Stunning Macro

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bluelemmy Contributing Member • Posts: 904
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I did a review of the Olympus 60mm macro lens here

Leif Erikson, in a comment, supplied this link.

It's not often that I'm gobsmacked as we English say but this German guy using MFT really does show how far M43 has come. There's a lot of work behind the scenes here to make these images. I wish I could do anything half as good.

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Alohaman Contributing Member • Posts: 576
Re: Stunning Macro

Thanks for the link.  I'm thinking of selling my Canon 100/2.8 (non L) macro plus circular flash and go with the Olympus 60/2.8.

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Brian Wadie
Brian Wadie Veteran Member • Posts: 6,906
Re: Stunning Macro

Alohaman wrote:

Thanks for the link. I'm thinking of selling my Canon 100/2.8 (non L) macro plus circular flash and go with the Olympus 60/2.8.

you won't regret it, I sold my 7D + 100 f2.8 LIS when I got my EM-5 with the 60mm macro and haven't regretted it once. I shoot most of my macro work hand-held and the lighter weight combined with the brilliant IBIS make this a dream combination for macro work

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s_grins
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Re: Stunning Macro

bluelemmy wrote:

I did a review of the Olympus 60mm macro lens here

Leif Erikson, in a comment, supplied this link.

It's not often that I'm gobsmacked as we English say but this German guy using MFT really does show how far M43 has come. There's a lot of work behind the scenes here to make these images. I wish I could do anything half as good.

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Yes, it is. I have my hat taken off. The only way for me to achieve this perfection is to freeze the beast (or maybe use a chloroform to make her sleep) Unfortunately, I can't do either.

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KrisPix Regular Member • Posts: 193
Re: Stunning Macro

Thank you for your review and also the link to German photo site.

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purpleray Senior Member • Posts: 1,223
Re: Stunning Macro

Yes stunning.

Stunning because of the seeming naturalness of the insect and flower close up in all their detail.  I am sure lots was done to make them look natural.

These days with the power of Photoshop, we tend to try to stun people with wound up contrast and saturation - levels of unreal clarity and colour that are beautiful and stun you because they are not what we normally see, not natural.

So, yes.  It's great  to see the natural look as stunning.

Cheers

Ray

Rocky ID Olympian Contributing Member • Posts: 705
thank you for sharing

Really2 nice macro shots he displayed.

I was actually don't really take macro shots much, but I am happy using 60mm macro and even the 12-50 macro ish capability.

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tt321 Senior Member • Posts: 7,266
Re: Stunning Macro

s_grins wrote:

bluelemmy wrote:

I did a review of the Olympus 60mm macro lens here

Leif Erikson, in a comment, supplied this link.

It's not often that I'm gobsmacked as we English say but this German guy using MFT really does show how far M43 has come. There's a lot of work behind the scenes here to make these images. I wish I could do anything half as good.

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Yes, it is. I have my hat taken off. The only way for me to achieve this perfection is to freeze the beast (or maybe use a chloroform to make her sleep) Unfortunately, I can't do either.

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If it was not frozen, drugged, or even dead, and carefully posed in a fully controlled environment, how could it be shot with scores of exposures for focus stacking purposes without any motion?

One of the advantages with bug photography is that humans are not capable of distinguishing a fully alert specimen from a sleeping or even dead one by looking at a static 2D image. Other closer to home subjects such as mammals and humans do not provide this kind of facility/convenience to the photographer.

s_grins
s_grins Forum Pro • Posts: 10,309
Re: Stunning Macro

tt321 wrote:

s_grins wrote:

bluelemmy wrote:

I did a review of the Olympus 60mm macro lens here

Leif Erikson, in a comment, supplied this link.

It's not often that I'm gobsmacked as we English say but this German guy using MFT really does show how far M43 has come. There's a lot of work behind the scenes here to make these images. I wish I could do anything half as good.

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David
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Yes, it is. I have my hat taken off. The only way for me to achieve this perfection is to freeze the beast (or maybe use a chloroform to make her sleep) Unfortunately, I can't do either.

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Camera in bag tends to stay in bag...

If it was not frozen, drugged, or even dead, and carefully posed in a fully controlled environment, how could it be shot with scores of exposures for focus stacking purposes without any motion?

One of the advantages with bug photography is that humans are not capable of distinguishing a fully alert specimen from a sleeping or even dead one by looking at a static 2D image. Other closer to home subjects such as mammals and humans do not provide this kind of facility/convenience to the photographer.

This is what I'm so fascinated about. I have no idea how to freeze or immobilize this thing. To make a little critter unmovable for a 3-10 min is a top achievement, I think.

Yes, it is possible to find a dead butterfly, but you can't build a portfolio based on accidental events.

Cheers

S.

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Virtual Photon Regular Member • Posts: 414
Re: Stunning Macro

David,

Thanks for the review and the link.  Impressive work indeed.

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tt321 Senior Member • Posts: 7,266
Re: Stunning Macro

s_grins wrote:

tt321 wrote:

s_grins wrote:

bluelemmy wrote:

I did a review of the Olympus 60mm macro lens here

Leif Erikson, in a comment, supplied this link.

It's not often that I'm gobsmacked as we English say but this German guy using MFT really does show how far M43 has come. There's a lot of work behind the scenes here to make these images. I wish I could do anything half as good.

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David
Home Page: www.dthorpe.net
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL754C3AAF38017475
Blog: http://m43blog.dthorpe.net/

Yes, it is. I have my hat taken off. The only way for me to achieve this perfection is to freeze the beast (or maybe use a chloroform to make her sleep) Unfortunately, I can't do either.

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Camera in bag tends to stay in bag...

If it was not frozen, drugged, or even dead, and carefully posed in a fully controlled environment, how could it be shot with scores of exposures for focus stacking purposes without any motion?

One of the advantages with bug photography is that humans are not capable of distinguishing a fully alert specimen from a sleeping or even dead one by looking at a static 2D image. Other closer to home subjects such as mammals and humans do not provide this kind of facility/convenience to the photographer.

This is what I'm so fascinated about. I have no idea how to freeze or immobilize this thing. To make a little critter unmovable for a 3-10 min is a top achievement, I think.

Yes, it is possible to find a dead butterfly, but you can't build a portfolio based on accidental events.

Cheers

S.

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Freezing is presumably easy - I've not personally tried it but I did try cooling in the fridge at above 0C as I was not sure if freezing would kill (it might not, but I was not keen to find out). It does work quite well. You just return it to the fridge when it becomes too mobile for your liking. And after a quarter hour of work and some minutes to warm up they go away apparently unharmed at all - I personally have not tracked the rest of their lives to compare with control groups but at the point of their going away, they did appear quite normal.

This of course depends on first catching them. This could be done even without touching them. I've removed the branch etc. on which they were staying and moved the whole thing into the fridge without them flying away.

Marla
Marla Veteran Member • Posts: 8,860
Re: Stunning Macro

Beautiful images, and I enjoyed watching the review since I've been looking at this lens for a long time.  After seeing the images and the review I'm getting really tempted again!  I have the Oly 45mm/f1.8 lens (still new), but always wondered if I should have purchased the 60mm instead!  It is the one lens I would have to sell to buy this one.  At least they both do portraits!  I think the macro is more versatile - and worthwhile for me.

At any rate, thanks for sharing, and now back to the same old question....is it worth the trade?!?!

I really love the images!

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beameup Junior Member • Posts: 48
Re: Stunning Macro

I achieved similar results using my E-M1 with 14-54mm II hand-held, inside the International Wildlife Museum, Tucson (the butterfly exibit) shooting the various exhibits and even shooting through glass.

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