Praying Mantis: a botched macro attempt

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One of the things I miss most about my Olympus XZ-1 is its fantastic super macro mode, which allowed a focus of around 1cm from your subject. The kit lens on my Olympus E-PL3 doesn’t have any kind of macro facility, which is lamentable. Recently I decided to splash out and buy a longer zoom, which I have been forcing myself to use ever since – not with a great deal of pleasure, it must be said.

Anyway, I had only this lens with me when I spotted this praying mantis, and decided to try it out for macro…not successfully. Despite its light weight, it’s still too long at it’s furthest extension to be easy for me to hold steady. And, of course, the image quality suffers terribly at that length anyway.

Don’t bother clicking image to view full size.


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