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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:18 PM

Hello All, I have recently purchased the Olympus Pen E-PL5 and housing and the 60mm macro lens and want to puchase a second lens to use for non-macro shooting, anyone out there have experience with this set up and/or suggestions?



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:39 AM

Hello All, I have recently purchased the Olympus Pen E-PL5 and housing and the 60mm macro lens and want to puchase a second lens to use for non-macro shooting, anyone out there have experience with this set up and/or suggestions?

 

There are many active discussions of this question in various forums. It also depends on whether you have the Oly or the Nauticam housing.

Check out for example: 

 

http://wetpixel.com/...showtopic=46536

 

http://wetpixel.com/...showtopic=48650

 

http://www.scubaboar...-step-step.html

 

The short answer is probably one of these two options

 

1. Add multipurpose lens (12-50mm)

 

2. Go for a wide angle (7-14mm, or 9-18mm)

 

Personally, I find that my 9-18mm and 60mm are the ones I use most often (I also have the 12-50 and 14-40)


Edited by ProfF, 29 March 2013 - 04:41 AM.

Olympus E-PL3, Nauticam NA-PL3, Olympus 9-18mm, 12-50mm, 60mm lenses, Sea & Sea YS110a, YS01.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:31 AM

You may want to consider the 8mm FE Pana lens as well.  With some practice you can get fantastic results.  

But you it may also be a bit extreme depending on your type of shooting.  

In that case I would opt for the 9-18mm instead.  

 

I have the 45mm macro, the 12-50mm, the 9-18mm, the 8mm.  I use mainly the macro and fisheye....


Edited by nudibranco, 30 March 2013 - 02:32 AM.


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:25 PM

I have the Olympus housing, I want to get the 9-18mm but I'm not sure if it will work with the housing...



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 02:42 PM

According to olympus, the 9-18 works in the standard port. This has been true for all Pen housings.

I shoot an epl2 in the oly housing and primarily use the 9-18. However, I use the Zen 100 port.
I have recently purchased the 60mm and will be using this also behind the zen.
The 9-18 produces better images than the kit lens. Looking forward to trying the 60mm.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:34 AM

What do you guys set the focus range on the macro lens at? 0.19 to infinity or .19-0.4m.

 

Do you find it makes a difference?



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:25 AM

What do you guys set the focus range on the macro lens at? 0.19 to infinity or .19-0.4m.

 

Do you find it makes a difference?

 

Setting the macro lens focus range to .19-0.4m will make a big (bad) difference if you want to focus on a subject more than .4m away.  :)


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Posted 04 June 2013 - 07:53 AM

I always set the lens from .19 to .4 since in my hands at least, it focuses much faster that way with minimal hunting.  

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