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    Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    I was wondering what you experienced Olympus uses would suggest as the very best lens to purchase for shooting Micro shots with my new E-5?

    If you have any examples of your work, please post them. Thanks in advance. BB

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    Re: Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    Quote Originally Posted by buglinbilly
    I was wondering what you experienced Olympus uses would suggest as the very best lens to purchase for shooting Micro shots with my new E-5?

    If you have any examples of your work, please post them. Thanks in advance. BB
    Well the 12-60mm does an excelent job plus you will have the advantage of fast AF. The 14-54mm served me well too and nothing sharper than the 50mm.
    If I had only one to pick from I would get the 12-60mm. If nothing else but for the performance. It's a sweet ride.
    I'll have to dig around for some examples since I don't shoot a lot of macros. But I will check.
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    Re: Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    Well I found one. This flower is actually about one inch across. You can see just how sharp it is. I would think about the 50mm but think that a fixed focal length would be to restrictive. The 14-54mm is a very good lens too. I think it would be my second choice.

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    Re: Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    I don't have it, but the ZD 50mm macro is supposed to be superb. I muddle along with the OM 90mm macro which is similar, but manual.

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    Re: Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    I sure apprecaite your responces. I only have three lenses for my camera and two of the the three are the two mentoined aboove. I have the 12-60mm and the 50mm 1:2 Macro, that I got during the winter, but haven't used it yet of marco shots. The other lens I have is the 70-300.

    Does anyone have the Olympus Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 Digital lens. If so what do you think of it, and about how much would a lens like that cost?

    Again thanks for the replys. BB

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    Re: Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    I have the 50-200mm but very seldom use it for macro. It is a heavy lens but also very sharp and fast. I used it for a kids soccer game Saturday and I am amazed with it.
    You might consider getting a tube. I had one at one time. They are very nice to use for macro but there is a learning curve to them and it takes some patience to use one.
    You can get a 50-200mm on the used market for 500-600 dollars or so. It is a wonderful lens to own.
    If you were to get a tube and the 50-200mm you would have a wonderful collection of glass to work with.
    How you liking the E5? I have been reading they are in short supply right now.
    I am like Barney Fife, I have a gun but Andy makes me keep the bullet in my pocket..

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    Re: Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    Quote Originally Posted by buglinbilly
    I sure apprecaite your responces. I only have three lenses for my camera and two of the the three are the two mentoined aboove. I have the 12-60mm and the 50mm 1:2 Macro, that I got during the winter, but haven't used it yet of marco shots. The other lens I have is the 70-300.

    Does anyone have the Olympus Zuiko 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 Digital lens. If so what do you think of it, and about how much would a lens like that cost?

    Again thanks for the replys. BB
    I don't have this lens - but I can help you out with price. It's on sale at B&H for $1,049 ($150 off). Here are the specifications and more info:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._5_ED_SWD.html

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    Re: Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    Also here is a link to the tube......
    http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CEYQ8wIwAg#
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    Re: Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    Thanks for all the help. I am pretty new to photography and so much of this is all new to me. I think I could really use the low aperture setting on the 50-200mm lens.

    Does anyone know how you make sure you get a good lens if you purchase a used lens?

    Also the tube sound interesting. I read the reviews on the link given and some really hated it and thought it was worthless and some just raved about it. Why do you think there was such a difference in opinion?

    Here are a few photos I took last summer with my 12-60mm lens and my E-3. I liked the E-3 so went ahead and got the E-5, which I also like, but really don't see that much difference between the two. It might just be I am too dumb to understand the real differences.









    Thanks again for all the advice and information. I appreciate it.

    Have a good one. BB

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    Re: Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    It just takes patience to use a tube. I could never auto focus with one and it only seemed to work at one focal length on the lens. The pictures I took with it were amazing but like I said you just had to have patience. Plus in the end I am more of a landscape, urban shooter and really ain't much into taking flower pictures.
    But I have a great respect for macro shooters I just ain't good at it. Be sure and get you a sturdy tripod that will go low. If you get the 50-200mm you will need one.
    I am like Barney Fife, I have a gun but Andy makes me keep the bullet in my pocket..

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    Re: Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    Check this out..... Loupey is the best.
    Extension Tubes - Full Disclosure
    I am like Barney Fife, I have a gun but Andy makes me keep the bullet in my pocket..

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    Re: Olympus Best Lens for shooting Macro Shoots

    I shoot mostly macros. Most often I use the 50mm f/2. After that the 50mm and the ex25 extension tube get the most use. The 50mm f/2, 35mm and the 70-300 are the ONLY zuiko digital lenses that can shoot true macros. None of the other lenses even come close in terms of magnification.

    I think this one was the 50mm and the ex25 tube.



    For close-up work, or maybe better called "almost macro," the 12-60, 50 f/2 or the 50-200 are about equal. The 50mm is the sharpest and offers the highest magnification. The 12-60 is the most versatile. The 50-200 gives me plenty of wiggle room when I'm working with dangerous stuff like pit vipers. The 50-200 with the ex25 tube gives me a lot of working distance and also decent magnification. It also has the added benefit of a fast depth-of-field transition, so it is very easy to get creamy out-of-focus backgrounds.

    In short, your lens choice depends on the situation. You can't go wrong with any ZD lens.

    Here's one from the 50-200 with the ex25 extension tube.

    Erik Williams

    Olympus E3, E510
    12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD, 50 f/2 macro, EX25, FL36's and an FL50r.

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