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Olympus OM-D EM-5 Discussion


StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
22 Jan 2013 5:14AM
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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Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
22 Jan 2013 5:19AM
Its dropped by 120 with the kit lens here Smile
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
23 Jan 2013 9:35PM
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?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
23 Jan 2013 9:38PM
Why not just get the macro arm light Denny

https://vimeo.com/44157906
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
23 Jan 2013 10:03PM
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 e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
23 Jan 2013 10:10PM
Here are some user comments.
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2013 10:54PM
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
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
23 Jan 2013 11:39PM
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 e2
13 16.1k 6 England
24 Jan 2013 2:03AM

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/B008FK90CG

Or

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/302048-REG/Olympus_260109_TF_22_Twin_Flash_Set.html
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 11:43AM
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 e2
13 16.1k 6 England
27 Jan 2013 6:50PM

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 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 7:05PM
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 e2
13 16.1k 6 England
27 Jan 2013 7:23PM
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 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 8:20PM
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 e2
13 16.1k 6 England
27 Jan 2013 8:54PM
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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