell in large numbers for Olympus at $399 and focuses relatively close at .5 meters. I would imagine a 50mm f2 macro would have been somewhere well north of $500, maybe even $600, which would have dampened some peoples' desire to buy it right away.
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