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    SUSIEK
    SUSIEK  7
    2 Sep 2012 - 10:45 AM

    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. Sad

    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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    dairylab
    dairylab  6 England
    2 Sep 2012 - 11:30 AM

    Just an idea have you thought of one of these a viewfinder. I have one on my nex 5n and found it very useful

    Greg

    SUSIEK
    SUSIEK  7
    2 Sep 2012 - 3:30 PM

    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. Smile

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315244 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Sep 2012 - 4:10 PM


    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.

    http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/pen-camera_pen_21693_accessory_mcon-p01__macro...
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-PEN-Macro-Travel-Kit/dp/B005OO53VS/ref=sr_1_3?s=...
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-VF-2-Electronic-Viewfinder-Black/dp/B0037BRRXC/r...

    Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 2 Sep 2012 - 4:11 PM
    SUSIEK
    SUSIEK  7
    2 Sep 2012 - 4:34 PM

    Thank you, Paul. I thought the Olympus EPM 1 was a 4/3 camera? The 14-42 kit lens fits it without any adapter.

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315244 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Sep 2012 - 4:39 PM

    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.

    SUSIEK
    SUSIEK  7
    2 Sep 2012 - 4:58 PM

    Ah, that's the information I am looking for, Paul. Thank you. Smile

    I see now that that is what is used for shooting with the macro scene setting on the EPM 1.

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315244 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Sep 2012 - 6:44 PM

    Yes there could be a special setting in the menu if your using the closeup adapter.

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