Monday, August 28, 2017

Digital Moments: Garden Macro

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Olympus E-P5, M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro

Garden Macro

'Digital moments, a quick take session with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro on the E-P5'

M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
A close-up session with lenses begged or borrowed, fitted, or adapted (if it is a legacy manual focus lens), to my Olympus E-P5. I only have a very short session with the lens and the only possibility then was to zero in on one of the potted plants in the makeshift garden. As with the other quick take sessions, there was nothing technical about these shots, except that they were all taken wide open.

I suppose you can say that this is the beginning of understanding the characteristics of the lens. The images were shot in RAW, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with a touch or two of Google Nik Sharpener Pro 3 for the finishing touch.

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The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro lens is fairly lightweight (weighs in at 185g), and has a fixed focal length the equivalent of a 120mm lens on a 35mm film camera. It is of dust-proof and splash-proof construction, and its design incorporates 13 elements in 10 groups and uses ED (Extra-low Dispersion), HR (High Refractive index) and E-HR (Extra-High Refractive index) glass.

This is an effort by Olympus to completely eliminate chromatic aberrations that can be found in other lenses. The design of the lens is further accentuated with the use of seven circular diaphragm blades that will surely help to increase the “bokeh” effect formed in the defocused areas of the image.

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The lens is also equipped with a high-speed Imager AF system. Imager AF is acquired by way of contrast detection and generally focuses on the subject nearest the lens. This lens is designed for everyday shooting with an emphasis on macro photography.

A small dial on the lens allows it to be operated in either traditional or macro mode. All said and done, this 60mm macro is easy and fun to use. Looking forward to another session soon.

Resource Links:
Macro Photography Tutorial
Macro Photography for Beginners - Part 1

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