********The Weekly Close Up 98/2013********

Started Apr 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
Messier Object
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new lens test shot
In reply to smartbox, Apr 13, 2013

I've just acquired an OM Zuiko 38mm f/3.5 macro.
On the OM bellows this lens will work up to x6 magnification, but with very short working distances and extreme shallow DOF. I'm hoping to start working with Focus Stacking soon - one aspect of macro shooting I've not tried, and this lens should be ideal for what I like to shoot.

Today though I thought I'd just give the lens a quick try-out to confirm that its OK optically, so I put it on my OM 65-116mm tele tube and took it outside for some hand-held shots.

I've got to say that this lens is definitely not designed for hand-held work. Trying to hold the camera steady for a shot even at x3 was quite difficult.

I got enough nice shots to confirm that the lens is plenty sharp enough for my needs . . .

A Green Bottle fly basking in the morning sun

OM Zuiko 38mm f/3.5 macro at f/8

And a close-up crop of the detail of the right eye . . .

green bottle fly, detail of compound eye

Peter

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