Just to let you know that I’ve always wanted to shoot macro and to own a macro lens since I’ve been using a Nikon DSLR, but the lens is very expensive! (especially Nikon branded one). All until today, when I own an Olympus OM-D EM-1.
Most of the lenses for micro 4/3 camera are affordable (this is the main reason why I switch to micro 4/3 camera), and since this is just my part-time hobby – I wouldn’t care about what others thought about the body and its lenses, as long as I can go out and shoot whatever I like and still getting the desired results. So, DSLR for me is a long lost history…
As a newbie in macro photography, I’m having a hard time understanding how to make this lens works. Most of the macro shooter out there tells me to shoot with Manual Mode, f8 and the lowest ISO possible (mine is ISO 200). But they never tell me how to shoot with the Electronic View Finder!!
When you configure such setting, the EVF screen will show that it is dark. How to focus when your viewfinder is dark?! How to tell the EVF I’m using flash? How to make the EVF bright? – Then I start scratching my head thinking how to configure this camera… duh!
While tediously browsing through the camera menu, I found this setting called “Live View Boost “ – I turn it on and walla! The EVF is now bright as what I wanted it to be. And another awesome setting I’ve found in the camera is the setting called “Digital Tele-converter“ – once turned on, the camera is automatically zoom 2x from normal - Wow!!
Now I have 1:1 magnification from the lens (2:1 to a full frame camera) PLUS another 2x zoom. If I were using a full frame camera – this means I’ve got 2:1 magnification with 2x zoom! How cool is that?!!
Below is the photos taken with the lens (2x digital zoom turned on). These were taken at Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor with my fellow KFGMers.
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