E-P3 built in flash and macro

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by jamespetts, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    I was surprised that this actually works very well. Bought the Olympus 60mm macro lens from the London Camera Exchange this afternoon (interestingly, the sales assistant mentioned how Micro Four Thirds equipment, and the OM-D in particular, did very well, and also agreed that there was a good chance that Olympus would have the 17mm f/1.8 as a kit lens for their E-P3 successor), and tested it with and without the flash.

    The shallow depth of field seems to mean that the sort of photographs that one takes with a macro lens tend to have the relatively flat plane that works well with flash, and the metering system seems to work well enough to avoid the overexposure that seems to plague flash use with close-up photographs on some compact cameras (and also, the lens is not so long so as to cast a shadow in the photograph).

    Here are one or two examples:

    Bowl of cereal by James E. Petts, on Flickr

    Bowl of cereal by James E. Petts, on Flickr

    Raisin by James E. Petts, on Flickr
  2. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Was this shot @ f2.8? How do you like that lens with the E-P3
  3. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Exif says 2.8

    The flash might struggle with f8.....Although Mark B. here does some unbelievable macro work with his bridge cam's built in flash and a homemade diffuser