Oh boy this post is late!! Early spring wildflowers are long gone and we’re into high summer flowers now. I’m still shooting, but am just a lazy blogger. Here are some of my favorites from the yard.
None of these were shot with my beloved Olympus 90mm legacy macro because it totally siezed up on me – the aperture ring stuck at 5.6. It went for repair, but unfortunately its days are numbered. Instead I used my system Lumix lenses – 12-35 mm f2.8, 35-100 f2.8 and some other old Olympus lenses – the 35mm f2 and the 135mm f2.8.
Because it’s mechanical, there is a physical linkage that stops down the lens. The ring that spins to set the aperture has little grooves in it and those are being worn down by using the lens. They’ve been filed to be more distinct and it works now, but not for long. It’s so old and odd that there are no parts. Unfortunately using my other lenses doesn’t get me what I want much at all. None are macro lenses and none have the reach or magnification I want.
So eventually I’ll have to replace it and I’ll be sad because it’s such a great lens. So sharp and bright. Heavy as hell, but I’m used to it. Not sure what I’ll end up with, but the leading candidate is the Panasonic 45mm f2.8 macro made by Leica. It’s close to the old lens, a tad less bright, but the magnification and angle of view are the same.
I will use it for as long as I can though. The old workhorse will have to go to pasture though. What an expensive paperweight!
Fine shots! Please tell us again what camera you use the Oly 90 f2 with.
Thanks! I use a Panasonic Lumix GH3. It’s 5 years old and the rear adjustment wheel is getting fussy, but it’s still doing fine.
A great loss to no longer have your 90mm. I have often considered a 90mm macro but the weight put me off.
I am not familiar with the Leica 45mm macro, but I have an Olympus 50mm f2 macro (legacy) , an Olympus 50mm f3.5 macro (legacy) and an m.zuiko 60mm 2.8. I rarely use the m.zuiko 60mm lens. Even though the m.zuiko 60mm has a pseudo manual focus, the 50mm f2 is a much better lens. The feel is better, the image quality is better.
I will be curious as to how you like the Leica 45mm after using the 90mm for so long.
The OM 90 isn’t dead yet. Still using it, but when I get a replacement I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say about it!