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Hello from a newbie and very novice photographer.
I've just moved up from a point-and-shoot to an Olympus EPM 1, which I love. While the auto mode gives beautiful results, I do want to begin using more advanced techniques and getting a better understanding of how things work.
Mainly I enjoy shooting close-ups of plants and insects. There are two scene settings on the EPM 1 - macro and nature macro, and I can't see any difference between them. Does anybody know?
In any case, I am looking for a dedicated macro lens.
After reading much advice on many forums, I bought a Canon FD 50 mm 3.5 lens and adapter for the EPM 1. However, it isn't working for me, firstly due to its weight - I can't hold it steady - and secondly I hadn't realised how difficult it would be to manually focus for close-up shots. They look sharp in the LCD screen, but are almost always at least slightly out of focus once downloaded. I am persisting with it but it's tending to make shooting a struggle rather than a pleasure.
I'm thinking of buying the Zuiko 35 mm. 3.5 macro lens. Can anybody tell me if this would be a good buy? Will it give sharp close-up images? Will it focus automatically? I presume that it mounts directly onto the EPM 1 body?
Many thanks for any advice.
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Just an idea have you thought of one of these a viewfinder. I have one on my nex 5n and found it very useful
Thanks, Greg, looks like a very useful gizmo. But it wouldn't solve the problem of the weight of the Canon lens, and I would rather spend the money on a macro lens that will auto focus. Grateful for your input, though.
Quote: I'm thinking of buying the Zuiko 35 mm. 3.5 macro lens. Can anybody tell me if this would be a good buy? Will it give sharp close-up images? Will it focus automatically? I presume that it mounts directly onto the EPM 1 body?
The 35mm Macro is a 4/3 lens, you can use it but you will meed an adapter.
The best buy is a wide angle adapter, made by Olympus to fit the two kit lenses, the 14-42 and the 40=150.
There`s an offer for this adapter an Amazon that includes a handy Pen bag, not bad for a little over £40.
Also worth a look would be the evf viewfinder, the vf2 would be better for macro.
Thank you, Paul. I thought the Olympus EPM 1 was a 4/3 camera? The 14-42 kit lens fits it without any adapter.
Yes your EPM1 is a m4/3 camera and takes M4/3 lenses, that 14-42 lens you are using is a M4/3 lens.
If you want to retain auto focus the simplest option is that macro converter attached to your 14-42 M4/3 lens.
Ah, that's the information I am looking for, Paul. Thank you.
I see now that that is what is used for shooting with the macro scene setting on the EPM 1.
Yes there could be a special setting in the menu if your using the closeup adapter.
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