I have a tripod. It's a cheap one made mostly out of plastic but it does the trick. I've already lost a few of the thumbscrew knobs on it due to the stupid manufacturing decision of metal screws into plastic threads!!!! But i have it rigged with Irwin Quick Grip Clamps.
I have 2 lenses that i got in a kit with the camera. A 14-45mm lens which i use for just about everything. And a 40-150mm that's pretty much useless indoors (until last night with the macro tube). I really don't understand much about 35mm:50mm, what they mean, or why they're better for macro. I just know that the only lens i have that's useful for photographing my build is the 14-45, and it doesn't focus in closeups. For instance, when i posted shots of my Aquaero, i tried for like 2 hours to get a detailed shot of the PCB to no avail. The 50mm f2 lens is supposed to be the absolute best macro lens for my camera (~$500). The 35mm is called the 50mm's "Little Brother" and it has excellent reviews ($229 BNIB).
I just wanted to be able to take detailed closeups with my camera, so i was either gonna get the EX-25 macro extender or the 35mm lens. I chose the EX-25 because it's cheaper.
It's a micro four thirds mount camera. And it has a CCD (?) sensor. The only reason i know that is from the other day when i was googling how to get the 2 specs of dust off the sensor (which i still haven't been able to).
There's no chance of me buying the $500 50mm lens. I ONLY bought this camera for this specific build log. I've already spent more than i wanted to on photography (Camera, EX-25, Lighting, Backdrops).
THIS is the 35mm lens review from slrgear.com if you're curious. These are the sample shots from the review
f3.5 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
My camera's the Evolt E-500, they used the E-510 so it should be the same with my camera
"We shoot both images using the default JPEG settings and manual white balance of our test bodies, so the images should be quite consistent from lens to lens."
So basically if i returned the EX-25 and bought the 35mm, i'd have the 14-45mm for all my standard shots, the 40-150mm for long range, and the 35mm for macro/closeup shots
Stick with what you have it is working for you now and why spend more money??? but if you could get the 35mm by returning the ex-25 I would do this.. like NYMD said you can spend more on lens than on the build pretty easy. I did not mean to create a monster I thought I was selling you everything you would need and more as far as a camera!! you have taken some wonderful pictures and I know you have more time on your hands than most people so why invest the big money just take your time play with the settings and edit them and you should keep producing pro quality shots like you have been doing
Now you have got me thinking I need a 35mm instead of the 55mm
Edited by seross69 - 1/18/14 at 6:33pm