Macro(ish) options with Olympus 12-40

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Luke, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I was perusing the Oly 12-40 photo thread and wishing I had $1 for every bee photo I saw there. That thing must focus pretty close. Or are some of you using tubes or an add-on achromat macro lens?
  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    It focus' pretty close and is so sharp that you can also crop pretty tight. Between it nad the 40-150/2.8 close focusing, I find I don't really need a dedicated macro lens.
  3. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    It's so handy for bee shots that I have only recently started to use the 40-150 Pro instead, sometimes. The 12-40 focuses to higher magnification without tubes. I've never tried extension tubes because the lens front element gets pretty close to the subject as is. I sometimes have a problem with the lens casting a shadow in the frame at closest focus, so awareness of your light sources becomes important. It's very sharp, even at the 'unsharp' 40mm end of the zoom range.
  4. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    Yeah the 12-40/2.8 focuses really close, it's kept me from buying a dedicated macro lens, but I don't really do extreme macro stuff (1:2 to 1:1 range), I think the 12-40 is about 1:3 if I recall? Not proper macro but perfect for closeups.
  5. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    I found it to be useless with extension tubes.

    But an excellent CU lens.
  6. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    My photos in the Bees thread were with the bare 12-40mm. I probably wasn't even at the mfd.

  7. Tapper

    Tapper Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2013
    It's pretty good for closeups, but it's not quite macro. I have both the 12-40 and the 60 macro. I'm a macro fan so it's worth it for me to have both, but maybe not everyone.
  8. ahinesdesign

    ahinesdesign Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 6, 2011
    NC, USA
    I have a 12-40 and 60mm macro. Although the 60mm focuses to 1:1, I find that I the 12-40 gets close enough most of the time and tends to hunt less than the 60mm in difficult lighting. I'm on the fence about keeping the 60...
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  9. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Add a Raynox or similar and it gets even better.
  10. Nawty

    Nawty Mu-43 Regular

    May 1, 2015
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