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Old Nov 1, 2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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Recently bought this Macro Adaptor from B&H Photo for 52.00. Although not comparable to a full blown macro, it did a decent job for the price. Took this photo inside in available light, no tripod. I'm thinking sharpness would increase on subjects outdoors in bright light where the fstop could be kicked up a bit.



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Hi,

I was curious about that lens adapter as I saw a bunch of them on EBay recently.

Nice shot.

A couple of alternatives that aren't too expensive is the four thirds 35mm macro lens that can be mounted to the m43 camera with the aid of an adapter.
The lens itself can be found for about $150 on various used equipment sites. A slightly more expensivae alternative is the 50mm ZD macro. A great lens, but one that will run you around $350 to 400 used.

Still another solution that I've seen used by forum members is the Canon 500D close up lens that comes in various diameters 58mm 72mm and 77mm. I don't believe this is made any longer, gut you can find them on Ebay.

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Which 4/3rds 35mm macro are you referring to Zig?
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Hi,

I was curious about that lens adapter as I saw a bunch of them on EBay recently.

Nice shot.

A couple of alternatives that aren't too expensive is the four thirds 35mm macro lens that can be mounted to the m43 camera with the aid of an adapter.
The lens itself can be found for about $150 on various used equipment sites. A slightly more expensivae alternative is the 50mm ZD macro. A great lens, but one that will run you around $350 to 400 used.

Still another solution that I've seen used by forum members is the Canon 500D close up lens that comes in various diameters 58mm 72mm and 77mm. I don't believe this is made any longer, gut you can find them on Ebay.

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I picked one up a few days ago to try on my 45/1.8. Here it is, fitted via the adapter that comes with it, primarily for use with the 14-42, but the 45 has the same filter size, so....



It just about, but does not quite, double the magnification I can get with the 45 by itself at or near the closest focus distance. The biggest hurdle using this combo is, the greatly reduced depth of field, especially close to wide open, compared to using a real macro like the 50mm f2 at the same distance and aperture. I won't be selling my 50mm f2 macro anytime soon, but this attachment is a nice alternative if you just need something for the chance closeup. One could also just shoot without the closeup lens, crop the resulting file around 40-50% and wind up with something very nice-looking too.

here's an image with the 45 by itself at f2..



and here the same subject using the MCON-P01 and stopped down to f2.8. I probably should have stopped down to at least f4.


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Which 4/3rds 35mm macro are you referring to Zig?
This one..

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...5mm_f_3_5.html

They also have two used for the price Zig mentioned..

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/used/4...5mm_f_3_5.html
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Nice shots Greg. The macro adaptor isn't all that bad for the money, but I agree with you where kicking up the f stop would be beneficial in increasing DOF.
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Nice shots Greg. The macro adaptor isn't all that bad for the money, but I agree with you where kicking up the f stop would be beneficial in increasing DOF.
It certainly does not cost you, weight-wise, just to keep it in the bag. It's almost lighter than air, especially compared to the heavyweight Canon 500D I use with the 75-300.
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I hear you there Greg. I sold my Canon 40D and two lenses and bought the E-PL2. I just got tired of lugging the heavy gear around. For my purposes, the PL2 is just fine and I haven't looked back yet. I certainly take my PL2 along with me much more than I did the Canon 40D.
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Here are two quick samples taken with the 35mm ZD macro mounted on the E-P2 using a Lumix 43 to m43 adapter.





the shot of the quarter was cropped by about 50%

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Nice shots. I'm guessing the 35mm macro is an Oly lens.
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the shot of the quarter was cropped by about 50%

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