Cheap macro lens for Lumix G3?

Started Oct 11, 2012 | Questions thread
Bob Meyer
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Re: Cheap macro lens for Lumix G3?
In reply to andrethaiss, Oct 11, 2012

I guess it depends on how you define "cheap" and how serious you are about macro. Supplementary lenses (like filters) like the Raynox, Canon and even cheaper no-name brands will let you focus close. The Raynox and Canon ones even have a pretty good reputation for quality. The cheap ones, not so much.

A real macro lens will definitely give you better quality: higher contrast, sharper results. Olympus and Panasonic offer auto-focus macro lenses, but I find AF not so critical in macro use. To get best results you're probably going to be touching up focus manually anyway, and at very close distances it's often easiest to focus may be to move the camera back and forth very slightly.

You can get legacy manual focus lenses (e.g., older Canon FD, Nikon, Pentax, etc.) that can easily be used on m43 cameras with inexpensive adapters ($10-$20 from ebay). Some of these are very, very sharp, and a lot cheaper than any current AF macro lens.

HTH,

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I've stopped thinking in terms of "equivalent" focal lengths on m43. 25mm is what it is, and what it might be similar to on some other format doesn't matter to me any more. We need to learn what to expect from our current equipment, not keep mapping it to the old. No one refers to their 50mm FF lens as "equivalent to 80mm on MF."

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