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Bushboy

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This is a cracking good lens. Nice to use, pleasantly affordable. I have had this on my cam for a couple months now. Been using it for everything. I have been waiting for this mushroom patiently, now after heavy rains they’ve started. This is the first one up. My favourite mushrooms.
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A few more from the weekend.
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Just received this as a freebie from Olympus to go with my new E-M5 III.
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Nearly posted this in the Panasonic 30mm thread by accident! I've been experimenting wtih Colour Grading in Lightroom. Not sure how successfully.

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Nice, my collection is also mostly from my father-in-law, he was in the navy from WWII through Vietnam, and had about a slide rule per decade until calculators took over. Maybe for another thread!
 

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Tunbridge Wells, UK

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Taken with an Olympus E-M1 Mk II and the 30mm macro lens. One of my favorite lenses and very under-rated.

Bowl of Bubbles
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My username notwithstanding, it had been over a year since I'd been able to dive, thanks to the 'rona (between travel restrictions and my day job- I'm a safety professional for a government entity with over 1600 employees so I've been a bit busy lately). I finally finally finally was able to take some time off for a 3 day weekend on Washington's Hood Canal. The 30 is my default night dive lens, so I put it to good use on 2 night dives. Way back at the beginning of the pandemic I bought a ring light, so these were also my first dives with it.
Many critters seem to have come right out of a cartoon, like this squat lobster
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Another cartoon is this golf ball crab. All the spines.
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This shot would normally be culled, but it shows where the name comes from
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This copper rockfish appears to be preggers, and is also suffering from some eye trauma- most likely from a parasite.
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Cioppino starter kit
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On the second night, I got a little rushed and managed to get some water in the housing while changing over from day dive (12-40 in a dome) to night dive. That caused a bunch of condensation on the front of the macro port. The desiccant tube could only do so much; the close focusing ability of the lens shows the result after carrying the housing front side down. Kinda works as an abstract.
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Despite all the condensation, I got lucky and managed to grab a snap of some free swimming zooplankton attracted to the lights (fairly tight crop, but hey- it's not often you get something like this even close to being in focus.
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I like your fungus shots are they mainly single shot or stacked?
I tried hand held stacking with my EM1.3 but failed badly. Given up for the time being and gone back to my favourite macro camera the EM10.2

I think when this lens goes on special next time I will get one, all the shots i see are far better than what i hear on reviews. Makes me wonder if some people who have reviewed this lens have used it, or just got a bad copy.
 

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All pics 8 jpegs LN stacked in camera, M 5.2
Handheld will need good shutter speed. Because of the low light, I use a tripod with cable release.
I doubt that there are any bad copies of this lens. This lens focuses much faster than the 60. The pics look very similar. I couldn’t tell the difference. The working distance is closer, for stuff that doesn’t run or fly away, it doesn’t matter.
I use this as my standard lens. My kit is M5.2, Panasonic 14/2.5 Olympus 30/3.5 Olympus 40-150R. The gear is all good. Really pleased, no complaints.
 

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Focus stacked:
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My second go at posting this, originally posted in the Panasonic thread 30mm thread. Deleted that one. :dash2:

Took this new lens out a few nights to try it out on some close ups. All hand held and processed in snapseed with a few dubious filters to try and polish a few not so good images.

I purchased this lens with no real use case for it but it looks like a lens I will enjoy using.
One benifit I found it that since the flash mainly goes over the top of you subject I get less shiny spots on the critters.

This leaf curler has a body about 10mm long all up.

first image is the full size photo and was the biggest magnification I could get using a flash at night
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This second image was about a big a crop as I could make without the image completely falling apart
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These a just a few random crickets that I find hard to photograph, especially hand held in the grass where itis hard to not spook then by moving the grass and getting a clear shot as they try to get behind the grass

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A couple abstract tulips shots taken with an Olympus E-M1 Mk II.

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A couple firsts for me. My first true macro lens, and my first Oly lens. I bought this to scan negatives, but like most neophytes had to immediately run around the yard snapping photos.

I am utterly impressed at how well this does handheld. Not sure how much I'll ever get into macro shooting, but I expect it'll do well for the intended purpose.

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Lilac by telecast, on Flickr

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Silver Dollar by telecast, on Flickr
 
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