E-PL1 14-42mm close focus

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Robert Watcher, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Thought I'd see for myself what the close focus abilities of the Olympus E-PL1 with 14-42mm kit lens is.

    Some memory cards are sitting on my desk and so my subject matter is very informal and hastily done. Exposure is f5.6 @ 1/15'th 2000 ISO.

    Close focus distance from lens to subject is around the same roughly 4 inches when shooting either long 42mm setting or wide 14mm setting. AF was used. Even though the Green in-focus light displayed at closer distances, I only went as close as when I could still hear the focus confirm "beep". These are full frame images.

    @ 42mm (about 2 1/4" wide subject)

    @ 14mm (about 7" wide subject)
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  2. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    I personally love the close focus ability of the lens, but I have found that when taking pictures of flowers, for example, the camera can have a hard time getting focus lock if there is little contrast on the flower, or subject in general. I find myself using MF a good bit when doing macro's with this lens. Then again, I'm calling them macro's, and according to the other thread, I might be incorrect:doh:.
  3. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Yes, I love the close focusing ability of this lens too...

    E-P1 + mZD 14-42mm f3.5-5.6
    1/1250s f/6.3 at 42.0mm iso400
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  4. Vidar

    Vidar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2009
    Bergen, Norway
    I love that picture Brian :thumbup:
  5. Jim

    Jim Mu-43 Rookie

    May 30, 2010
    Wow, Brian that is a lovely picture. I am actually pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to take close up pictures with this lens. :smile:

    E-P1 14-42mm - Unfortunately not sharp enough, but still nice.
    E-P1 14-42mm
  6. dcisive

    dcisive Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 19, 2010
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jeez Brian you're brave. You wouldn't catch me getting that close to a bee. I prefer to have a 200-300mm lens for stuff like that. :tongue:
  7. ChristopheG

    ChristopheG Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 4, 2010
    Usually I do close focusing in my profession.