Topic: First Try Out: Olympus Digital 50mm f2 macro ED 4/3 Lens

For some time I have been aware of the reputation of this lens, both as a macro lens and as a portrait lens. I decided to check out reviews and was very impressed, just as one became available at well under £200. DP Review “Certainly in terms of the studio results, it's the nearest we've yet found to a technically perfect lens”.

I am very pleased with the manual performance of my Kiron 105mm but can see potential for an AF lens giving a different perspective e.g. for flowers. Also. I have some Olympus 4/3 lenses, TCs and adapters. So, as of yesterday, the lens is mine. I have spent only a few minutes with it.

Life is strange. Before I was persuaded to move into digital I was complaining that I would not be able to cope without full aperture focusing and exposure. Having worked exclusively with stopped down lenses, for macro, for several years, I now find full aperture is going to take some getting accustomed to.

First I set up some pot pourri with some varied textures and fine details. For that I used my standard macro of f16 and flash (aperture priority, rather than the usual manual mode).

The outdoor shots (aperture priority) were a mixture sun and cloudy, with a lot of air movement, especially for the poppy (last image). For the poppy, I found that if I got the lens focused (AF) and the flower then moved before I could press the shutter release, and if I waited for it to return, and pressed the shutter release, the AF got it sharp.

These images are just a quick test of unaccustomed AF and full aperture shooting.

The crosseye stereo, at f9 is a stop or two wider than my standard for these.

So, apart from selecting the aperture,  I was not as in control of the lens as I would like to have been but the results are encouraging. I suppose I had better hang on to it, if only to keep it out of the hands of some wannabe portrait photographer. smile

EM-1, Olympus Digital 50mm 1:2 macro ED 4/3 Lens, (f16, f9, f9, f9, f11), hand-held.

Harold

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Re: First Try Out: Olympus Digital 50mm f2 macro ED 4/3 Lens

Since I posted this I have been outside and tried it (just focusing, no exposures) on non-macro.

I find the autofocus fast, with sometimes a little delay e.g if you last used it on infinity and open up on close-up. It is more than fast enough for me. I wish I could say the same for my 70-300.

The main point of this comment is that, as the review said, it is distinctly susceptible to flare if pointed in the general direction of the sun. However, I don't currently have a hood.

Harold

Last edited by e6filmuser (2016-10-10 13:14:45)

Re: First Try Out: Olympus Digital 50mm f2 macro ED 4/3 Lens

Sunlit Flowers with Olympus 4/3 50mm f2

The images from this lens which I posted previously were shot within an hour of receiving it and were mainly just to see if the lens was OK.

Today I went out into my garden to take advantage of the sun and to photograph possibly the last insects of the season. I covered from moderate closeups to the 1:2 maximum magnification of the lens. I wanted hand-held daylight exposures.

As a user of stopped-down manual lenses for such images, I have some observations. They are subjective but based on many thousands of shots over several years. Firstly, close to its closest working distance the lens would hunt a lot and sometimes locked focus way back for the subjects and fired the shutter. Alternatively, its searching and delayed exposure allowed the insect to depart before the shutter was released. These are features of the camera but I would have got the job done quicker without AF.

A feature of the lens is that I am sure that the motor noise startled some hoverflies, although bees were more tolerant. The beep confirming focus lock also put some flies to flight.

Here are some flowers shot with AF and aperture priority. The first was at f8, the others at f11. I have given some parts of the flower centres additional local sharpening.

The stereo is crosseye. It has shallower DOF than I would normally use and could be improved.

EM-1, Olympus Digital 50mm f2 macro ED 4/3, hand-held.

Harold

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Re: First Try Out: Olympus Digital 50mm f2 macro ED 4/3 Lens

Hoverflies Through Oly 50mm f2 With AF
These are from the same session as the bumble Bees, where I used AF and sunlight exposure rather than MF and flash.

All were at ISO 400, the first two at f11, the third (& crop) and last at f14, and 1/200, 1/160, 1/200 and 1/80 second.

The fourth is a crop of the third and the fifth a ca 70% crop.

The last two were lit from behind, f14 1/400 & f11 1/250. I toned the highlights down considerably but the second one is still harsh.

EM-1,(aperture priority, IS 5 way), MMF-2 adapter, Olympus Digital 50mm 1:2 Macro ED, hand-held.

Harold

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Re: First Try Out: Olympus Digital 50mm f2 macro ED 4/3 Lens

Beautiful series , Harold : the fourth image is the most spectacular .

I am a Pentacon and kiev( MF and35 mm) user,and also :contaxII,III,IIa  ,contaflex , contarex bullseye ,voigtlander ....

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ikonpeter wrote:

Beautiful series , Harold : the fourth image is the most spectacular .

Thanks, Peter.

It helped that I spotted that the IS had been in movie mode for some time and set it back to stills! roll

Harold

Re: First Try Out: Olympus Digital 50mm f2 macro ED 4/3 Lens

Nice lens, very well used!

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Minolfan wrote:

Nice lens, very well used!

Thanks. I am now playing with this on full frame. It covers.

Harold

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Boy  THAT is  some great stuff!!

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440roadrunner wrote:

Boy  THAT is  some great stuff!!

I have been using this lens a lot. I put a TC behind it and a Raynox MSN-202 on the front for the higher magnifications.

From moderate close-up:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1471755

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To a bit closer:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1455778/

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Closer still:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1470054/

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To ca x7:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1470379

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Harold

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Re: First Try Out: Olympus Digital 50mm f2 macro ED 4/3 Lens

Very nice examples. I'd say that lens is a keeper. smile

I put that adapter in a safe place, never to be seen again.

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Ballen Photo wrote:

Very nice examples. I'd say that lens is a keeper. smile

Thanks. Very few lenses have earned their place as my favourite over several decades and this one might stay. I am just nervous that, the first one, it has no mechanical linkages and could fail.

Harold

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With no mechanical linkage, wouldn't there be less to fail?

I put that adapter in a safe place, never to be seen again.

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Ballen Photo wrote:

With no mechanical linkage, wouldn't there be less to fail?

No mechanical diaphragm or focus. Less is more!

Harold