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Opportunities for macro photos are all around us, whether it’s shooting close-up shots of textures or fruit in your home, insects and nature, or maybe even something a little more creative. Be prepared with the right kit to take magnificent macro shots.

Made for the job

CHOOSE A DEDICATED MACRO LENS TO CAPTURE CLOSE-UP DETAILS

For close-up photography, the best lens to have is a dedicated macro lens like the M.ZUIKO 30mm f/3.5 MACRO. With a minimum focusing distance of 14mm, it allows you to get super close to subjects such as bugs and flowers to capture their intricate details. This lens also delivers a 1.25x image magnification and has a high-speed autofocus, allowing you to quickly focus on fast critters and not miss your chance. This compact, premium lens weighs just 128g, so you can keep your kit set-up light!

Image by Martin Gallego

Get even closer

FOR MACRO SHOTS OF SUBJECTS THAT ARE A LITTLE FURTHER AFIELD

If you can’t quite get yourself close to your subject, then the M.ZUIKO 60mm f/2.8 MACRO lens will allow you to with its 35mm equivalent focal length of 120mm. This lens is also dust and splashproof, so you can photograph subjects close to water or low on the ground and not have to worry about how it will affect your lens. It’s also got a protective coating over the lens elements for further protection. Whether you’re photographing tiny objects or small, living subjects, you can capture true 1:1 life-size shots and – with its f/2.8 wide aperture and circular blades –stunning bokeh, too! Pair this lens with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II or OM-D E-M1X and you’ll be able to produce stunning images full of superb details when you use focus stacking. Focus stacking allows you to shoot a series of images, focusing on different areas, to create one final image with an increased depth-of-field.

Image by Paul Kornacker

Macro anywhere

MAKE YOUR LENS MACRO WITH THE MCON-P02 CONVERTER

You never know when a macro opportunity might appear. If you’ve got a favourite lens that isn’t macro, then rather than packing an additional lens, you can keep your kit compact with the MCON-P02 Macro Converter. This small converter allows you to turn your lens into a macro simply by attaching it to the front of your lens. The macro converter is compatible with a number of lenses including theM.ZUIKO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R,
M.ZUIKO 25mm f/1.8
and the M.ZUIKO 45mm f/1.8.

Image by Martin Gallego

Light it right

ADD A KICK OF FLASH TO CREATE STAND-OUT MACRO SHOTS

When photographing small subjects, it can be a challenge to get them perfectly lit, especially if you’re crouching over a subject that’s low down and you happen to block the natural light. With the STF-8 Twin Flash, you can light your subject with one or two lights, and also adjust the flash heads 600 to 400. The light can be adjusted in 1/3 step increments when shooting in manual mode or one step increments with the flash dial, allowing you to control the strength of the light. The STF-8 is compatible with the M.ZUIKO 30mm f/3.5 MACRO, M.ZUIKO 60mm f/2.8 MACRO and the M.ZUIKO 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lenses.

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Under the sea

DIVE DOWN WITH WATERPROOF HOUSING AND A MACRO ADAPTER

If you’re a fan of the water and want to discover what’s beneath the surface, then grab yourself some underwater housing for your OM-D camera and couple it with the PMLA-EP01 Macro lens adapter. You’ll be able to shoot in depths of up to 45 metres, allowing you to capture the colourful underwater world and its small creatures in stunning macro shots. The PMLA-EP01 is compatible with the PT-EP11 for the OM-D E-M1, PT-EP10, PT-EP08 for the OM-D E-M5, PPO-EP01 Underwater lens port, PT-EP03 and PT-EP01.

Image by David Benz

Article featured in Olympus Magazine Issue 63 – to see the latest copy of this free digital magazine click here.