I wish to continue my macro photography I pursued in the analogue world with an Asahi Pentax 28mm (& 50mm) AND in the digital with a Nikon Coolpix 4500 wide-angle lens with my recently-purchased Olympus E-M10 Mk II camera. I currently use its 'standard' 14-42mm lens, and I feel certain that one could put the oldie lenses to good use on the Olympus. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.


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Using old manual lens is standard technique in macro photography. You will need a lens adapter and a extension tube. You will probably appreciate a sturdy tripod, lens focusing rail and a wire release.

You will get good results with the 50mm, but you might struggle with the 28mm. It will give you high magnification, but little working distance; lighting your subject will be a chore.

This is a setup I sometimes use for macro photography of fishing flies - an old East German Tessar lens, on bellows and mounted on a focusing rail.

Macro setup with Tessar 2.8/50

This is one of my flies, captured with the Tessar (and image stacked).

A fishing fly

Here is unstacked photo of different flies, shot with a later model of the Tessar (optically the same the one on top photo, but with different diaphragm - I wanted to make use of the pentagonal artifacts).

a bunch of fishing flies

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    \$\begingroup\$ Belated many thanks for the helpful reply. I now have a better idea of how to tackle this feature. \$\endgroup\$
    – GB-UK
    Nov 26, 2018 at 16:45

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