- Apr 20, 2020
- Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia
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I do admit that the article I learned that information was quite old (about 10 years ago) and most lenses were not designed for close miminum focus distance unless it was a macro or 3rd party lens, Tamron and Sigma had the reputation of having close focus capabilities more often the major brand ones.
Greywolf,I do admit that the article I learned that information was quite old (about 10 years ago) and most lenses were not designed for close miminum focus distance unless it was a macro or 3rd party lens, Tamron and Sigma had the reputation of having close focus capabilities more often the major brand ones.
This has changed quite a lot and both Panasonic and Olympus have introduced close focus capabilities on most of their lenses including the zoom lenses.
On your example the Oly 50-200mm had a pretty good minimum focus distance on its own (compared to the same era Canon and Sony 100-400mm or Nikon 80-400mm, can't remember the specs for Pentax DA* 50-250mm) and adding the extension tubes helps quite a bit as well. I'm not saying they are not worth it though.
No offence taken at all, and thank you for your thoughts. Whatever the case, I love to tinker and play with rules so I will try anything once , and if I get the picture I want by being different then I don't hesitate to do so. That's the advantage of being unschooled in the science of photography - I don't have to worry about what other people say....lolNot sure if you know this, and I do apologise if you do), but extension tubes are most effective with wide angle optics while magnification optics (Raynox for example) works best with telephoto optics and if you use them the opposite way their effectiveness is decreasing at square power.
I did the exact same! For $30 too.A possibly counterfeit B+W polarizing filter from CL FOR $30
Yeah I kind of deserve this one though.I did the exact same! For $30 too.
Except it was from EvilBay instead, nominally shipping from Hong Kong? B+W SLIM MRC Digital CPL. Somebody seems to have taken legit photographs of what looks like the real product. Fairly likely not the seller's own picture, though...
and that's why the 4thirds 70-300 is tough to 'upgrade' from. Bulky yes (though not greatly more than native ), but f/5.6 and 1:2 closeups at 300mm. That's just silly bonus talent to throw into a telephoto zoom!We are blessed with the insane close focusing of lenses like the 100-400 (did I mention somewhere I have a 100-400? I think I may have once). It's not always been this way.