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Using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 for Macro Photography

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lensare quickly becoming my go to camera and lens for macro photography.   My previous macro camera and lens were the Canon 5d Mark iii and Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens which is also a terrific combination for macro.

Pink Flower Macro

Why would I switch to the Olympus OM-D setup over the Canon 5d Mark iii?  Here are a few of my reasons.

Light and Compact 

This helps in several ways.  Not only is it lighter and more convenient to carry around, I can also slip it in my jacket pocket when out doing bird or wildlife photography.  This makes it easy to take a macro photo if I see the opportunity.  The light weight also helps with ball head slippage that can occur with a heavier camera and lens.

Articulating LCD screen

I normally manual focus my macro photography shots using the LCD screen on the camera.  The articulating LCD screen on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 makes it easy to focus when composing a high or low shot.

Bee on a Yellow Flower Macro

Depth of Field

The 2.0 crop factor of the micro four thirds line of cameras helps to get everything in focus on a close up photo without using focus stacking. 

Easy Access to Macro Camera settings

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 was redesigned with more buttons to give quicker access to camera settings.  Settings such as manual focus and 2 second timer can be quickly accessed from the top of the camera.  I also set the magnify function to the Fn1 button and Focus Peaking to the Fn2 button for quick access.

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  • Vlad

    I would think that exellent inbody stabilization of the olympus would help a lot for those quick off hand shots.

    Do you use the 60mm macro? I'm thinking about gettng one myself.

    • Martin Belan


      Yes, I really like the 5-axis image stabilization on the Olympus OM-D E-M1.  It helps alot with macro and low light work.  I do use the Olympus 60mm macro.  Its a really sharp lens and it’s small and lightweight – fits in your pocket when hiking. 

      Thanks for visiting the blog and leaving a comment!


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