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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · How to shoot 9x with your Olympus gear

Hey all - new here but been around discussing and showcasing my macro work in several other websites and forums. My name is Ethan Beckler and I am a macro photographer who specializes in focus stacking between 2x and 9x magnification. My main subjects are sand grains, snowflakes, spiders and insects. I hope you will enjoy this post.

I purchased an EM1 Mark 2 almost 4 years ago, moving to Olympus from the Panasonic FZ1000. I wanted a good macro system and a friend suggested Olympus. I was sold based on his work with the great 60mm f2.8 macro lens. I had heard about focus stacking, and wanted to excel at it.

First off, the way this is made possible is through the PIXCO extension tubes that are found here:


they can be found at other locations, but this brand PIXCO specifically are the ones you must have to make this work. It can be done in 3 different ways:

1. First way, and easiest is to buy one set of the tubes, and hook up the 10mm first to the protruding lens side of the MC-20, then the 16mm that will connect to the Olympus 60mm macro lens. It will look like this (ignore the brand name of the 10mm one - I could not find my Pixco brand 10mm tube)

This setup works fine, but there is a tad more space between the teleconverter lens and the 60mm macro lens than I would prefer. So I initially did the following in #2:

2. Buy two sets of the Pixco extension tubes since they are inexpensive, and use two 10mm extension tubes to attach to the MC-20 teleconverter. Do not use the 16mm one. You will reduce the void space between the teleconverter lens and the 60mm macro lens, providing more light and sharper images.

3. Now, you are wondering why not use the 16mm extension tube with the teleconverter on it's own.....the reason is that the 16mm extension tube has an opening that is too narrow to fit all the way down the shaft of the teleconvter lens. This is why this option can be best....use a sharp knife and just scrape out some of the plastic around the inside of the 16mm extension tube, which will allow the teleconverter to fit inside it all on it's own, providing the tightest fit for your teleconverter to be as close as possible to your 60 macro lens rear glass,

The electronic connections work perfectly, allowing autofocus to work - but more importantly, the focus bracketing setup to work.

With the third setup, you are right at 3x magnification when the camera is set at 1:1. Your distance to subject at 1:1 is at around 77 millimeters - very sufficient for lighting a subject.

Apr 26, 2022 at 12:50 PM

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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · How to shoot 9x with your Olympus gear

1of1images wrote:

Now, many are likely wondering, why not use the KENKO which is the better brand? Well, initially I found it to not work. The inside of the KENKO is narrow and SEEMED to be too small when I tried to fit it on. However, a friend of mine said it worked and you just needed to push some. Since then, I have found it works with no issue....only with the MC-20...not the MC-14. See attached video

see video link


Apr 26, 2022 at 12:52 PM

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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · How to shoot 9x with your Olympus gear

Now, the question remains of what type of images one can get with a setup like this?
I always use the 1/10 or 2/10 step size with my Olympus setup.

Using my Olympus EM1 Mark 3, the teleconverter, Kenko16mm tube, Olympus 60mm macro lens and then the Raynox 202, I was able to capture this snowflake, just 1.25mm wide this past winter. About 50 images stacked in Helicon. This was at 7.5x magnification.

If you use the Raynox 505, that's 9x magnification and VERY difficult to light. But that will be another reply....

Focus bracketing works flawlessly.

Apr 26, 2022 at 01:01 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · How to shoot 9x with your Olympus gear


I have the EM-1 original and find it does all I need for macro.

I use the (adapted) Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, often with the 3x TC. (Somewhere I haveX1.5 OR X1.4 TC).

When if first got the lens and TCs, plus a 4/3 tube, I tried to see what would work and I could use a TC or a tube but not both or both TCs stacked. The electronic connections would not function. You seem to have overcome this.

I now used the Laowa 25mm 2.5x -5x for above 1:1 so the above is just curiosity.

I used a Marumi achromat +5 for two or three years but only with manual focus lenses. I then bought a Raynox MSN-202 which required no TCs or tubes.

How did you chrome plate the snowflake?


Apr 28, 2022 at 09:59 AM

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