Macro Photography and the EM1 mark 2 / 60mm macro combo
Nov 21, 2019

The Olympus 60mm macro lens combined with the Olympus EM1 mark 2 has been a workhorse for me for the last 14 months.  I use the combination with a few different add-ons.

1) The Raynox 250

2) The Raynox 202

3) Two Raynox 250s

4) The Raynox 250 + the Raynox 202

5) The MC-14 Teleconverter, combined with a Pixco 10mm extension tube, another 10mm Kenko extension tube and the 60mm macro lens with one of the Raynox 250s/202s.

I am able to get upwards of 5x magnification with number 5 and the Raynox 202.  The greatness of this setup is that you don't need to use a cumbersome bellows or a focus rail to get the pictures needed for focus stacking.  You can either (1) use the 15-image focus stacking feature which is "in-camera" or take as many pictures as you want using the focus bracketing feature to then stack in a software like Helicon or Zerene (I use Helicon).  With this ability I have been able to get images quickly and efficiently in poor conditions or studio setting that are I feel just as good as some of the shots taken with a setup of a rail and microscope objective fitted at the end of extension tubes.

If you utilize Olympus Capture software on your computer and tether your camera to the computer, you can move the focus using the little arrows in order to utilize the high resolution mode for focus stacking.  This enables you to get 50mp jpegs to stack, increasing the detail and providing the type of detail and resolution at an even greater magnification for either cropping or just better resolution in general of the final stacked image.

Here are a few images for comparison's sake.  I will try to post the lens combination in the description for each image.  For some I used the focus bracketing mode (especially for live insects).  For dead insects, snowflakes or sand grains I used the High Resolution mode, manually taking 20-100 images depending on the depth of focus needed for stacking.

Wolf Spider, live, stack of 120+ images using focus bracketing mode - Raynox 250x2

a stack of sand garnets, less than 1mm total height  - Raynox 202 with MC-14

the same stack of sand garnets above, but with less magnification to show next to a dime for comparison's sake.  Raynox 250 with MC-14

Phidippus putnami jumping spider - live (my pet) - Raynox 250 with MC-14 (lens set at 1:1:3

cuckoo wasp head from side, MC-14 with Raynox 202 , high resolution mode

black carpenter ant, live, focus bracketing mode (2 Raynox 250s)

live Bald Faced hornet on a cold morning (maybe a lost queen).  Raynox 250 with MC-14, high rez

focus stacking mode with the Raynox 202 only on the Olympus 60mm macro lens (10 image stack)

Hoar frost on edge of a leaf, focus bracketing mode out in the field - Raynox 202 with 26mm extension tubes and Olympus 60mm macro lens, stacked in Helicon

single garnet sand grain on another grain of sand (garnet is 1/4mm wide!)  MC-14 with the Raynox 202 and 60mm macro lens.  High rez stack of 45+ images (don't remember how many exactly)

stick bug eggs, only 1mm wide each   Raynox 250 x 2 and high rez mode stack of 100+ images