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    Default Macro lens help for the 4/3 system?

    I've read about a Sigma 105mm macro lens for the 4/3 system and since I'm pretty new to this format (and to DSLRs in general!) I thought I'd ask - is that about the only macro lens of that type available for this format or are there others that would fit the bill also? I'm still feeling my way around the world of interchangeable lenses and I admit I'm not knowledgeable enough to spot a good lens on sight when reading ads yet

    I know that Olympus has a 35mm and a 50mm lens that qualify as "macros" as well (and they're surprisingly inexpensive, even brand-new off Amazon) but I'm looking for a longer reach than what I could get with those - I'd have to get in pretty close and as anyone who's shot insects knows, they generally don't like you getting up close 'n personal with them The 70/300 does WONDERFULLY but it can't get in quite as close as I'd like; are there any other brands of 1:1 lenses similar to the Sigma for this platform?

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    Default Re: Macro lens help for the 4/3 system?

    I know the ec14 attached to my 50 mm does a pretty great job, I wonder what it would it would be like on the 105.
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    Sigma also makes a 150 f2.8 macro.
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    Default Re: Macro lens help for the 4/3 system?

    The Olympus EX-25 fully automatic extension tube works with many lenses. I use it with the 40-150mm Olympus lens.

    I might add that I also have an OM 50mm that I use with an Olympus OM 7mm extension tube and 4/3rds adapter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doofclenas View Post
    Sigma also makes a 150 f2.8 macro.

    Sigma no longer makes the 105mm or the 150mm for 4/3rds. You probably can find a used one if you are patient. The ones you listed are about your only choices for new lenses. There are also some legacy Olympus OM lenses that can be used for macro work but they will be manual focus and you will need an OM to u4/3 adapter.

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    Default Re: Macro lens help for the 4/3 system?

    I shoot with both the 35 and the 50 and use the 50 with the EC 14 and the EC 20 all the time and it works great...

    SEE HERE!

    I also shoot with the 70-300 and use it's close focus capabilities for a macro effect!

    SEE HERE!

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    Default Re: Macro lens help for the 4/3 system?

    Quote Originally Posted by wigpro View Post
    I also shoot with the 70-300 and use it's close focus capabilities for a macro effect!
    At 300mm and 3' away, the Zuiko 70-300mm achieves 1:2 macro. Add an EC-20 and you have 1:1 macro (but no wider than f/11). The EC-14 gets you half-way there with a max aperture of f/8.

    It may not be as sharp as a dedicated macro, but if the TELE part of TELE-Macro is mostly what you're after, then this lens definitely fits the bill. Great for small insects and such...

    With EC-14:


    Without teleconverters:


    Note: It's not worth using the EX-25 extension tube on this lens. The effect of the extension tube works best for the Zuiko 50mm and 35mm macros (turning the 50mm into a 1:1), but is not very effective with a telemacro. Teleconverters work much better with a telemacro lens like this one.
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    Default Re: Macro lens help for the 4/3 system?

    Quote Originally Posted by wigpro View Post
    I shoot with both the 35 and the 50 and use the 50 with the EC 14 and the EC 20 all the time and it works great...

    I also shoot with the 70-300 and use it's close focus capabilities for a macro effect!

    Jim
    Oh, I'm well aware of the 70-300's macro capabilities, I absolutely love that lens - as in here: http://www.annisworld.us/piwigo/gall...e/P6161391.jpg and here:
    http://www.annisworld.us/piwigo/gall...e/P6161376.jpg and this one:
    http://www.annisworld.us/piwigo/gall...e/P6161428.jpg
    Truthfully, the 70-300 is rarely off the camera
    But shots like that are heavily cropped; I practically threw half the photos away to get those images. When you shot that fly - was that a crop? With the 50mm and one of the ECs - about how far away are you standing from the item you want to shoot?

    Thanks to all for your responses thus far - I'm learning as I go

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    Default Re: Macro lens help for the 4/3 system?

    Quote Originally Posted by saburns View Post
    Sigma no longer makes the 105mm or the 150mm for 4/3rds. You probably can find a used one if you are patient. The ones you listed are about your only choices for new lenses. There are also some legacy Olympus OM lenses that can be used for macro work but they will be manual focus and you will need an OM to u4/3 adapter.
    I purchased a used Sigma 105 4/3 mount lens. It was not working when I received it. Returned it and got my money back. Heard later that the Sigma 105 had reliability issues. Also heard (on this forum) that the Sigmas occasionally had QC issues.

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    Default Re: Macro lens help for the 4/3 system?

    Both the Olympus 35 and 50 mm macro lenses are excellent and work well with the EC-14 and EC-20. For longer focal lengths, I use a Nikon F to FourThirds mount adapter with:

    - Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro :: one of the best macro lenses in this focal length ever made. Internal focus, 1:1 with no attachments. Works well with EC-14 too for 1.4:1 magnification.

    - Micro-Nikkor 200mm f4 AI-S ED-IF :: my favorite. 1:2 with no attachments, very robust tripod mount. Used with Nikon TC-300 or TC-301 for matched optical 400mm focal length and 1:1 macro. Internal focus, extraordinary quality.

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    Default Re: Macro lens help for the 4/3 system?

    Have you considered a filter-mount close up lens? The 'diopter' lenses are not great optically, but a two-element add-on lens like the Canon 500D, which I use on my 50-200mm lens, is excellent. I get about 12 inches of working distance at approx. 1:1 with that combo.

    Regarding use of manual focus close up lenses ... AF for macro work is often inaccurate. More effective and faster is to focus by moving the camera back and forth. Don't hesitate to try a MF lens.

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