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Old Nov 1, 2012, 2:57 PM   #11
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Yeah, the 75 is already out there in places and people are posting images captured with it. B&H even has it in-stock now. $899 definitely ain't cheap, but I've been considering it. The combination of macro performance and the review below of the 60 is what tilted me towards spending a little less money and adding a native (Micro) macro lens..

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/09/21...-60-2-8-macro/

As of tonight my "Micro 12-60" is complete with the 12mm f2, 25/1.4, 45/1.8 and 60mm f2.8 Macro.
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Yeah, the 75 is already out there in places and people are posting images captured with it. B&H even has it in-stock now. $899 definitely ain't cheap, but I've been considering it. The combination of macro performance and the review below of the 60 is what tilted me towards spending a little less money and adding a native (Micro) macro lens..

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/09/21...-60-2-8-macro/

As of tonight my "Micro 12-60" is complete with the 12mm f2, 25/1.4, 45/1.8 and 60mm f2.8 Macro.

Macro (or at least close-up) is one of the few things I'm missing from my superzoom. I'm wondering though if an old adapted MF lens might be just as good for this (at least for now). The 60 sounds very interesting though.

I do have a Raynox I might have to dust off and give a try with, though. Might be fun.
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There are definitely plenty of people using adapted manual focus macro lenses for closeup shooting. The "60" just gives you up to 1:1 and the ability to use all the camera's abilities, including AF, which often is not quite as important when doing true macro work, but little of what I do I would classify as "macro", certainly not very often as close as 1:1.

I will be using the 60mm f2.8 far more as a short tele than for true macro shooting, but I will use it often for closeups, where I am often frustrated by the minimum AF distance of the 45mm f1.8, which is just far enough away I often find myself wanting it to get just a little bit closer. I would not be surprised at all if I wind up carrying just the 12/25/60 three lens prime set along with the 75-300 M. Zuiko.
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There are definitely plenty of people using adapted manual focus macro lenses for closeup shooting. The "60" just gives you up to 1:1 and the ability to use all the camera's abilities, including AF, which often is not quite as important when doing true macro work, but little of what I do I would classify as "macro", certainly not very often as close as 1:1.

I will be using the 60mm f2.8 far more as a short tele than for true macro shooting, but I will use it often for closeups, where I am often frustrated by the minimum AF distance of the 45mm f1.8, which is just far enough away I often find myself wanting it to get just a little bit closer. I would not be surprised at all if I wind up carrying just the 12/25/60 three lens prime set along with the 75-300 M. Zuiko.
That sounds like a nice trio.
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Macro (or at least close-up) is one of the few things I'm missing from my superzoom. I'm wondering though if an old adapted MF lens might be just as good for this (at least for now). The 60 sounds very interesting though.

I do have a Raynox I might have to dust off and give a try with, though. Might be fun.
FWIW, the 35mm 3.5 four thirds macro is an affordable, yet very good macro lens. The best part of it is that, with the adapter, it will autofocus just fine with any PEN series camera. It generally sells for $160 on the used market.

a few images taken with this lens using an EP-2 camera:





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Those focus-stacking images (assuming that's what you did in #2) are impressive Zig.
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Those focus-stacking images (assuming that's what you did in #2) are impressive Zig.
Good eye Greg,

Probably should not have included that one as , yes it is stacked using Helicon Focus software to blend the various images into one cohesive image.

To be fair though, each section of the entire flower was captured using
the 35mm macro lens. And, each section has a great degree of clarity and detail.
Not bad for an EP-2 purchased at Cameta Camera for $229. Heck, I paid Bill Turner $275.00 for the 35mm macro-which today, can be had for around $160.

So, for around $400 USD, including an adapter, you can have an excellent macro system.

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