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Old May 18, 2010, 6:57 PM   #1
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I can't believe I didn't notice it before, but it seems my Canon FD 70-210 has a 'hidden' macro feature..... you all knew that though didn't you?

My "D'Oh!!" moment came when I thought the lens barrel was stuck, when in fact, I had simply rotated round beyond the 1.2m mark and into the 'macro zone' available only at 70mm. You'd think the big yellow lettering might have given me a clue

So now my favourite legacy lens has become even more useful, although I'm still working out the best hand-held macro focusing technique with the GH1..... focus assist can be a bit shaky, certainly in my hands!

Today I finally managed to grab a few bugs in the garden (even getting some fine detail for the first time!) and although I'm still finding my way, I thought I'd share some samples from this afternoon, all taken with the FD 70-210 plus 20mm extension tube....



















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Old May 18, 2010, 7:57 PM   #2
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very nice shots. i am glad you found the macro function lol, those yellow letters spelling macro on the barrel can be sneaky!

this is a great looking lens. good contrast and clarity.

if you haven't seen, i got my viv 105mm macro on my epl1 today and got a few snaps in the oly dslr forum.

i found the focus assist to be difficult at 1:1 macro at 105mm x2x crop factor too. not from handheld for me today, but the wind blew the flowers around too much.
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Old May 19, 2010, 3:59 AM   #3
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very nice shots. i am glad you found the macro function lol, those yellow letters spelling macro on the barrel can be sneaky!

this is a great looking lens. good contrast and clarity.
LOL! Very sneaky indeed!! Glad I found it too, as that macro function is really useful, and I'm now even happier with my 10 lens - no complaints here about the sharpness or clarity.

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if you haven't seen, i got my viv 105mm macro on my epl1 today and got a few snaps in the oly dslr forum.

i found the focus assist to be difficult at 1:1 macro at 105mm x2x crop factor too. not from handheld for me today, but the wind blew the flowers around too much.
Just checked it out... nice outfit, and a very nice shot too. It was a bit windy in my garden too, and whilst I prefer hand-held work, I think for eye-popping macro I'm going to have to investigate a tripod, some extra lighting, and maybe move to somewhere with better weather
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Good looking shots! I've been thinking about getting a longer vintage lens than the 135mm I have but the lack of IBIS on the G1 discourages me as I'm not too big on tripods (pure laziness).
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Good looking shots! I've been thinking about getting a longer vintage lens than the 135mm I have but the lack of IBIS on the G1 discourages me as I'm not too big on tripods (pure laziness).
Thanks Tullio! I did mention that these were all hand held with the GH1 right? No tripod, no flash..... sometimes lazy is OK
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Wow! I'm impressed.
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Wow! I'm impressed.
Thanks oznasia! Not sure if you'll already have seen my reply to your earlier post here...

Having got hold of a Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 (and adapter) on eBay, I definitely caught the "manual lenses" bug, and now have FD-fit extension tubes, macro-focusing teleconverter, this 70-210 and an even longer 100-300...... and I'm having a blast

Hopefully these pics - along with my other threads in the Panasonic Micro Four Thirds forum - illustrate that older, sometimes very inexpensive manual lenses can produce some nice results, and are really easy to use with the micro 4/3 bodies. Manual focus can be very rewarding!!
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And a 43 body is the only way you can really use legacy Canon lenses in the 4/3 world. Their flange distance is such that after you add a 4/3 adapter they won't focus to infinity but they will with a 43 adapter.

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