This large-aperture, medium-telephoto macro lens is one of the brightest in the Zuiko Digital lens line. Equivalent to 100mm on a 35mm camera, this lens is good for maximum image magnification of 0.52x (equivalent to 1x on a 35mm camera). Built with an ED lens that greatly reduces chromatic aberrations allows this 50mm macro lens to provide the high image quality every photographer wants with high-resolution and good contrast.
Shooting Guide: Close-up and Macro
E-3, Aperture Priority Mode, ¼ sec, f2.0, ISO100, +1.7EV, focal length 50mm (Equivalent to 100mm on a 35mm camera.) tripod used to stabilize camera.
Why this Lens?
With a large aperture of F2.0, this lens can produce excellent contrast and capture many subtleties within a subject that otherwise may be lost. The 50mm macro lens also has the ability to produce a smooth defocussing effect—an important effect in macro shots.
- To create a dynamic close-up shot, try focusing on a specific part of the subject, using a large aperture (f2.0) to soften or defocus the rest of the image.
- You don’t need to be as close to the subject as you think to get a macro shot with this lens. In the picture above it looks like the lens is nearly touching the tulip, but in reality it is not which is the beauty of using the macro zoom function effectively. This lens is the perfect companion when the subject being photographed is not approachable.
Shooting Guide: Mid-range Telephoto
E-420, Aperture Priority Mode, 1/50 sec.,f2.0, ISO 100, +2.7EV, focal length 50mm (Equivalent to 100mm on a 35mm camera.)
Why this Lens?
This 50mm macro lens with a large aperture of F2.0 is used to magnify a subject and produce crisp, clean images. This lens’ use goes far beyond just macro shots; it is suitable even for portrait photos.
- To obtain a beautiful soft focus (defocused) effect, use the maximum aperture of f2.0 when taking a picture.
- Adjust the exposure compensation when needed. In the picture above there was a large amount of light coming from the back window behind the lamp, the exposure compensation was adjusted to maintain the focus on the lamp.
- In the picture above there was a lot of bright light coming through the window behind the lamp. When shooting with a spot-lit or bright subject in the center of the image area, use the +/- control to over expose (+2.7EV) as in the above photo. A good way to make sure the setting is correct is to use the Live-View feature of your Olympus Camera to see the results live before you shoot. In the picture above there was a lot of bright light coming through the window behind the lamp
Shooting Guide: Table Top Photo
E-420, Aperture Priority Mode, 1/1000 sec., f2.8, ISO 100, +1.3 EV, focal length 50mm (Equivalent to 100mm on a 35mm camera.)
Why this Lens?
The defocus effect of the 50mm macro lens is more effective in defocussing both the back and front sections of the frame than is the 35mm macro lens.
- For table top photos try shooting with the aperture slightly closed or stopped down (f2.8) while considering the overall framing and position of the subject in order to create a more dramatic photograph.