high-magnification shooting with 12-40/75/40-150(cheap)

lightmonkey

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didnt take the 60 macro with me on vacation, but ended up in a butterflyquarium and made-did with what i had: 12-40 , 75 , and 40-150. so while these arent macros, they were all shot at min focusing distance

note: some were cropped for composition but shown at 1500px length

12-40 @ 40mm f4.0 ISO 320; 16MP final res;

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12-40 @ 40mm f4.0 ISO 200; 7MP final res;

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75 f1.8 ISO 200; 3.5MP final res

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40-150 (cheap version) @ 150mm f5.6 ISO 2000 ; 16MP final res

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40-150 (cheap version) @ 150mm f5.6 ISO 2000 ; 2.5MP final res

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thoughts:
12-40 awesome as expected. tends to back-focus if AF on insect head. or probably i just lean front when firing shutter.

75 .... hard to judge because shot too narrow @ f1.8. but it has highest tendency of all my zuiko lenses to show purple and green vignetting wide open.
also obviously not made for this task so no knock on its low magnification factor (3.5mp final image)

the not-so-surprise from this group is the 120$ tele zoom. its a steal. ive maintained at equivalent FL and aperture itll go toe to toe with the 45 and 75.
even at the absolute end of zoom range, and at its maximum aperture, it looks much nicer than 120$ has the right to be.
thats also ISO 2000 on the b&w version. and there is no posterization - thats what the pattern on butterfly looks like.
the second photo is low-res because of pond limiting my distance.



lesson-learned from having never done this before: for anything small, f5.6 at the widest !
 

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