Olympus E-520 Macro?

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  1. Mr.Coinring

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    Hello all!
    I am a newbe to the slr, and I just ordered an Olympus E-520. My main concern/question is.. what is the best lens setup to get really up close macro shots of rings that I make from silver coins? Do I need an extension tube with macro lenses or should I spend a little more money for a manual focus macro lens like a Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 lens?....I have no idea what to use[​IMG] Any help would be greatly appreciated...thanks in advance.
    PS: After buying the camera I am on a limited budget.
     
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    Are you just trying to shoot the rings for "display" purposes, or wanting to show tiny details in the ring/coin itself?

    I did these shots with a CoolPix 990 point&shoot:

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    WOW....great shots with a "point&shoot"...
    I need to get great detail shots of the ring itself, about as close and clear as your shots....Up until now I have been using a crapy Kodak easyshare on the up close setting but it's only a 3.1 MP :thumbdown: I plan on using the E-520 for everything else though so thats why I bought it. I guess I will see what the E-520 can do by itself when it gets here but most likely I will be adding the 10+ macro lens that screws on the end like a filter and see what that gets me....below is a picture I took with the old Kodak....its a wonder I ave been able to sell these rings at all...lol:lol:
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    The cheapest route would be to buy a set of extension tubes and use it with the standard lens that comes with the Olympus...but I'm not sure if extension tubes are available for Olympus DSLRs.
     
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    I don't have any experience with the extension tubes but I can tell you the ZD 50mm is about as sharp as you can get... used they go for ~$300.

    Your next option is a OM 50mm f1.4 or f1.8 with adapter. It's manual focus in aperture mode but produces great images, they go for ~$100 on ebay.

    For a more Oly specific forum visit

    For the ZD lens line up visit

    And for OM lens infor go here and here and here

    Cheers, Don
     
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    Ok Guys....thanks for your help.
    I went ahead an bought a OM 50mm f1.8 with an adapter on ebay and only spent $50 for both shipped!! The lens is in wonderful shape too!
    When I get it all in I will post the results and hopefully get some good tips ;)
     
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    Mr. Coinring, nice ring. It took me a few minutes to figure out how you managed that. Very cool! Good luck with your sales!
     
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    Thanks for the kind words......I guess I'm on to something as long as it helps with the bills, and maybe a new camera! :mrgreen:
    I sell under the same name on that auction site if you ever wanna see more.
     
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    What he said. :thumbup: The ZD 50 is a great lens. And with an externsion tube it becomes a super macro.

    But you will get good photos with the 1.8 manual, just use a tripod, and be prepared to take a lot of test shots as it will be difficult to focus with the small viewfinder.
     
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    "That" auction site?

    :lmao:
     
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    that's a cleverly designed ring.
    extension tubes may be a bit excessive for what you doing, here.
    they get very very close.
     
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    Sorry....I'm on ebay..;^)

    Some time ago I got booted off of a car forum just for mentioning it so now its just a habit.

    Small view finder? Part of the reason why I got this E-520 was because it has a secondary Live View sensor. :mrgreen:

    I may go ahead and get the tube as they are pretty cheap, and yes I would like to get even closer to these rings and really show off the tiniest detail.
     

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