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PL 45 or Oly 60 for macro

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by zensu, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    I've been debating the PL 45 and the Oly 60 as a macro lens. I'd like to use the MAL-1 as an add on light for focusing or for just highlighting and I'm afraid the Oly 60 would be too long for this purpose but the PL 45 might give me a few inches (being shorter) to allow the MAL-1 lights. Of course using the Oly 60 might give me more working room from the subject for Remote Flashes designed for working with the RC feature on my E-PL5. I would appreciate any advice or experience you may have to offer.
     
  2. dave92029

    dave92029 Mu-43 Regular

    157
    May 7, 2010
    Escondido, CA
    Oly 60mm arrives today

    I'm currently waiting on UPS to deliver my 60mm today.

    The IQ/ sharpness of both is suppose to comparable, the PL45 cost 1.5X that of the Oly, and I use the E-M5.

    Like all choices between Oly and PL both look good. :2thumbs:
     
  3. dave92029

    dave92029 Mu-43 Regular

    157
    May 7, 2010
    Escondido, CA
    UPS arrived!

    Jack "volunteered" to be my first subject with the 60mm.

    Thanks jack!
     

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  4. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    You can make out an impressive amount of detail in the window reflected in his eye.
     
  5. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    Rumors...

    I've read posting on some website (not sure which) that the Oly 60mm Macro is nick-named "God's Lens" in Japan. The cat's eye photo confirms that rumor!
     
  6. vcs700s

    vcs700s Mu-43 Regular

    54
    Jan 9, 2013
    Get the 60 2.8.

    The macro arm light works perfect with it. Plenty long.

    Great lens. The 45 will not get as close as the 60.

    By the way I own both of them.:biggrin:
     
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  7. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    What do you mean by this?

    The 45 is 1:1 and I thought the 60 was 2:1...
     
  8. Boneyard

    Boneyard Mu-43 Regular

    186
    Oct 5, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Actually the "God's Lens" referenced the 4/3 Olympus 50/2 Macro, considered nearly as technically perfect as any lens made to that point. The website you're referring to is Robin Wong's 60mm preview.

    The 60 is certainly no slouch from the images it has produced and I could see it replacing the 50/2 for that title in some peoples eyes eventually...
     
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  9. jziegler

    jziegler Mu-43 Veteran

    261
    Dec 15, 2012
    Salem County, New Jersey
    James
    The 60 does 1:1. It's even marked as such on the lens.
     
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  10. vcs700s

    vcs700s Mu-43 Regular

    54
    Jan 9, 2013
    45 mfd is about 19"
    60 mfd is about 7"
     
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  11. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Wrong 45 - that's the 45/1.8

    The PL45/2.8 is 6" MFD

    Doesn't Oly claim the 50/2 is a 1:1 macro also, by (erroneously) claiming the crop factor?
     
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  12. JStheoriginal

    JStheoriginal Mu-43 Veteran

    271
    Mar 9, 2013
    Canada
    Justin
    My Oly 50/2 says 1:2
     
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  13. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    Both are 1:1

    Specs for both claim 1:1 and don't mention crop factors. The O 60mm mfd is 7.4" while the PL 45mm mfd is 6".
    So apparently the Oly gives a greater working distance (and more diffused background) for working with flash and the MAL-1. The MAL-1's two LED flexible arms are 6.7" long so the PL 45 would give you 0.8" more working distance for this LED setup.
    Still a lot to think about besides 1.5X cost!
     
  14. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    Thanks

    Thanks Dave in Wales, both links were very informative and convinced me that for now I going with my zoom (40-150) and an old Canon 500D close up diopter I found in my old photo knick knack drawer. If this doesn't give me the results I'd like to get I'll go for the Raynox and see if it improves on the 500D. If neither of those work, well I'll have to rethink the macro lens again.
    Bobby