Macro shots with E-M5/Oly 60mm/Raynox DCR-250 (high res.)

Discussion in 'Nature' started by pake, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    A brief presentation what E-M5 can do with these accessories:
    - Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro
    - kit flash with a customized diffuser
    - Raynox DCR-250

    All these cropped shots below are taken hand held and displayed here at ~2000px width to demonstrate the level of detail this combination can deliver. All the following insects were really tiny (even the biggest fly was less than 1cm long).

    Obviously these pictures are at their best when viewed fullsized on Flickr.

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    EDIT (2016/07/30):

    A few more...

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  2. Laurence

    Laurence Mu-43 Rookie

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    Wonderful images, I used a Raynox on my old Canon gear but I'm certainly up for buying the 250 now!
     
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  3. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Rob
    Beautiful.
     
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  4. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Excellent results. I am impressed at how much DoF you've managed to get with those magnifications, which I imagine must be close to 2:1! Really impressive. Lots of compound eye detail, which is an easy yardstick for image quality and general "nailing it."

    I think adding flash to my macro work is probably the next step I'll need to take to improve results, but I've been very impressed with the capabilities of those Raynox adapters. My DCR-150 on the humble Panasonic 100-300 means that I'm a lot less likely to take out a dedicated macro lens these days.
     
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  5. Laurence

    Laurence Mu-43 Rookie

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    @pake@pake: what do you mean by "high res"? I thought only the E- M5ii had this capability.
     
  6. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    You can choose the image size for BBCODE-links on Flickr. I usually select 1600px wide images (so it won't break the forum layout that easily) but this time I deliberately chose 2048px. So these pictures are definitely not the "HiRes" photos E-M5II can produce.

    EDIT: And I just noticed that the layout won't get broken anymore even when the pictures are way too wide - instead they're resized by the browser (at least with FF). Anyway, these pictures are bigger than I usually put on display.
     
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  7. Laurence

    Laurence Mu-43 Rookie

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    Ahh, I understand now, thanks.
     
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  8. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    Thank you. :) I've limited my use of aperture to f/14 so far but I want even wider DoF so I'll be testing f/16 next time I shoot. But to be honest I'm afraid the diffraction kicks in too much and even more aggressive sharpening in PP won't be able to fix that. But we'll see... ;)

    When I first started to use flash (and a diffuser) for my macro work I noticed a huge jump in IQ. The next huge jump came after I customized the diffuser a bit since it allowed me to increase the shutter speed to 1/250s. I guess the next jump could come by buying a new flash (to get faster recharge cycle) or a new camera. For some reason I'm never fully satisfied and I need to improve constantly (= life of a perfectionist... :biggrin: ).

    My advice is to learn to use a flash (+ diffuser) if you want to get better macro shots. Even though I'm satisfied with the IQ of Raynox lenses I might be tempted to buy the unreleased Olympus 30mm since it offers 2:1 magnification. Why? Because the Raynox lens messes up autofocus too much. It's definitely still useable but it does misfocus a lot.
     
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  9. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    A few pictures added to the opening post.
     
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  10. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Teemu
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    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

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  12. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Veteran

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    Really nice shots.

    Would you mind posting a shot of your diffuser setup and how you setup your camera.
    I have just picked up the Olympus FL600R to go with my E-P5 and need to make some sort of diffuser tube. I have noticed that the FL-600R shoots too far in front of my lens so I need to bend the light down a bit.
     
  13. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    Thanks! I'll grab a photo and write something when I get home.
     
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  14. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    Forgot to take the photo but here's the diffuser I use: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/universal-Inflatable-Flash-Speedlight-Diffuser-for-Canon-Nikon-Sony-Pentax-DSLR-/252133642042

    Hardware/ISO/Aperture/Shutter:
    I use the E-M5 kit flash, the mentioned diffuser and a Raynox DCR-250 with a step-up(?) adapter. I usually shoot in manual mode with ISO set to 200 (if possible). I aim to use f/14 but sometimes when there's not enough light I have to use smaller aperture - like f/9. Shutter speed varies as well. I start with something like 1/160 s and adjust it based on the exposure of the first (test) picture. I try not to go slower than 1/60 but it depends on the subject - if it's static I might even try 1/40 or even slower if the lighting is poor.

    I have saved my macro settings to a MySet so I won't forget to change any of the important settings when switching from e.g. landscape photography to macro. And I think I have the "EVF boost" (or whatever it's called) on but I'm not sure. I can check that later...

    Focusing:
    I use auto focus which can be a bit too slow or inaccurate when there's a Raynox lens attached but it's still good enough. I prefer to use the smallest focus box (in center) but sometimes I need to use the magnify-button to bring up either 5x or 7x box (in either zoomed in or zoomed out mode - depends on the subject/case) in order to get the auto focus to focus properly. If I shoot a static object I might even use manual focus.

    I'd prefer shooting with burst mode with a constant light but since I don't have a powerful enough light I'd be happy with a flash that recharges in less than second... Meanwhile I'm stuck with this kit flash and waiting 2-3s between single shots.

    Tripods/monopods:
    I used to shoot totally handheld but now I prefer a small monopod. I borrowed a small, cheap monopod that had minimum height of something like 10-15cm and a ball bearing head. I loved it but unfortunately I haven't found it anywhere and the most similar one that I bought from eBay was "flimpsy" and less comfortable to use. So the search for the perfect, lightweight, short monopod continues...
    The way I use the monopod varies: sometimes I "rest" it against the ground and sometimes against my thigh or knee. I might even press it against my stomach if the subject is at a higher level (above 1 meter from the ground).

    I guess those are the most important things when shooting. After shooting session I use both Lightroom and Photoshop to do some cropping, sharpening, noise reduction and so on. Hope you'll find this short summary helpful. :)
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2016
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  15. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

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  16. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Veteran

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    Thanks for the description and the link to the diffuser. I was going to make one but I will try ordering the one in your link. I could not buy the materials for that price. Only problem is weather they will ship just one item at that price.
     
  17. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Spectacular!
     
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  18. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    They will. At least they did. My first order was just one copy (free postage) and as soon as I realized how amazing it was I ordered two more - just in case. :D
     
  19. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Veteran

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    Yes it looks like they accepted the order. I ordered two as that was all they listed last night.
     
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  20. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Wow, amazing stuff :thumbup:
    So you put that ridiculous inflatable diffuser thingy on the tiny EM5 flash to get that light? Wow. I have to dig up my flash and start practising some macro. I usually don't have the patience but it's so fascinating.
     
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