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    For a long time - a couple years - my only 35mm camera and lens was a Nikon F with a 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor.

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    I use my 50mm f3.5 Macro Zuiko as standard. Infinity to 1/2 life size can't be bad for versatility and it would take a camera club enthusiast know-all to argue that there is any significant reduction in image quality.
    I'm into painting with light - NOT painting by numbers!

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    It depends on the Macro lens. My Tokina 90mm f/2.5 is very nice at all focal lengths. The 120mm f/5.6 Nikkor-AM, on the other hand has a very small image circle for a large format lens. At infinity, it doesn't even cover 4x5".

    I can't speak to your Zuiko, sorry.

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    I have never had problems using a 50 f/2 Zuiko macro as a normal lens. Sometimes its dual purpose gave it a spot in the lineup of the few lenses I could bring backpacking. Other times it lost its place because it was "relatively" heavy.

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    I pack a Zeiss 50mm f/2 macro with my EOS 3.

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    I just got a Zuiko 35mm/3.5 macro
    I have never heard of that lens, 35mm is a very short focal length for a macro lens. I know they made a 35mm shift lens and a 50mm macro.
    Anyway, I have made good images at infinity with both my Makro-Planar 60mm and Yashica ML 55mm Macro.
    Last edited by ic-racer; 06-17-2012 at 09:35 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I do know that a number of 35mm/2.8 lenses were modified for close focussing, rather than macro for use by UK Government departments in the mid 70's, this was before Olympus dropped the name Zuiko from the lens front. I think principally they were used by the Customs, but for what purpose I have absolutely no idea.

    I only know about them when a dealer specialising in used photo equipment bought a 'job lot' at an auction. You may have got hold of one of these.

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    Ma canon EF 100 Macro (Non-L) is my longest lens and I use it for both macro and portraiture etc. The only macro lens in the canon lineup that wouldn't be suitable for standard photophapby would be the 5x manual focus macro lens, but that's a specialty item anyway.

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    They do work fine near infinity but tend (to make an overgeneralisation) to be overcorrected for spherical aberration at long focusing distances, which means that nisen-bokeh (rings and line-doubling outside the DOF) is common at lower (0.1x) magnifications. A floating-element lens will be better in that respect.

    Edit: holy thread-revival, batman! I only noticed when I went back to page 1 and saw a reply from QG - a name not seen around here in a long time.

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    Macro lenses is basically focused on pixels of camera. The lenses 50 mm to 35mm is sufficient for normal photography.

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