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Macro with EPM1

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by Gdog, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. John Gulliver

    John Gulliver Barracuda

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    The 60mm macro lens will not focus closer than 19cm from the subject. It looks to me as though you were too close. If you want to get closer than 19cm, you will need to add a diopter (with a 37mm thread) to the front of the lens.

     
  2. Foxtrot16

    Foxtrot16 Nassau Grouper

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    I tend to agree - I think you may have been too close to your subject.

    When you are the correct distance away >19 cm the lens should focus very quickly - perhaps you need to practice your distance judging on land so when you are under the water you know how close you need to be - do this with your camera in the housing.

    Also don't forget that your F Stop / depth of field will also affect the image in some ways as many people use a large F Stop and then forget that the DoF is shallow and think that there is a focus issue as well. I like to use F Stops of between F11 - F16.

    Hope this helps.

    Karl
     
  3. John Gulliver

    John Gulliver Barracuda

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    Interesting! F11-16 works fine in clear tropical water with >30m visibility but here in our dark northern Waters, I don't think you would get a decent shot with that aperture unless you used a very slow shutter speed or high ISO setting.

     
  4. Soakedlontra

    Soakedlontra Manta Ray

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    Thanks! I will try on land with the housing as you suggest. But then is the distance the same considering that the density of air and water is different?

    I am having a lot of fun using wide apertures too on land, my background is in the fine art, so I like the fact that with this lens you can focus on a particular detail and turn the rest of the picture into abstract shapes. Anyway next time I will experiment with higher f stops.

    ---------- Post added April 24th, 2014 at 09:14 AM ----------

    I dive in dark northern waters too so I will tell you all about it! :)

    The folks who wrote reviews about this lens talk that I read a while back talk about a range of "optimal F-stops". According to them if you go above, or below, that you won't get good results on land...Ma! I need to try it myself before I believe them.
     
  5. umbert

    umbert Nassau Grouper

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    $399 Sale for this lens is going on as of now, Amazon, B&H, Adorama, etc
     
  6. Foxtrot16

    Foxtrot16 Nassau Grouper

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    Here is a couple of my examples with this lens. Where I dive the water is very green and dark as well and very poor visibility - usually 4m would be considered excellent with lots of floaty bits and crud in the water.

    This image of the Cuttlefish was taken at F16 @ 1/160th ISO 200 with the strobes snooted and at 2/3 power in daylight.

    13-02-24-9.jpg

    This image of the Sabretooth Blenny was taken at F13 @ 1/125th ISO 200 strobes snooted at 2/3 power

    13-03-01-20.jpg

    All taken on my EM-5 and I would assume that our water conditions are similar to yours - i.e dark and poor vis.

    This image of a Goby 10mm in size was taken at a site called the 'Drop Off' in Tulamben Bay Bali in 15m of vis at F14 @ 1/100th ISO 200 strobes snooted and at 1/2 power.

    2013-09-08+The+Drop+Off+-+04.jpg
    I have yet to use the 60mm since the latest upgrade with the new ISO of 100 but I will try it tomorrow (if the weather holds :confused:) and see how or if that has any effect.

    Hope this helps.

    Karl
     
  7. John Gulliver

    John Gulliver Barracuda

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    Yes, that sounds about the same conditions as we have here.Very nice shots!
     
  8. Foxtrot16

    Foxtrot16 Nassau Grouper

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    A couple of images from my dive today - this is the first time I have used the 60mm with the EM-5 since I did the latest firmware update and now I have the ISO set at 100 and the small focus point.

    All settings the same - F14 @ 1/100th ISO 100 strobes snooted and @ 2/3 power.

    2014-04-27-008-Edit.jpg 60mm macro

    2014-04-27-009-Edit.jpg 60mm macro and Subsea +10 dioptre / wet lens

    2014-04-27-011-Edit.jpg 60mm macro

    2014-04-27-026-Edit.jpg 60mm macro

    Due to the conditions I dive in I use home made 50mm snoots to restrict the angle of light and therefore only light up my subjects so this allows me to use a shutter speed of 1/100 and an F stop of F14 to get black backgrounds thereby reducing the chance of backscatter and distraction / ugly backgrounds etc.

    Karl
     

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