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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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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/forums/index.php?showtopic=46536

 

http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=48650

 

http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/olympus-outlet/440894-om-d-rig-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

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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

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

Bill

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