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#1 shaky

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 07:13 AM

Hi, I am a complete newbie and am thinking about getting the EPL-2 and the Olympus housing. What sort of macro lense would you recommend? Backscatter has a set which includes the Olympus macro conversion lens and 67mm Macro adapter. Is that a good setup for macro, or would you recommend something else?

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:17 PM

The epl2 is slow to focus, and even slower total shutter lag, when using flash, (which is nearly 100% underwater).

The ep3 and epl3 have just been announced, and reviewed, and they have finally done a great job, with SLR speed autofocus!

They are due out in august, and olympus has already announced a housing for the epl3.

So I recommend waiting for the 3rd generation. You won't be disappointed, the shutter lag improvement is huge!

http://www.imaging-r...DS/EP3/EP3A.HTM
http://www.dpreview....ews/olympusepl3
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 04:13 PM

Thanks for the response. I already thought about epl3, but have a trip to Sipadan coming up in September and am afraid I wont be able to get the epl3 equipment together by then. On the other hand it might be worth the wait if this helps me getting a better system. What a dilemma.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 05:16 PM

Hi, I am a complete newbie and am thinking about getting the EPL-2 and the Olympus housing. What sort of macro lense would you recommend? Backscatter has a set which includes the Olympus macro conversion lens and 67mm Macro adapter. Is that a good setup for macro, or would you recommend something else?



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Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:05 AM

I'm in the same position. I'm going away for 3 months (both diving and land) in August and need a system by then. I'd be interested to see what results people have got with the Oly macro wet lens as although I do tend to prefer wide angle it'd be nice to be able to shoot some macro as well as some of the sites I'll be visiting are big macro destinations.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 10:28 AM

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 02:41 PM

I have not seen many good macro shots using the kit 14/45 lens and a wet macro add-on. I think you'll need a dedicated macro lens and port. In addition it is very difficult to take DSLR like macro without a viewfinder, preferably a magnified viewfinder. I would get an Olympus e-620

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 04:38 PM

A lot of our customers have been happy with a Dyron macro lens, which you can use w/ your camera with the Olympus adapter.
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 06:40 PM

The macro lens focuses slowly on the epl2. Probably better off, and cheaper to go the wet lens approach.

The reefnet seem to be favorites around here:

http://reefphoto.com...mp;filter_id=38
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#10 meme.may.fire

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 12:49 AM

The macro lens focuses slowly on the epl2.


Anyone here knows if the EPL3 also suffers the same focusing problem with the macro lens??
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Posted 04 September 2011 - 10:26 AM

If you cruise for micro four thirds forums over at dpreview, it appears that the ep3 and epl3 are no faster than the epl2 in dim light conditions. Sigh.
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Posted 04 September 2011 - 07:34 PM

If you cruise for micro four thirds forums over at dpreview, it appears that the ep3 and epl3 are no faster than the epl2 in dim light conditions. Sigh.


Then i guess the best way to achieve macro on the pen series is stacking up those close-up lens..
It's even cheaper that way..
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