- Mar 23, 2017
- Real Name
- Jan Steinman
Starting with the macro… or an adapted lens... suggestions are welcome
The incredible Olympus OM Zuiko Telescoping Extension Tube and the OM Zuiko 135mm ƒ/4.5 is a great combination that can be had for under US$200 for the pair.
The nice thing about this route is that it is a "gateway drug" for exploration of the full line of range-specific OM Zuiko Macro lenses: 20mm for 16:1, 38mm for 4:1, 80mm for life size, as well as the 135 for greater than life size. Then there's the more general 50mm ƒ/3.5 macro (which is super-sharp and can be had for a song!), and the 50/2 and 90/2 macro lenses.
But you can do focus bracketing† manually with any lens!Old manual focus Nikon 55mm Macro Nikkor. Yes, with a manual focus lens, you cannot do focus stacking.
I've found focus stacking to be fairly limited. There is lots of free/cheap software to stack focus-bracketed images.
†Focus stacking refers to an in-camera process; focus bracketing is an external process, possibly aided by the camera in changing the focus on auto-focus lenses.
Are you an introvert, or an extrovert?whether a fisheye or a telephoto would get more use
My theory is that introverts are more drawn to telephoto and macro, while extroverts are more drawn to wide-angle.
If you're tempted to try fisheye, you might start with a used copy of the Olympus 9mm Body Cap Lens. You can get into that for under US$100, and if you decide you don't like it, you can probably get every cent back.
On the telephoto end, two of my favourite legacy telephotos are the OM Zuiko 500mm ƒ/8 Reflex and the OM Zuiko 300mm ƒ/4.5. Either of these can be had for under US$200 with careful shopping.