This article features a selection of handheld photographs captured with the M.Zuiko 14-150 II with extension tubes. Many photographers enjoy doing macro-type photography but can’t justify buying a dedicated macro lens. This posting demonstrates some of the flower images that are possible when using the M.Zuiko 14-150 II with extension tubes.
My wife and I recently added the M.Zuiko 14-150 mm f/4-5.6 II zoom lens to our Olympus kit. Our rationale for this addition will be covered in a future article.
This morning I decided to test this lens with a set of Kenko M4/3 extension tubes. So, I attached both the 10 mm and 16 mm Kenko extension tubes to see what would happen.
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My first image opportunity this morning was a large mosquito perched on the outside of my patio door. I captured the image above shooting through two panes of glass.
I then wandered around my yard for less than 20 minutes to capture all of the photographs in this article.
I used the M.Zuiko 14-150 II with extension tubes in exactly the same manner I would use my Nikon 1 gear. I adjusted the focal length of the lens to acquire approximate focus and subject framing, then used single point auto-focus to nail down the composition.
It was fairly breezy this morning so I had to use somewhat faster shutter speeds with my photographs. In some cases I had to wait for the wind to subside a bit before grabbing a quick image capture.
Since my knee injury from earlier this summer still limits my mobility to some degree, there were a number of occasions when I used the articulating screen on my Olympus OM-D E-M1X for low-to-the ground photographs. This worked very well.
Extension tubes shorten the minimum focusing distance of your lens which helps create a magnifying effect. The trade-off is that they also reduce the amount of light reaching your camera’s sensor. You’ll notice that many of my photographs this morning were at high ISO values. I never hesitate to shoot my Olympus gear up to ISO-6400 as I always use RAW files and can easily address noise in post.
Misinformation about using M4/3 cameras abounds on the internet. ISO limitation is one area of misinformation. Another of the most common fallacies is that you cannot achieve shallow depth-of-field when using a M4/3 camera.
As you look at the various compositions in this article, it will become evident shallow depth-of field can easily be achieved with a M4/3 camera.
Sensor size has nothing directly to do with depth-of-field. Lens focal length, aperture, distance to subject, and the distance of the subject to the background, are the determining factors.
I found the auto-focusing performance of the M.Zuiko 14-150 f/4.-5.6 II zoom lens to be excellent. It was virtually instantaneous and very accurate when used with my E-M1X.
As blossoms were bobbing around in the breeze I had to time my shutter releases during split seconds of calm. As could be expected smaller blossoms were the most challenging.
As you review the EXIF data for each image you’ll notice that I didn’t bother to stop the M.Zuiko 14-150 f/4-5.6 down when creating these macro-type images. Instead, I shot it wide open at whatever aperture the focal length of this variable aperture zoom lens would dictate. This is a wonderful, little zoom lens that produces sharp images when shot wide open, with very nice colour rendition.
Overall, I was very pleased with how the M.Zuiko 14-150 II with extension tubes performed. It is small, light and very easy to handle.
Folks who enjoy macro-type photography from time-to-time, but can’t justify adding a dedicated macro lens to their kit, would certainly enjoy how the M.Zuiko 14-150 II with extension tubes performs. It is a small, lightweight and cost affordable zoom lens that is suited to a wide range of general photography as well as travel..
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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