10/3/12

Olympus M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 Macro review

Olympus E-M5 + M.Zuiko 60 mm Macro
@ f/5.6, 0,8 s. and ISO 200.
1:1 magnification.
Olympus introduced M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 Macro months ago, but now it is real. Once again I had to be impressed about the small size and weight of a lens. At first I thought the box was empty by judging the weight of it, but there was lens inside after all. The Macro is really compact and light weight, but still feels robust and well made. On top of everything this lens is weather sealed, so it should withstand adverse weather conditions especially if mounted on E-M5 body. Unfortunately the lens shade is not included and must be purchased separately.
Size comparison with a Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4.
On the top side of the lens there is a distance scale that shows the magnification ratio and close focus distance. This is useful, because of the large focus range compared to any normal lens. On the left side there is a selector for limiting the focus range for close distances. This is a handy feature and can prevent the focus from hunting back and forth in some situations.
M.Zuiko 60 mm macro and E-M5. The focus range selector
is visible on the side on the lens.
M.Zuiko Macro can reach 1:1 magnification ratio, but because of the 60 mm focal length that equals 120 mm full frame lens the subject is still in comfortable distance and not touching the front lens.
Olympus E-M5 + M.Zuiko 60 mm Macro
@ f/8, 1/125 s. and ISO 200.
Screws from MacBook Pro lap top.
The screw on the left is approximately 6 mm long and
the blue goo is thread locker.
The autofocus is fast in normal shooting, as fast as any m4/3 lens, but it takes a while to move from 1:1 to infinity. This only normal for a macro lens due to the large focus range.
Olympus E-M5 + M.Zuiko 60 mm Macro
@ f/4, 1/1000 s. and ISO 200.
Autofocus is not necessary or sometimes not even practical in macro shooting, so I'd like to see a button on the lens for activating the manual focus when needed. Programmable Fn button would really be excellent addition.
Olympus E-M5 + M.Zuiko 60 mm Macro
@ f/4, 1/500 s. and ISO 200.
M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 Macro is good optical performer and in macro distances it really shines. The sharpest apertures are f/2.8 - 5.6 and after that the diffraction gradually cuts in. I would still use even f/16 if I needed the depth of field, but the smallest aperture f/22 is visibly softer and I'd avoid that if possible.
Olympus E-M5 + M.Zuiko 60 mm Macro
@ f/2.8, 1/20 s. and ISO 800.
The 60 mm macro is suitable for general photography as well. The maximum aperture is not the fastest, but at least a stop better than that of the average zoom lens at the same focal lenght. The macro does not replace either M.Zuiko 45 mm or 75 mm because of the max aperture, but if you need a short tele and also fancy a macro lens the 60 mm could be the answer.
Olympus E-M5 + M.Zuiko 60 mm Macro
@ f/4, 1/640 s. and ISO 200.
Actual pixels from above picture, 811 x 811 px crop.
This is a nice addition to the already strong m4/3 lens selection. I liked it so much that I bought one after trying it. I own both the 45 mm f/1.8 and the 75 mm f/1.8, but I did not own any macro lens, so the 60 mm fills that gap just perfectly.



2 comments:

  1. Matti....very good user review without fancy graphs but what is imporant with nice writing & pictures.
    Must have found some bucks to buy one too:-)

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  2. Thanks, I tend to write more about the user experience than numbers or pixels.

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