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    Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Oh My, Oh My.

    First of all a BIG thank you to Brian at Red Dot Cameras in London for giving me such a fantastic deal on this immaculate lens.


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    Here it is on my OMD:



    Oops . . . tea time . . . pictures coming soon (Oh Yes!)

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Anozher Deutche lens on zhe Japanese camera. Does it know how to speak Deutsch at all?

    Looks nice, but I think I stay with my Zeisses and Zuikos. I'm not sure if lenses without a Z in the beginning can be trusted (except Nikkor, but just tilt the N over and it becomes a Z too ).

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Jono, That is quite a looker! One of these days, you should try the real macro lenses from Leica- the Milars, the Summars and the Photars.

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Anozher Deutche lens on zhe Japanese camera. Does it know how to speak Deutsch at all?
    Hi Jorgen . . . I think it does.
    and it was less than a third of the price of a Zeiss 100 macro.

    less than 1/2 the price of a 50 f2 macro planar

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Those are not puddings, Jono. A pudding is a soft substance that... ok, ok, they look absolutely stellar. I'm just envious and it's almost four in the morning here. I'm not sure if I should go to bed or have breakfast. I think breakfast. Pumpernickel with Roquefort and then toast with Seville orange marmalade, all accompanied by Oolong tea with raw, unrefined cane sugar and the tiniest slice of lime

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Those are not puddings, Jono. A pudding is a soft substance that... ok, ok, they look absolutely stellar. I'm just envious and it's almost four in the morning here. I'm not sure if I should go to bed or have breakfast. I think breakfast. Pumpernickel with Roquefort and then toast with Seville orange marmalade, all accompanied by Oolong tea with raw, unrefined cane sugar and the tiniest slice of lime
    Sounds good, but I'd prefer Longjing tea
    can you get Roquefort?

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Sounds good, but I'd prefer Longjing tea
    can you get Roquefort?
    Yes, no problem. There's a supermarket chain here, Big-C, that has French origins (Groupe Casino), and they sell all the "real" stuff in their Big-C Xtra stores. They even have their own branded items which are quite reasonably priced. Unfortunately, I have only a somewhat bleak Danish copy in my fridge right now, which is what the local supermarket sells.

    As for the tea, there's Oolong tea grown in Thailand that tastes so good that people travel from China to buy it, or so they told me. It's grown by Chinese refugees who arrived here in 1948 (yes, that's nineteenfortyeight) in a little village called Ban Rak Thai in Mae Hong Son province on the border towards Myanmar. Since they have still not been granted Thai citizenship, they can't travel much and mostly stay in their village, growing and drinking tea, mostly Oolong and Jasmine.

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Great results from this little jewel and it seems a good fit to this camera, whose name we shouldn't mention, with the free grip.

    Kind regards.
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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Great results from this little jewel and it seems a good fit to this camera, whose name we shouldn't mention, with the free grip.

    Kind regards.
    Oh Bart - just buy the damned camera and shell out the (modest) fee for the grip.

    You know it makes sense!

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Jono, so you like the grip? I have the EM5, but so far manage without the grip, even with a heavier lens as the 14-140.

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Looks nice, but I think I stay with my Zeisses and Zuikos.
    Time for a macro throw-down: 60mm Elmarit-R vs 60mm Makro Planar-C

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    @ monza, jorgen, and jono: I am enjoying the OM-D, but still want to decide between it and the NEX-7.... so yes, please!

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    Time for a macro throw-down: 60mm Elmarit-R vs 60mm Makro Planar-C
    I wouldn't mind seeing the 60mm Elmarit R compared to the DG Elmarit 45/2.8

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    Looks a great combo Jono
    Easy enough to pop on a lens .. but hard to get great images

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    Time for a macro throw-down: 60mm Elmarit-R vs 60mm Makro Planar-C

    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    I wouldn't mind seeing the 60mm Elmarit R compared to the DG Elmarit 45/2.8

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    Sounds like a grand idea . . . but who's got all three lenses? Who's got 2 of 'em come to that (I know I haven't).

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    I can say Leica R 60mm lens perform better(sharpness, contrast, etc) than Leica 45mm 2.8 macro, I tried on GH2 and OM-D, although I prefer 45mm bokeh
    Obviously you need a tube to get 1:1 macro magnification and you lose OIS and AF

    Zeiss 50mm makro planar is very close from f4, f2.8 go for the Zeiss

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Jono,

    That answers one of my questions re: the Leica R lenses.

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Hi there
    a couple more from today converted with silver efex pro2









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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    Jono,

    That answers one of my questions re: the Leica R lenses.

    Cheers, Matt

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    HI Matt
    Which question does it answer?

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi there
    a couple more from today converted with silver efex pro2

    What Fun!
    Looking good in b/w and I like the different shapes of the bracken's new leaves unrolling.
    But regarding the fun factor: shouldn't we better start a thread like <Lots of Fun with R243> so others (hopefully) might join in as well ?
    I, for one, have a nice R-to-m43 adapter and some wonderful R-glass ...

    All the very best.
    Last edited by Knorp; 27th May 2012 at 00:51.
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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    My 60 macro and adapter are now paired.
    Seriously - wow this is a fantastic lens.















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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    I have a bid on a nice OM 50mm f/3.5 macro on eBay It's about all I can afford (currently @$91). Leica glass is way out of my league. I could probably get one that was run over by steamroller (but that would still cost $300).
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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Quote Originally Posted by etrigan63 View Post
    I have a bid on a nice OM 50mm f/3.5 macro on eBay It's about all I can afford (currently @$91). Leica glass is way out of my league. I could probably get one that was run over by steamroller (but that would still cost $300).
    As far as Leica lenses go this one isn't too bad....but I did sell off a bunch of gear to make it a net neutral purchase.

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Love it and really like the FL on m4/3 I think. I have the 45/2.8 and occasionally use my EF Tamron 90/2.8 macro but think the 60 would be "just right" and this one appears to be really outstanding.

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    Wonderful images Jono and Terry! I'm still waiting for my OMD to arrive....but now you've got me on the hunt for a Leica 60 macro too.

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    World's greatest macro lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    As far as Leica lenses go this one isn't too bad....but I did sell off a bunch of gear to make it a net neutral purchase.
    I remember, about 4 years ago, seeing a company that made manual macro lenses using 4 fluorite elements in the design. They made a 100mm and 60mm, for about $4000 ea. I also saw a test between the 100mm and the 105mm Nikon micro lens. The fluorite was better. But I cannot remember the name of the company.
    Also, Voigtlander's discontinued 125mm macro has a real following.

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    The 100/2.8 APO Macro Elmarit is a lot pricier but also an amazing piece of glass, 100mm means lots of working room.

    Another alternative although relatively uncommon is the 60/2.8 Makro Planar-C in Contax/Yashica mount. Very similar rendering to the 60 Elmarit in a lighter package. I use this on a NEX 7 with great results. Photos below were shot with this lens.

    Probably the best bang for the buck: Micro Nikkor 55/2.8 AIS. Very common so it's reasonably priced.



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    Re: Costal Optics UV-VIS-IR macro

    RichA,

    The lens you're talking about is the Costal Optics (but the company was bought by Jenoptik a few years ago). The lens contained not only fluorite but also quartz glass for better UV as well as IR transmission.

    I own this lens, along with the Leica 60/2.8 and the Pany 45/2.8. I used to own the Zeiss 60/2.8 as well, and it's color was different than the Leica and while lighter weight, I preferred the smaller size of the Leica and so sold the Zeiss. The Costal Optics is a different lens; very neutral looking images yet bitingly sharp.

    For macro work, I think the Pany looks every bit as good as the Leica on my OMD. Color rendition is different, but the Pany is lighter. While accused of soft corners, the Pany seems to me evenly sharp across the frame from 1 meter or less (I've not carefully studied it at infinity). However, macro lenses are not optimized for infinity but for the 1:2 to 1:1 image size range; and so I'd not expect perfect distortion free edges at infinity. (Meanwhile non-macros are typically optimized at 1:10 image size, not truly at infinity either, but in-between.) For travel with the OMD, I'd take the Pany 45/2.8.

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    As for the Costal Optics macro, the description of the lens, was:

    "60mm UV-VIS-IR 1:4 Apo Macro provides full apochromatic correction over an extraordinarily broad waveband ranging from the onset of atmospheric ultraviolet transparency at 315nm to the limit of CCD/CMOS sensitivity at 1100nm in the infrared.

    "Ordinary quartz-fluorite lenses cannot be color corrected into the infrared due to limitations inherent in these optical materials. The 60mm UV-VIS-IR 1:4 Apo Macro lens achieves unprecedented correction from UV through IR by combining fluorite and quartz with elements made from carefully selected high transmission glasses."

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    Re: Olympus OMD with Leica R 60 f2.8 elmarit macro

    I've been dreaming about the CO60/4 for a couple of years now. The USD 3.000 was a bit high for me then and I think it is at USD 4.500 now...
    Meanwhile I have the Zuiko OM 50/2 Macro and the Elmarit-R 60/2.8. Of these lenses I like the Olympus for the speed and softer rendering of OOF edges which the Leica sometimes renders a bit... edgy.
    What's your opinion on the CO60/2.8 when compared to the Elmarit Macro? The Leica has given me many great images of good definition and with very little of CA.

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    Re: Costal Optics UV-VIS-IR macro

    Quote Originally Posted by rjones View Post
    I used to own the Zeiss 60/2.8 as well, and it's color was different than the Leica and while lighter weight, I preferred the smaller size of the Leica and so sold the Zeiss.
    You are referring to the standard 60mm Makro Planar, which focuses to 1:1 and is indeed quite large. I'm speaking of the 60mm Makro Planar-C (C for 'compact') which is quite small (smaller and 30% lighter than the 60mm Elmarit) and focuses to 1:2.

    Here is a size reference (NEX kit lens and Contax adapter.)


    I'm thinking of adapting the Contax 645 120/4 APO Makro Planar FLE. Quite big however.

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    Re: Costal Optics UV-VIS-IR macro

    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    I'm thinking of adapting the Contax 645 120/4 APO Makro Planar FLE. Quite big however.
    Yes it is, but there are hardly anything else can fault it for, is there?

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    Monza,

    You are correct, I had the larger 1:1 Zeiss.

    I too rather like macros and have a few Pentax versions as well (K, P645 120mm and P67 100mm). By using combinations of P67-->P645, P645-->K, and K-->m43 adapters, the larger macros work well (including some of the P645 teles like the 400mm on the OMD), but are rather cumbersome. Their weight forces one to use a tripod (with IBIS off) for the sharpest images.

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