Pen E-PL1 with "Big Gun" Canon 200/4 FD Macro

naturecloseups

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Finally all set up to use the Canon FD 200mm/f4 Macro using the Novoflex MFTCAN adapter.

Using this is rewarding but not easy. A macro lens with angle of view equivalent to a 400mm lens on 35mm is unwieldly to say the least. One has to get used to a certain flavor or zone focusing -- estimating the subject distance and setting the focus right to that approximate guess then pointing it around to spot the subject -- is necessary.

And BTW -- the VF-2 EVF is awesome in real life use too. Today was the first day out with the VF-2.

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Here are a couple from today's keepers using this lens -- uncropped full-frame as ever. The lens has a subtle "bite" that is difficult to explain -- less contrast than the 105/4 micro nikkor but nearly as sharp - is how I would put it.

Also, the "unwieldlyness" is more than made up for by the sheer ability of subject isolation due to narrow AoV. It may not look that way but both subjects below were inside thick undergrowth.

Ringlet butterfly

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Banana Skipper feasting on bird dropping -- nearing the end of its life and a bit worse for wear like the previous one, but at least the wing is not as chipped as the last one

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Still using the 200mm/f4 Canon FD Macro. Today was a particularly bad day. Too much wind, too much rain, too bad light -- there's nothing that was good. Just a handful of keepers in nearly 6 hours.

The only consolation was the lens. The working distance is nothing "short" (pardon the pun) of enjoyable!

Yellow Skipper

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Common Indian Tree Frog, in very dull lighting before evening

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Brown Skipper

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pictor

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Thank you very much for showing! Now I know, that I must have an adapter for my 200mm macro!
 

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very very interesting pictures, well done!

i wonder too which tripod and sphere u r using
can u give us some details on it?
ciao
 

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These are Beautiful and well worth the effort and considerable time you took to capture them.
 

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Thanks everyone, still coping with the paradigm shift from SLRs to m4/3 but I think I'm getting there ..

Mongrello, the tripod is a Gitzo Explorer G2228 4-section carbon fiber tripod, the ballhead is the Acratech Ultimate V1.

very very interesting pictures, well done!

i wonder too which tripod and sphere u r using
can u give us some details on it?
ciao
And of course, the 200mm macro continues to be the best lens for "pulling out" subjects hidden away behind leaves and bushes.

Grasshopper tucked away inside a bush

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Great photos!

I always though that such a long macro lens would be nigh on useless. Obviously my assumption is incorrect. I was going to save my pennies for the Panny 45/2.8 macro but this will cause me to reconsider my approach. Of course the answer is both ;)
 

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Thanks so much for posting your setup and some samples. I was having a hard time finding much info on using this lens on m43. I'm looking for something to improve on the 4/3 70-300 for macro. That's a great lens with great working distance but I'd like to get a little sharper, a little closer and pull out more detail. For full size butterfly and dragonfly shots the 70-300 is great, but try to get in close for eye detail or shoot something smaller like a damselfly and I can't get the detail I want. It looks like the FD 200 might be worth me trying...if I can find one at the right price :)
 

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Wow, that's a heck of a macro lens! Great photos especially considering how tricky it can be to shoot with a long macro lens like that. Great DOF control.
 

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great macro shots! i would say that those images are really sharp! how far are you from the insects when you shot them? can this macro lens do more than 1:1 magnification? thanks for sharing :)
 

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I always though that such a long macro lens would be nigh on useless.
Long macro == long working distance. Absolutely necessary if the subject is a skittish bug.

Of course the other option (I don't do this) is to gas and preserve the bug (as if for a collection) then take it back to natural surroundings for a reshoot. Then you can take all the time you want. ;-)
 

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It looks like the FD 200 might be worth me trying...if I can find one at the right price :)
The last part is the important factor. Inspired by NC(most of my macro gear was suggested by him and he is spot on) I have tried a lot on ebay and craigslist, but haven't found anything that was affordable.
 

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