Lens zoom with macro best choice...

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by PantelisMor, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. PantelisMor

    PantelisMor Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013
    hi guys.

    i want to find a good, cheap if its possible lens with good macro.... plz send me your choices..


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  2. Good and cheap dont necessarily go hand and hand....

    Zooms with macro functionality are not true macros and often rather limiting...

    How cheap is cheap?

    Only considering native AF lenses, I think there is only one MFT zoom with macro feature.... Olympus 12-50mm.
  3. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    As above, the m.ZD 12-50mm

    - 'Proper' macro
    - Decent image quality
    - Weather-sealed (to go with your sealed OMD)
    - 12mm wide-angle (most kit lenses are 14mm)
    - Reasonably cheap
  4. Tom_Chan

    Tom_Chan Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Aug 19, 2013
    Palo Alto, CA
  5. Tom_Chan

    Tom_Chan Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Aug 19, 2013
    Palo Alto, CA
    Oh another choice would be 40-150mm with the macro converter that gives you 0.47x max. magnification.
  6. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    The new Olympus 12-40 goes down to .3x which is almost as close as the 12-50's .33x. It's pretty expensive but makes the 12-50 look cheap ;)

  7. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    If you don't need much working distance, the macro mode on the 12-50/3.5-6.3 is definitely the simplest solution. If you do need working distance, consider a secondhand 4/3 Olympus 70-300/4.5-5.6. It goes to 1:2 for macro and gives you plenty of distance to your subject. It's also CDAF-optimized so the AF is fairly usable.
  8. Edmunds

    Edmunds Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 16, 2012
    The Olympus 14-150mm gives 0.24x macro, and of course it allows you to shoot at bigger distances with more available light. Its excellent if you don't need to photograph really small stuff really close.

    Some pics I have taken:



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