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Old 01-02-2012   #1
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First post!

I have an Olympus e500 SLR (I don't think I am stretching its boundaries!) and would like to get hold of a macro lens.

Any experience or recommendations would be gratefully received.

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First post!

I have an Olympus e500 SLR (I don't think I am stretching its boundaries!) and would like to get hold of a macro lens.

Any experience or recommendations would be gratefully received.

Peter
Hi Peter As Mod of the other slr sections i have moved your thread here in hope that you will get the best of help , welcome here at PC and share some work.. cheers Dirk

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Peter,

from Olympus you have the 35mm f/3.5 and 50mm f/2.0. I tried both for a short time to finally get the 50mm f/2.0. This one is a really great portrait lens, sharp even wide open and I'd say one of the best lenses available for the 4/3rd system. The 35mm f/3.5 was a nice lens, but I found it too short for my taste.

That's all there is. If you need more, there's also the Olympus macro extension tube, but that was it. It's one of the drawbacks of the 4/3 system. The few lenses you can get are usually very nice, but your choice is very limited.

The rest are just manual lenses with an adapter to the 4/3 mount. Here you can get pretty much any second hand lens or bellow system, just make sure you get the right 4/3 adapter for it too. If your camera has live-view (I'm not sure if the E500 already had it), manually focussing isn't that much of a problem as the camera is on a tripod anyway. Depending on what kind of macros you make, this might be the best option or the worst.

There are also some lenses you can add in front of your regular lens. I got one of those with the 14-54mm for free and can't really say that it worked. Perhaps the macro filter lens just happened to be of bad quality, but I never was able to get really satisfactory results with it. I too bundled it with the lens when I sold my 14-54mm.

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The 70-300mm is also considered to be acceptable as a macro lens in that it's minimum focusing distance is 38".

ED 70-300mm f4.0-5.6

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Thank you for your responses. I will look for a 50mm F2 I think.

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There's also the Sigma macros: 105mm and 150mm in 4/3 mount. Not sure if they are available new anymore, but you can find them used now and then. I have the 105 and like it a lot.
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Thank you for your responses. I will look for a 50mm F2 I think.

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Peter -- love my 50mm. It is clear & crisp and fast! Here's a quick sample. Miss Prudence.

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