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E-PL1 + Tamron 90mm/f2.8 = Happy Camper

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by naturecloseups, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. naturecloseups

    naturecloseups Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    Ok, my first adapted lens to be taken outdoors is the Tamron 90mm/f2.8 AF Macro.

    For the last 12 years it has served me very well on slide film and on DSLRs. Now gracing my E-PL1, and still doing a good job!

    Both are uncropped, "full-frame"

    Hoverfly at rest


    Jewel Shield Bug


    And 100% crops attached, have fun locating the body parts in full-frame shots :) 

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  2. et100

    et100 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    Chicago area - USA
    great captures, are they taken at 1:1 magnification?
  3. BartonFlyer

    BartonFlyer Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 21, 2010
    Bolton, UK
    Fabulous - I used to have one with my Sony DSLR kit, it got damaged when I got knocked of my motorbike and I sold it on eBay - but I was always delighted with the quality it delivered - looks like you are too - excellent pictures :) 
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  4. naturecloseups

    naturecloseups Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    et100, thanks. Both are slightly less than 1:1. I would guess perhaps about .8x. Since I was not carrying a focusing rail, staying at 1:1 was bit of a challenge since a tripod alone does not allow for fine-tuning subject distance as well as a rail does.
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  5. naturecloseups

    naturecloseups Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    Couple more using the Tamron 90 macro


    Yet to id, but looks like a species of Lanternfly

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  6. sam_m

    sam_m Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    wow great shots, tack sharp too, well done
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  7. blue

    blue Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 1, 2010
    They're great - the closeup detail in the eye, you can see the individual cells !
  8. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hey mate thanks for showing us these bugs. You have a real knack for getting these shots and I'd havta say also alot of patience.
  9. hmpws

    hmpws Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 24, 2010
    Auckland, New Zealand
    If I get anything similar to those photos, I would be happy too!
  10. Janis

    Janis Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 13, 2010
    Central Texas
    Excellent detail and color! How much did you stop down the lens?
  11. naturecloseups

    naturecloseups Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    Hi Janis -- the first, second and fourth photos were f11, the third one was f8.

  12. Mojeska

    Mojeska New to Mu-43

    Jun 8, 2010
    So what adapter did you use for this lens?
  13. naturecloseups

    naturecloseups Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    These days I use the Voigtlander N/F->m4/3 adapter. A friend is bringing the Novoflex FD->m4/3 adapter from the US.

    On a related note, both my Nikon and Canon FD adapters from Rainbow Imaging (aka jinfinance?) turned out to be misadventures. The Nikon one was plagued by a light leak and the FD one has a slight play at the m4/3 mount end when mounted that causes the E-PL1 live view to black out when rotated (using the "play") to the right. Rather unfortunate, since I paid about $100 for them combined -- which included customs duty and international shipping.

    However -- I am very pleased with my Voigtlander adapter. Solidly made yet nicely tactile -- feels and works like a quality product.

  14. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 20, 2010
    Really nice, close, plenty of detail.

    I was thinking of getting an adapter for my PK/AF mount Sigma EX 105mm f/2.8 Macro. This may have convinced me to get it... I do have a 3 tube extension set in native m/43. And I used it today with my Zeiss ZM 50mm, It was fun and I found out, it was easier to use the LCD for focusing by moving the camera back and forth. It works OK, just really close to the subject.
  15. JoepLX3

    JoepLX3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 13, 2010
    I know about really close too, my LX3 lens got wet because the insects were playing with their legs/wings...

    I am curious what the IQ difference is between (e.g.):
    - Crop of 50 mm F1.8
    - 100 mm F2.8
    - 2x extension tube on 50 mm F1.8

    These picture above look great!!!
  16. Yotsuba

    Yotsuba Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    Hi Naturecloseups

    You didnt use flash, right?

  17. naturecloseups

    naturecloseups Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    Hi Yotsuba -- no I did not use flash for any of these. The lighting was bright yet overcast on both days that looked fine by itself.

  18. julienrl

    julienrl Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 28, 2010
    Ottawa, Ontario
    how close did you have to get?
  19. naturecloseups

    naturecloseups Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 10, 2010
    Julien -- for the Lanternfly shot (the one with orange lipstick :wink:) I was almost at closest focus which is about 10cm (4 inches). The others were about 7-10 inches away.

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