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An excellent lens,
This review is from: Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Telephoto Macro ED Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics)
This is an excellent lens and is compact and light for a macro lens. It can be used as a portrait lens and as a fast medium telephoto lens for low light photography, as well as a macro lens.
There is a very comprehensive review of this lens at this web page:
Some other reviewers have commented that this lens is not a true macro because its image magnification is 1:2, rather than the 1:1 of a so-called 'true' macro lens on a 35 mm film camera. Actually, this is not the case in practice, because the sensor of 4:3 cameras (such as the Olympus E-series digital SLRs) is half the size of a 35 mm film frame, so a magnification factor of 2x applies to images taken by the 4:3 camera when they are printed or viewed on a computer screen. Therefore when close-up images taken by a 4:3 camera with the Olympus 50 mm 1:2 macro lens are printed, you get a similar effect to close-up images taken by a 35 mm film camera with a 100 mm 1:1 macro lens.
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Initial post: Jul 8, 2008 10:12:48 AM PDT
I was waiting for someone to point that out. Seems everyone remembers to use the 2x figure when discussing the zoom lenses, such as the 70-300 being roughly equivalent to a 140-600 in 35mm, but yours is the first mention I've seen of that calculation on this particular lens. I wonder why the people who purchase the extension tube thinking they will move closer to 1:1 are thinking.
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