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StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014801 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2013 - 5:14 AM

The price of the OM-D in North America is now 949.00 USD, compared to the old price of 999.00. It's also down 50.00 on all the combis.

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22 Jan 2013 - 5:14 AM

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Paul Morgan
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22 Jan 2013 - 5:19 AM

Its dropped by 120 with the kit lens here Smile

StrayCat
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23 Jan 2013 - 9:35 PM

With the acquisition of the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro fast approaching, I have been researching lights for macro. When they say a ringlight, etc., is attachable to a lens with an adapter from 52mm-77mm, could that light be attached to the 46mm oly using a step-up ring?

Any of you who have the 60mm aquired a macro ringlight for it yet?

Last Modified By StrayCat at 23 Jan 2013 - 9:35 PM
Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315362 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2013 - 9:38 PM

Why not just get the macro arm light Denny

https://vimeo.com/44157906

StrayCat
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23 Jan 2013 - 10:03 PM

I have been looking at that light Paul. The bugs just might think you're one of them.Smile I need to find more reviews on it.

Thanks,
Denny

StrayCat
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23 Jan 2013 - 10:10 PM

Here are some user comments.

brian1208
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23 Jan 2013 - 10:54 PM

I got myself the Metz 15 ms1 for using with some of my macro work. I've also got the "Feelers" and use my fl600R triggered by the kit flash of a macro bracket.

They each have their uses and shortcomings

The metz is a convenient macro light for those times when you need strong, controllable light but limited to 1/160th sec., high-speed sync not being an option. The light can be a little flat which may be a disadvantage (looks a bit "Book illustration-ish" sometimes)

The "Feelers" work OK for static objects but I find them too underpowered for my bugs, bees and butterflies work

The FL600R on side mount is the most flexible tool as far as I am concerned as it has the option to shoot up to 1/4000th sec in high speed sync mode, has loads of controllable power so I can quickly switch to my 75-300 if I need greater distance for flighty bugs etc

In the spring I'm hoping to experiment using my Interfit EzFlo continuous lighting kit to light plants which are consistent bug attractors to see how that works

As you can see, there are many options Denny and that's part of the fun.

You already have the FL36R if I remember rightly so you could always start with that, triggered by the kit flash you could explore that option and find out where it falls short of your needs, then make the decision which way to go for your next bit of lighting

Enjoy experimenting Smile

Last Modified By brian1208 at 23 Jan 2013 - 10:56 PM
StrayCat
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23 Jan 2013 - 11:39 PM

Thanks Brian. I have the FL36, so I got a cable to go with it.Smile I'd like to have something for bugs; I've seen a few panel lights advertised in Outdoor Photographer. I'll be doing quite a bit of research yet before I buy something.

Cheers,
Denny

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315362 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2013 - 2:03 AM


Quote: The light can be a little flat which may be a disadvantage (looks a bit "Book illustration-ish" sometimes)

I think this is were the magic comes in with the macro arm light thingy, each light has independent power setting.

But I guess you could always rig up a pair of FL36`s, one each side of the lens.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Koolertron-DUAL-ARM-Bracket-MT-24EX-Flashgun/dp/B008FK90...

Or

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/302048-REG/Olympus_260109_TF_22_Twin_Flash...

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 24 Jan 2013 - 2:07 AM
brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110266 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 11:43 AM

Does anyone have experience of using the canon fd 400mm f4.5 on an m4/3rds body?

I've seen one at Ffordes for a reasonable price and the few comments I've been able to find indicate its not a bad lens (but I don't want to waste my money Wink )

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315362 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 6:50 PM


Quote: Does anyone have experience of using the canon fd 400mm f4.5 on an m4/3rds body?

If I wanted to use lenses of that size and weight I`d get a dslr Brian Smile

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110266 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 7:05 PM

Thanks Paul, most helpful! Tongue

Been there, done that - I've got a sigma 400 APO which I have used but its too heavy (3.5lb) and EOS fit so no aperture control. The 400 fd is a bit lighter (2.5lb) and, I believe, has an aperture control ring.

It will only be used for a very specific purpose, shooitng Kingfishers and the like, so will be 'pod mounted.

Now, anyone else out there not gone back to DSLR and had a go with this please? Grin

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315362 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 7:23 PM

I take it its got a collar, I wouldn`t want that much weight stressing the mount.

Longest I go to is 200mm even that`s quite heavy, the advantage is the x2 is an 800mm with a f4.5 aperture, has its uses Smile

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110266 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 8:20 PM

yes, it has a collar and, as you say, 800mm f4.5 with IS in the body can't be all bad Wink

I used the fd 200f4 on my G1 and it was a cracking little lens for the money (about 40 if I remember right). The 400 f4.5 is a bit more though which is why I'm hoping someone can advise how it works with the EM-5

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315362 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 8:54 PM

With some of these older lenses you have to watch out for the CA, most improve shut down a few stops.

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