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Macro lens for Olympus OMD EM5

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by ConChuot, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. ConChuot

    ConChuot Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    I just bought a OMD EM5 with 14-42mm kit lens. I am trying to buy additional lens. I had Canon XSi before. I am consider an amateur photographer. Since I am new to this format and I plan to buy additional lens, please recomment me good lens for:
    - Marcro
    - Walk around lens for landscape and portrait.

    I appreciate your inputs. Thanks.
  2. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    What's your budget?

    You already have a 'walk around lens' for landscape, where you tend to shot stopped down anyway. For portraiture I'd recommend something like that 45/1.8 as a relatively cheap option, Macro is covered by either the PL 45/2.8 Macro (which can double as a portrait lens, although it's not particularly speedy) or the Olympus 60/2.8 Macro (which will also do portraits and is probably a better option for subject separation than the 45/2.8, but not as good as the 45/1.8)
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  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    I'd suggest getting the 45/1.8 for portraits. For macros, a legacy adapted lens is probably best unless you desperately need AF (which is generally not helpful with macros, particularly short ones). I've had reasonable luck with the Nikon 55/3.5 AI-S on a $10 adapter off eBay.

    Good luck.
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  4. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    Because of the wonderful IBIS (image stabilization) any number of legacy macro lenses would work and be significantly cheaper than either Oly or PanaLeica options. The 20mm pancake and 45 Oly would be great lowlight options for $300 ish used.
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  5. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I've had very good success with the Olympus 60mm and the Micro-Nikon 55mm f/3.5 w/adapter. The Micro-Nikkor and adapter you should be able to find for about $100 total (the adapter is sold separately).

    DMC-GF1    ---    0mm    f/1.0    1/320s    ISO 100

    Micro-Nikkor w/GF1

    DMC-GF1    ---    0mm    f/1.0    1/500s    ISO 400

    Micro-Nikkor w/GF1

    The PL25mm makes a nice walk-around (a bit long for some folks):
    E-M5    ---    25mm    f/6.7    1/750s    ISO 400


    Both the PL25mm and the O60mm are a bit pricy. If you're on a budget the P14mm f/2.5 is a wonderful little pancake lens with a good FOV for street and the P20mm also is a steller performer, a pancake and at a bargin price.

    DMC-GF1    ---    45mm    f/5.0    1/4000s    ISO 200

    P14mm w/GF1

    DMC-GF1    ---    20mm    f/13.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    P20mm w/GF1

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  6. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    For my money I'd keep the kit zoom you have and just add the 60mm macro. It also makes a very nice portrait lens. Then maybe the cheap 40-150 if you want something longer.

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  7. ConChuot

    ConChuot Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Thank you everyone for your advise! For now, with my budget, I will keep my kit lense and will get 60mm one and adapter for my Canon lens
  8. ConChuot

    ConChuot Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Thanks. I have few lenses for my Canon Xsi. I will try to buy adapter to continue using my Canon ones
  9. ShrubMonkey

    ShrubMonkey Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 6, 2012
    I've just ordered a Canon FD 50mm f/3.5 macro lens and tube for under £100. I was interested in getting the Olympus 60mm but on the quality of recent Canon FD purchases I decided to give it a try, the bokeh on these old lenses are particular creamy and smooth which i really like.
  10. waffley

    waffley Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 28, 2012
    Just wondered where you got that combo from? Was it eBay? Thank you!
  11. ConChuot

    ConChuot Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Please post your pictures with this lens. Thx.:smile:
  12. asterinex

    asterinex Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 14, 2012
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  13. ShrubMonkey

    ShrubMonkey Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 6, 2012
    Lovely images there asterinex

    Here is a quick shot I took of the OM-D with Canon FD 50mm f/3.5 macro and extension tube attached


    Not a great angle, as it makes it look larger than it is
  14. Gary Ramey

    Gary Ramey Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 27, 2012
    Aurora Colorado
    Why would you need the adapter using the Oly 60mm with the OMD...unless that is an extension tube or diopter
  15. ShrubMonkey

    ShrubMonkey Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 6, 2012
    Not sure if you are referring to my post above? If you are it's not an Oly 60mm, as stated its a Canon FD 50mm
  16. FrayAdjacent

    FrayAdjacent Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    The kit 12-50mm has a neat macro function. I've only played around with it a bit. Not a very fast aperture at the focal length it locks to (43mm, IIRC), but it works pretty well!

    If I end up getting the 12-35 f/2.8 eventually, I'll keep the 12-50mm around just for the macro function.
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