Lenses & Cameras for Close Up Photography

I have been experimenting with different solutions to take pictures of flowers up close, and it isn’t easy to make a decision since each approach has pluses and minuses.  In all of the following images I have not cropped or changed the processing.  They are all jpegs from the cameras with only a few adjustments to exposure since the lighting varied throughout the period I was photographing.

The following are some I made with the Olympus TG-5 pocket camera.

The following were made with the Olympus E-M1 Mk II with the Panasonic 35-100mm lens with a macro lens added onto the front.

The following were made with the Olympus E-M1 Mk II with the Olympus 14 – 150mm lens without an added macro lens.

As a result of this limited experiment, I am leaning towards not using an added-on macro +5 conversion lens that I have been trying for a few days on various lenses.  It is hard to get the focus correct since it requires moving the camera to get into the very narrow window where the lens will focus.

It is easier to carry and use both the TG-5 and the 14 – 150mm lens mounted on the E-M1 Mk II since that gives me the maximum range of opportunities if I am anticipating needing to take close images of flowers, etc.  With crop-zooming I often only need the 14 – 150mm lens.  I also have the added benefit in that both of those set-ups are tolerant of the environment if I run into rain, snow, or dust.

But, I might order a true macro lens to try next.

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