What's the point? Macro-Elmarit 45/2.8

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Lew, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. Lew

    Lew Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 10, 2013
    It's clearly a cool lens .... but
    1. Why would anyone ever turn off OIS?
    2. Why would you want to limit its full focusing capabilities?
  2. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    You'd want OIS off when using a tripod.

    If you limit the focusing, it's faster to achieve the focus you want.
  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    1) Image stabilisation on a tripod is not recommended
    2) When autofocussing in macro you don't want it hunting all the way to infinity

  4. DeoreDX

    DeoreDX Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 13, 2013
    You don't want to use ois on a tripod.

    Limiting focal distance can make focusing faster if you don't need close focusing.
  5. Muntjack

    Muntjack Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 26, 2010
    What they said and also you don't want OIS on an Olympus camera.

  6. Lew

    Lew Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 10, 2013
    I can see that OIS isn't needed on a tripod, but why would it hurt?
  7. Muntjack

    Muntjack Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 26, 2010
    OIS creates it's own vibration.
  8. scott

    scott Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 15, 2010
    What they all said--except that the focus limiter cuts out the macro end, not the distant end, of the focus range. I used it quite a bit until my lens (which I bought used) stopped focusing at all and I had to return it. Now I'm waiting for another affordable one to come along, because it's a great lens.
  9. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I wish the limiter switch worked both ways - either locking in macro mode or distance mode. The only complaint I have about this lens is the time it takes to figure out which mode to be in.