Which lens is your macro substitute ?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Bhupinder2002, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hi Guys..
    All of us don't have a dedicated macro lens and some how we start using one lens as a substitute for a macro lens . My fav lens for macro shots is 4/3 Oly 14-54mm II.I love it and here are some shots. Please tell us about ur make shift macro lens and share some pics .



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  2. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
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    Mine is Teleplus 2X MC7 Macro + OM 50mm F/1.8




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  3. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    By far my favorite substitute macro is the Zuiko Digital 70-300mm f/4-5.6. I'm not sure that really counts though, as technically it is a tele-macro at 300mm when using manual focus. I don't know why Olympus never marketed it as a macro-capable lens, even though it can achieve the same 1:2 magnification ratio as the Zuiko Digital 50mm f/2 macro and many of the OM Zuiko macros.

    This is without any teleconverters or extension tubes:

    And this is with the Zuiko EC-14 1.4x teleconverter:

    My next favorite macro substitute would be the Zuiko Digital 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD. This lens takes wonderfully sharp images, and gets to a little less than 1:4 magnification ratio, which is pretty much the standard for non-macro Zuiko Digital lenses. This lens is still my go-to lens for shooting small products. If the 50-200mm can fill the frame with it, then that's the lens I'll use. Otherwise, I'll switch to a dedicated macro if the 50-200mm can't get in close enough.

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  4. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Real Name:
    Sean Rastsmith
    The closest shot I have to macro is from the Minolta Rokkor 45mm pancake. Heavily cropped. I stuck it on 8x zoom in camera, and minimum focus distance to get this.

  5. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    I used to make use of the Oly 14-42mm mk1 which had a surprisingly short minimum focus..been experimenting recently with a reverse mount setup for macro, using a 28mm 3.5 Olympus OM lens mounted backwards to the sensor.


    A better description of the setup and a few extra shots here:
  6. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 12, 2012
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    Inspired by phrenic I tried out the reversed lens thing. With some silvertape everything worked out quite easily :)
    Ps. Its my first macro shot EVER :)
    All made by the quantaray fd 28mm 2.8
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  7. eno789

    eno789 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    Bay Area, California
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    Panasonic 45-200mm and Achromatic Add-on Lenses

    e.g. Sigma Achromatic Macro +1.6 Diopter

    Chinese House
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    Wind Poppy
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    Wood Strawberry
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  8. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Tamron 90mm f/2.5 adaptall with its 1:1 2x teleconverter or my Takumar 100mm macro. Often paired to a Sunpak GX8R Ring light.

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  9. iGonzoid

    iGonzoid Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 6, 2011
    Tasmania, Australia
    Using the Kenko extension tubes [10+16mm] I have used most of my lenses, to experiment with cheap/different close-ups. The longer lenses seem to do best —*this example being extreme: Leica R Elmarit 180mm f2.8, +26mm extension tubes; @ f8, 1/160s, ISO 200. Longer lenses get you a little further away from subjects, and some insects get twitchy if you get too close with, say, the LP 45mm f2.8 macro.

  10. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Impressive shots .. there are so many alternatives ..:2thumbs::2thumbs:
  11. incabloc

    incabloc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Great macros all round!
  12. LeeOsenton

    LeeOsenton Mu-43 Button Clicker

    Jun 25, 2010
    Hayes, Virginia, U.S.A.
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    Lee Osenton
    Olympus 45mm f/1.8 + Raynox 150

  13. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    I'm not a macro shooter but I am finding it acceptable using the tele end of a zoom for a quick and dirty shot.

    Investing in some extension tubes one of these days.
  14. homerusan

    homerusan Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 25, 2012
    izmir, TURKEY
    i prefer zuiko 50mm f3.5 MF macro lens. it has 1:2 magnification but can get 1:1 with 25mm extension tube.
    cannot upload pics right now but you can check macro shots at my 500px acc :smile:
  15. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
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    That's what I was using until I got the 12-50mm MFT lens.

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  16. arad85

    arad85 Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    Raynox DCR250 on whatever lens I have on. Really impressed TBH (this is from the 12-35) autofocus on the G5


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  17. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  19. flipmack

    flipmack Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2012
    irvine, CA
    I'm using the ZD35/3.5 macro via the MMF-1 adapter.

    It works well, albeit, slowly. AF works, but ain't nobody got time for that*.

    *Reference to this.
  20. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Neither am I. I also thought about tubes and I have access to an old pentax bellows but the inexpensive options with adapted macro lenses are so nice and suite my needs much better.