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Old Mar 2, 2013, 12:53 PM   #11
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YIKES! One battery isn't going to work for me with that arm.
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Just a follow up to James' question about the macro arm light using camera power.

Yes, it sure does use camera power. And it uses a lot of it. I drained my battery after about 30 images.
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YIKES! One battery isn't going to work for me with that arm.
In fairness to the device, I just finished giving the battery full charge. I'm going to try again and see how many images i get with a fully charged battery.
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Just got mine. Only have the DCR-250, but looking forward to trying it along with either my minolta or the 45-200 for some extreme macro. The Raynox has an extremely thin DOF though, so for best results I should probably have rails of some sort.
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In fairness to the device, I just finished giving the battery full charge. I'm going to try again and see how many images i get with a fully charged battery.
Hi Zig,

Interesting post about the MAL-1, I bought a OMD 4 3 weeks ago and I was playing yesterday with the macro function of the Olympus 12-50mm, not sure how this will work with the Raynox DCR-250.

Did you have chance to test the battery life full charged with the MAL-1?

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Hi Zig,

Interesting post about the MAL-1, I bought a OMD 4 3 weeks ago and I was playing yesterday with the macro function of the Olympus 12-50mm, not sure how this will work with the Raynox DCR-250.Marcelo
Wow.....sounds like you're about to do some work at the sub-atomic level! The 12-50, in macro mode and with the Raynox 250.....I had a hard enough time using the Raynox 150 with a Panasonic FZ50.
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Hi Zig,

Interesting post about the MAL-1, I bought a OMD 4 3 weeks ago and I was playing yesterday with the macro function of the Olympus 12-50mm, not sure how this will work with the Raynox DCR-250.

Did you have chance to test the battery life full charged with the MAL-1?

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Hi,

No, I haven't had any real opportunities to use my E-P2 + MA-1+35mm macro lens with a fully charged battery as yet. Not much in the way of flowers, here, as yet.
But, in the few times I tried it out, I used the MA-1 as a fill-in light source to eliminate shadows created by side and overhead lighting that I was using. I liked the results when using it in this fashion.

And yes, I noticed you got the E-M5. Very nice results you posted from your trip.


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Wow.....sounds like you're about to do some work at the sub-atomic level! The 12-50, in macro mode and with the Raynox 250.....I had a hard enough time using the Raynox 150 with a Panasonic FZ50.
I have the Raynox and it is a great tool for macro photography but I know the limitations of it also. Just experimenting with the 12-50mm.
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No, I haven't had any real opportunities to use my E-P2 + MA-1+35mm macro lens with a fully charged battery as yet. Not much in the way of flowers, here, as yet.
But, in the few times I tried it out, I used the MA-1 as a fill-in light source to eliminate shadows created by side and overhead lighting that I was using. I liked the results when using it in this fashion.

And yes, I noticed you got the E-M5. Very nice results you posted from your trip.


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Thank you for the reply Zig and I'm glad you like my pictures.

I'm very impressed with the camera and I'll post some pictures here soon.

Have a great day.

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I have the Raynox and it is a great tool for macro photography but I know the limitations of it also. Just experimenting with the 12-50mm.
How has your 12-50 been working for you otherwise?

I've had two copies of it. The more I use it the less I care for it. The whole standard Olympus zoom trial has been rather disappointing....to the point I've primarily used primes. I finally tried the 14-150 and it's been the best zoom that covers the standard range of the bunch and zoom and focus mechanisms are smooth as butter. The extra reach at the long-end is a bonus. I'd really prefer having as wide as 12mm, but the 9-18 covers that nicely when I need to go wider than 14mm.
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How has your 12-50 been working for you otherwise?

I've had two copies of it. The more I use it the less I care for it. The whole standard Olympus zoom trial has been rather disappointing....to the point I've primarily used primes. I finally tried the 14-150 and it's been the best zoom that covers the standard range of the bunch and zoom and focus mechanisms are smooth as butter. The extra reach at the long-end is a bonus. I'd really prefer having as wide as 12mm, but the 9-18 covers that nicely when I need to go wider than 14mm.
Sorry for the late reply Greg,

I like my 12-50mm, it is very versatile lens and the fact it is weather proof is one of the reasons I bought it. The 40-150mm is sharper than the 12-50mm but I just love the size of the u4/3 lens and versatility.

I didn't have chance to use the Raynox lens attachment yet but my intentions are to use it with the 12-50mm (not in macro mode) to give it more focus distance.

Some pictures with the 12-50mm and the OMD E-M5





Something that blow my mind is how well the IS system of the OMD works, this pictures was hand held and the exposure was 1/5 second and it is very sharp with exception of the people escalating the stars of the Arch of the Triumph



Have a great Eastern weekend.

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