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Olympus MSC ED M. 60mm f/2.8 Lens
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- Weatherproof Macro lens withstands harsh conditions
- 7.4 inch minimum working distance
- 1x 35mm equivalent maximum magnification
- 13 separate lens elements in 10 groups assures faithful reproduction of finest details
- Focus limit switch speeds up auto focus
- Built-in working distance window for subject distance confirmation
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Devices||Olympus PEN, OM-D|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||LH-49|
|Compatible Mountings||Micro Four Thirds|
|Item Dimensions||2.2 x 2.2 x 3.23 inches|
|Item Weight||0.41 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.19 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||60 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||FourThirds|
|Minimum Focal Length||60 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||60 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||13|
|Number of Groups||10|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||46 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||20 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.65 pounds|
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro is a high quality macro lens is ideal for shooting a wide range of conditions, including applications such as landscape and portrait shooting. Featuring a closest focusing distance of 7.4 inches, this lens has excellent close-up capability with 1X* magnification, and dust-/splash-proof construction. The lens incorporates 13 lens elements in 10 groups with extensive use of special glass materials such as ED (Extra-low Dispersion), HR (High Refractive index) and E-HR (Extra-High Refractive index) elements to completely eliminate the chromatic aberrations that can be noticeable with telephoto macro lenses.
The new FR-2 Adapter Ring provides easy attachment of Olympus’s RF-11 ring flash or STF-22 twin flash allowing for professional and easy TTL Macro Flash Illumination at Macro working distances.The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro incorporates Olympuss exclusive MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism, which is based on a floating-type inner focusing system with three drive systems resulting in no change in the overall lens length during autofocusing. Other features such as focus limit switching and a shooting distance/magnification indicator window enhance macro shooting control and precision.
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Top Customer Reviews
As to features, it's got a focus limiter switch (although it's a bit tricky to use with gloves on), a scale showing your macro magnification and focusing distance, and can be set at the lens to a 1:1 macro magnification. Oh, and it's got a video-rated focusing motor, so you won't hear the lens focusing in your movies.
In my experience the lens is sharp right from 2.8, with stopping down grabbing you a bit more. But the reality is it's sharp right from jump.
I've not noticed any particularly glaring defects or aberrations of any kind. The bokeh is good. The build quality is good, though it is a plastic lens (and I'm so glad, as metal would have been $300 more), and the weather sealing merely adds to an already fantastic presentation.
I will echo one reviewer here by saying that the af is not the best. It's not terrible by any means, but I've definitely experienced hunting in situations I wouldn't expect it. The focus limiter absolutely helps with this and is an invaluable inclusion, but it doesn't fix it. Often we're manual focusing with macro anyway, so it's not a big problem. I love the 1:1 option on the dial, but I wish you could simply click it and have it stay there.
The fact that it doesn't include a lens hood is simply inexcusable. I think this is an unfortunate move by Olympus. That and the sometimes odd af issues would have forced me to give the lens 4 stars, were it not for the price. You could buy a lens hood for this lens and still (imo) be making out like a bandit, with a fabulous piece of glass for far less than the cost of a macro lens in a similar range for any larger dslr. I used the Sigma 150mm macro, and that thing is twice the price. Not only that, it weighs 1150 grams; this lens weighs less than 200. Ridiculous.
All things considered I have to, without reservation, provide this lens with its 5-star rating.
This lens continues to impress.Read more ›
Another consideration is the lack of image stabilization on the Olympus macro lens. After shooting the same test subject with shutter speeds from 1/25th down to 1/5th of a second (bad), there appears to be some advantage for the 45mm around the 25th of a second. Not a very well controlled test, sorry, and very difficult to actually measure.
A quick trip to the lake and flower gardens yielded comparable pictures. The Olympus was more reliable at focusing on a small close subject (a flower bud with the background several feet behind), but both lenses had problems at times. Of the 8 test shots I think most would choose 5 shot by the Olympus, 2 tied, and 1 for the 45mm; surprising.
The bokeh is nice and f2.8 gives a shallow enough depth of field to offer wonderful opportunities. The 60mm allows a nice working distance and modestly better for my insect macro work.
My tests were on a panasonic Lumix GH2 (16 meg). For slow shutter speeds I would stay with the Panasonic 45mm Leica, for all the rest I'm taking the Olympus. The fit and finish are excellent, sad Olympus doesn't include a simple lens case and hood. Otherwise a truly delightful lens I look forward to taking everywhere. Hope this helps. Pura Vida
It's long, skinny and light.
Plastic with metal mount but feels solid.
Weather-sealing is definitely a plus and pairs well with the OMD EM5.
Glass looks almost invisible with all the special coatings.
Image Quality: 5/5
One of the sharpest lens I've ever owned on any system including DSLRs.
Very low vignetting wide open.
CA and flare is very well controlled.
Not the fastest focusing lens on m4/3 in low light. Still faster than the Panasonic 20mm 1.7 though and this is a macro lens.
Manual focusing ring is nice and smooth but takes forever to turn.
Focus limiter switch helps a lot with focusing speed but might be awkward to access.
Focusing is quiet, which is great for video recording.
Quality Control: 2/5
This is mainly the reason why I gave this lens 4/5 stars. This lens is made in China and I just don't think it has the same quality control and manufacturing as in Japan. The first lens I ordered came with visible specs of internal dust. Second lens had black spots in the bokeh (possibly from dust or small air pockets). The third lens is fine as far as I can tell but it shouldn't have taken 3 tries. Just be sure to check your copy.
A very sharp lens that is a must have. I believe at $500 this lens is well worth it. It does macro but is versatile enough for a mid-telephoto / portrait lens. It's lenses like these that puts m4/3 sensors in the same league as the larger sensors. I normally would have to pay thousands to get an L lens for this kind of sharpness. The trouble of exchanging the lens until I got a good copy was worth it in the end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great lens - use it as both a portrait and Macro. Light, quick to focus, quiet. Hunts a bit indoors. Not the greatest of length for indoors. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Sriram S
Agree with all previous positive reviews and excellent Robin Wong's blog. Excellent glass. Razor sharp at f2.8 and several stops down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Robie
Everything that has been said about this lens in terms of the pros it's true: sharp, light, well made and it shines on both of my Olympus cameras. I love this lens. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bestbeast333
This has become one of my favorite lenses. I have used another lens on my Lumix GX-7, but for the price and versatility, I think this one is amazing!Published 3 months ago by Aaron Burden
At this point this lens is better than I am a photographer. I hope to grow into it, as I did the 12-40 mm 2.8 PRO. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard Berling
Love this macro lens. It stays on my EM1 and I switch to the other lenses. Excellent prime.Published 4 months ago by Jeffry N. Curtis
When I got my lens out of the box I had to laugh: was this little toy the fabulous Oly 60mm f/2.8 macro? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Moreno Tagliapietra
Having owned the lens for a few months now, I can say I'm very satisfied with my purchase. It has the furthest reach of any of the MFT macro lenses, which makes it ideal to use for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by WGC