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New lens (Olympus 60mm Macro) and first post

Hi everyone. I've enjoyed taking pictures for a long time, but only really started trying to learn how to actually do it about a year ago. I'm a Micro 4/3 user with a Panasonic GX85, I also have the 14-140 f3.5-5.6 and a set of extension tubes. I mostly shoot macro/close up, nature, and just family photos. I just got the Olympus 60mm Macro lens. Here are a few shots I got out of it so far. I also up loaded a few pics to my portfolio from my old set up. I look forward to posting more shots and commenting on other's work. Any comments, input, or critiques would be very much appreciated. Thanks for looking.

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Brandon ~'s picture

Nice pictures!
How close are you getting for these pictures?

Also, I would crop the photos down quite a bit so whenever they are viewed full size, it doesn't zoom in so much and create distortion. I generally crop mine down to around 1000 or maybe smaller depending on clarity.

I'll basically tell you what I've been told myself while doing this type of macro; if the face isn't clear, it's not going to be considered a true macro.

I just got some extension tubes for my macro which makes it 2:1, just haven't gotten a chance to do much with them as there is so much going on trying to go back to college.

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I'm usually pretty close to the subject.The new lens gives me more reach though. With the Damselfly closeup and the Garden Orb Weaver I was at 1/1 so they were about 3 or 4 inches from the lens. With my 14-140 and extension tubes. I was actually able to focus on the dust on the front of the lens, or even inside the lens if I was at the wide end. For the Cellar Spider in my portfolio the front leg that falls out of focus was almost touching the lens.

When you say crop in, do you mean resize? I usually re size for smaller files sizes, but guidelines say up to 15MB, so I thought the more resolution the better. But if it makes for better or easier viewing I can certainly resize.

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Yes, I meant resize. Sorry about that. Have you began to stack your photos, or are these 1 photo? I have a hard time stacking my photos, especially since most pics I take are handheld.

I actually went and bought some alligator clips so I can stage my pictures and such. Going outdoors is fun, but when you are trying to photograph insects it's a real task. I was chasing around a dragon fly the other day and could never get close enough.

I have some photos with my lens and new extension tubes and while it's an extreme close-up, they don't seem good enough for me to post as of yet.

Keep up the good work.

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My shots are all handheld in the field. I've never tried stacking. I've thought about it, but don't have any software for it. Don't bother chasing the Dragon flies.They're busy eating and wont let you get close. Find the ones that are perched and approach slowly. If they're good and full they're usually pretty easy to just get closer and closer. Sometimes you ca even get them to climb right on your finger.

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Just realized I should add to that last comment. for shots like the full body of the dragonfly. I might be closer to a foot away. At 3-4 inches it would be a head shot.

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

I like the pictures. The spider is great. It's amazing what you can get out of the Micro 4/3 sytem.