oly 35mm 3.5 macro with 4/3 adapter

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by shoturtle, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
    Since oly does not and has not come out with a m4/3 macro, and the panny leica 45mm macro is just way over price. I went with the 4/3 macro with the adapter. It is still a small enough lens so it does not disrupt my compact travel camera kit that the epl1 is for me. With the adapter and lens it was still a sub 300 dollar true macro setup.

    It takes excellent macro for hand held close up, and if you do mount it on a tripod it gets some decent 1:1 results. Do not try to put a ex25 extension tube on it, while it will work, it will give next to no working distance but you get 1.63:1 mag, way over kill.

    Here are some hand held result with the 35mm 3.5. AF works, a tad slow, but MF will yield better results if 1:1 is your goal. None are cropped, and all but the bee and white flower were OOC.
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  2. Maczero

    Maczero Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 13, 2010
    That's encouraging, since I have just acquired an E-PL1 body and have the 35mm from my Oly DSLR kit. Love your images. Thanks for the inspiration.
  3. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
    You are welcome, it is a good little lens. I like it allot.
  4. Jerry_R

    Jerry_R Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    Show us real macro, not just close-ups :)
    More isolated subjects.

    Honestly speaking, these shots are just nice, nothing more. For me 45mm is not overpriced, but there is no sense to discuss it. Samples in below thread are much more better macro shots:
    Fun with the Lumix/Leica 45 macro - The GetDPI Photography Forums

    Also 90mm (@35mm) focal is much more unviersal, not only for macro - at least for me.

    To sum up - 35m f/3.5 Macro is fine lens, an alternative, but you won't get the same, as with 45mm Macro, that is also very sharp and renders color nicer to eye than 20mm (probably important when photographing people).

    Maybe show us more samples - both macro and some portraits?

    Here you can find some portraits with 45mm Macro - not even with widely open lens, but closed a little:
    Greenfield Village - a set on Flickr
  5. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
    Here is a link to true macro testing with the 35mm 3.5 on a tripod I did back when I got the lens and camera. It is a good inexpensive setup. I got the lens and adapter off of ebay for 220 total. Really good macro for a 220 dollar kit. I just do not think putting a leica lens on the epl-1 is a good value as adding the marco, plus the 20 1.7 and evf.
    EPL-1 Macro test with oly 35mm 3.5 - Steve's Digicams Forums
  6. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
  7. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
    I do not use the 35mm 3.5 except for macro. But here are some snaps with the lens on non macro subjects.
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