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Using the 30mm macro

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

  1. Chris Ross

    Chris Ross Barracuda

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    It might fit but the front element is some way from the glass of the port losing working distance which is in short supply anyway with the 30mm, which makes getting higher magnifications even more difficult.
     
  2. Chris Ross

    Chris Ross Barracuda

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    Yes I know that, it's not the point. Even 1:1 is too close to the port for ease of lighting 1:2 or half size is the comfortable limit , you can get closer but lighting becomes an issue.
     
  3. Ucarkus

    Ucarkus Angel Fish

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    I have recently bought epl-7 with pt ep12. I also have older epl-2 (which I might sell or keep it to utilize its standard port) Now, I am so impressed with 30mm that I am wondering whether standard port of my epl2 (pt-ep03) will accept the 30 mil. I know it works with 60mm and I was on the lookout for a used 60mm, now I am wondering whether I should go for the 30?.. I have a bayonet wet macro lens to, am likely to stack. Will be happy for any input.
     
  4. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The 60mm works fine with wet macros, the 30mm not so much (too small a working distance). I use both, and like both, but they are not interchangeable in use or port needed.
     
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  5. Furnari

    Furnari Solo Diver

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    The standard port will work for both the 60 and the 30, but it will not be optimal. AOI makes a macro port for PEN housings:
    AOI FLP-02 Macro Port for Olympus PEN Housings
    ...this will work great for the 60, and be about as good as you can get for the 30. I use the Olympus macro port for OMD housings, which is similar in design and size to the AOI port.
    It all comes down to what you shoot- I very much prefer the 30mm for ease of use and the ability to shoot fish portraits from a reasonable difference. If you're shooting really tiny things, like 1cm and down, then the 60 will be the way to go.
     
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  6. Ucarkus

    Ucarkus Angel Fish

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    Thanks for your input, looks like 60mm is the way to go for me. AOI port is quite nice but I think EPL platform is dying for UW photography, so I do not want to invest in more into it (have Zen Dome as well).
     
  7. Ardy

    Ardy Solo Diver

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    The stacked crabs is a great shot boletus. I was going to try focus stacking but this is much better!!!!
     
  8. Ardy

    Ardy Solo Diver

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    Off to Philippines this weekend and packing lenses grabbed the 30mm first. The 60 and 9-18 are also on board. Bought a new EM5mk2 ie only 9 exposures and a one dive only housing for it so it will all be new to me if not the gear.
    Having done macro in Bali for the last 6 years I am hoping for some clear water and maybe some fish shots for a change! Of course, everything is weather dependent....................................
     

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