macro choices: oly 60mm or PL45?

Started Nov 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
Mike942 Regular Member • Posts: 385
Re: macro choices: oly 60mm or PL45?

I have both lenses on a GH2.

I do a lot of (amateur) macro photography of insects both in the field and via focus stacking in the 'studio' (AKA kitchen).

I suspect that I will little use the 45mm in future as I shoot a lot at 1:1 and the greater working distance of the 60mm is a boon. It can mean that the insect isn't scared away 'cos you're not so close to it, and also that lower angles can be achieved (for example if the insect is on a tree trunk one can get further around the curve of the trunk with the 60mm).

In the studio, lighting in easier with more space between the end of magnification extenders (Raynox) and the subject compared to the 45mm.

As I use flash almost exclusively for macro so the lack of image stabilisation is not an issue.


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