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Using the 30mm macro

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by Ardy, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Ardy

    Ardy Solo Diver

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    Got back a couple of weeks ago from another trip to Tulamben and again only used the 30mm once. There was a reason this time, I had a young dive guide and the stuff he was finding was so small the 30mm (sans a wet lens) would not have done it. I was struggling to see what he was pointing at sometimes! On a couple of occasions I had to shrug my shoulders and move on.
    Great trip though. I'll make an effort to do some fish/sand eels/bigger than macro stuff next time I go.
     
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  2. Midget

    Midget Barracuda

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    I had the same issue at Tulamben with my 30mm! Even tried stacked macro wet lenses with it. Not very happy with the purchase.
     
  3. Ardy

    Ardy Solo Diver

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    Hi Midget, I am very happy with my 30mm and on the next trip I am going to dedicate a dive or two to things 20mm+ in size, I want some decent shots of sand divers, sand eels, juvenile fish etc also larger nudi's (that I can see).
    The 30mm is perfect for these and I cropped a few small stuff from dives and they came out good enough.

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  4. Furnari

    Furnari Solo Diver

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    I'm also very happy with the Olympus 30mm, and I don't even bother with the 60mm any more. Here's a few from last month's trip to California's Big Sur coast...
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  5. Ardy

    Ardy Solo Diver

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  6. Furnari

    Furnari Solo Diver

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    Thanks :) I haven't tried a wet lens yet. With the Olympus macro port, I've been able to get close enough to frame what I need, with just some minimal cropping/straightening in post.
     
  7. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Wet diopters with the 30mm is not a very good combination.
     
  8. boletus1973

    boletus1973 Nassau Grouper

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    the 30mm macro is a beautiful cheap lens…. it's perfect with mid size macro stuff and very good with bad viz because you can stay closer to the subject…. i use mostly the 60mm and diopters, but sometimes the 30 is the right choice….

    the oly 30mm

    37660978531_1b3c1113e5_k.jpg _8124051 by boletus.italy, su Flickr

    the panasonic 30mm

    30726562701_54bdb494c2_k.jpg _8091453 by boletus.italy, su Flickr

    for my experience the panasonic is slighty better.... but now i've only the Olympus... for both this lenses every diopter is totally USELESS.... like with canon and nikon 60mm....
    :wink::wink::wink:
     
  9. bvanant

    bvanant Loggerhead Turtle

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    But at 9.5 cm the magnification is 1.25 to 1 so to get 1:1 you can be a little bit further away. The trouble is at that distance it can be really hard to light stuff well.
     
  10. Germie

    Germie Cave Instructor

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    Funny, I have the Panasonic 45mm macro and that is my favorite. Seems nobody uses it? I also have the 60mm but that is shunting a lot to find focus. The 45mm works better then.
    The quality of the shots is same I think.

    The 30mm fits in the 60m and the 12-50 port from Isotta. Isotta also has a 30mm port, but you don't need it. The 45mm also fits in the same port as the 12-50 and 60mm.
     

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