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Macro lens for the 3040Z

I just purchased my first digital camera, the Olympus 3040Z, and I need to use a macro lens to get some close up photos of people's tongues (don't laugh) I am finding that the macro mode of the 3040 is limited in that I can't get close enough without distortion. I'm also finding that some of the photos have distortion in the color. I'm wondering if someone could advise me about taking these close I've been checking out Ebay and have found some inexpensive lenses for about $50-60. There are two brands being offered: Sakar and Digital Optics (Tiffen) I'm wondering how these lens are given the low price and whether it would be wiser to pop for some extra money for something that may be better quality. The most important detail I need to capture is the color of the tongue. I am an acupuncturist and need to look at tongues as part of my diagnostic procedures. I can use the digital photos for patient progress notes and send them to my instructors through the internet. Isn't it amazing that we can do so many creative things with this media.

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Re: Macro lens for the 3040Z

I have very good experience with the original Olympus Macro Conversion lens with the CLA1 adapter. No visible distortion and no loss of contrast. The only problem I can imagine is the lighting of it all. You need to come real close! The internal flash of the camera will not work properly because the "huge" macro lens will cast a shadow. Some kind of external light source will be needed and manual corrections in the white balance have to be made too. The 3040 is a fine camera and I use it at least twice a week, but it still lacks some of the features of my old OM4 camera! Think about the easy focusing (manual) and the use of a ring flash! Because that is what you need.

Posted on Sep 11, 2005

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How do i use macro i cant find it on the camera does it even have macro


You have macro option. Its the little flower (tulip) on the selector dial).

Full details are on page 5 of the manual
(download free from here)

http://safemanuals.com/user-guide-instructions-owner-manual/OLYMPUS/E-420-_E

Note that on page 109 there are some shooting tips for very close macro.

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A tripod will be of benefit too, as it slows down the process, so you think about your composition, use manual focus and a small aperture for better depth of focus (field).

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If you zoom to less than 12x


The macro setting on the fz series allows you to get within a couple of centimeters of the subject and obtain focus. That is pretty close. That is too close. The camera will throw a shadow. You need some room. Most high zoom cameras (notably Olympus) have macro capabilty throughout the zoom which not only increases the magnification but also allows you (requires you) to put some distance between the lens and the subject. The panasonic fz series is different. They do not have macroability at zooms greater than 2x-3x. Beyond that there is no increase in magnification. Why? I dont know. Maybe this feature was designed on a Monday. Fortunately this can all be rectified with the use of a closeup lens. Now the fz series will react like most other high zoom cameras and do it well. The Olympus b-macro is such a lens. There are many others

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If you zoom to less than 12x


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You are able to shoot at F8 by opening the lens barrier and sliding the macro switch to the Macro mode. This provides a mechanical aperture of F8. We recommend the use of this setting either when shooting close up images or when shooting images in a very brightly lit scene. Unfortunately, because the aperture is mechanical, the EXIF information is not recorded. Therefore, you can not see whether you photographed an image in the Macro mode or if the aperture has been changed. However, you can physically see the aperture close down by looking at the lens with a magnifying glass or loupe when turning the sliding the macro switch to the Macro mode.

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F8 aperture


You are able to shoot at F8 by opening the lens barrier and sliding the macro switch to the Macro mode. This provides a mechanical aperture of F8. We recommend the use of this setting either when shooting close up images or when shooting images in a very brightly lit scene. Unfortunately, because the aperture is mechanical, the EXIF information is not recorded. Therefore, you can not see whether you photographed an image in the Macro mode or if the aperture has been changed. However, you can physically see the aperture close down by looking at the lens with a magnifying glass or loupe when turning the sliding the macro switch to the Macro mode.

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