In case some of you guys who only started to follow my blog recently, you may not know that I previously used to own the Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 macro lens. I must admit that letting the lens go was one of the hardest decision I have ever made.
Spending time looking through old photographs I have made in the year 2009, I cannot help but to marvel at the capabilities of the 35mm macro lens. It has 2:1 magnification ratio (when used on 4/3 sensor), captures amazing details and sharpness, has really realiable autofocus even shooting at close distance, yet was so reasonably priced, possibly the cheapest fully digital and autofocus capable macro lens in the market. It is so difficult not to love this lens. I have had countless adventures doing macro hunting throughout my limited time with the lens (spent almost a year with it), and I have learned a great deal about macro and photography in general through this lens. It has taught me much, and it has been a huge part of my learning process. Those of you who have not picked up macro photography, do not even dare to brag about technicalities and mastering the camera controls. Seriously, pick up macro photography, then we will start talking.
All images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-520 and Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 macro, with the external flash FL-36R, in the year 2009.
Who says you cannot get bokeh at F3.5?
At 2:1 full magnification ration, even the tiniest creature can appear gigantic through this marvelous lens.
Insect portraiture, anyone?
One of my most favourite macro photograph of all time.
Back then, my execution of flash and diffusing methods were not that good yet, but this was a rare find. Mantis feasting on a large butterfly, not an everyday sight.
The power of a real macro lens: the ability to reveal even the tiniest of details.
Not a very good lighting control in this photograph, but it clearly shows what the 35mm lens can do when you can get close enough to your subject.
Will I get this lens back into my collection? At the budget price point, people will ask, why not? I own the 50mm F2 macro lens now, which is superbly sharp, and I could just add on an extension tube to gain more magnification ratio. Who knows, I might chance upon a used copy which I may not be able to resist. Nonetheless, this lens will always have a special place in my heart, and for those Olympus users, both E-System DSLR and PEN system cameras, it is worth taking a look at the Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 macro. If you are serious about macro photography, you cannot go wrong with this lens, ever.
Credit goes to my macro sifu, Amir Ridhwan, who has taught me much and inspired me greatly to pursue further in macro photography.
To be honest, I was almost the happiest, when I was shooting macro, than most other photography genres that I have explored, though I must admit I still kinda suck in this macro thing. Much work is needed to improve, but hey, I have the patience.
Amir, when will we go macro again? My hands are getting itchy.