Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro Lens, Black
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- 1.25X image magnification (2.5X 35mm equivalent
- 7 lens elements in 6 groups
- Closest focus distance is 0.095 meters
- 40 degree angle of view
- Aperture range f3.5 to f22
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Easy-to-Capture Expressive Imagery of Macro Subjects
Be an social media star in no time. If you love shooting close-ups and capturing intricate detail, this is the perfect lens. Turn ordinary subjects such as flowers, insects and jewelry into highly expressive, artistic shots. An everyday object like drop of falling water is easily transformed into an image with stunning power.
Shot with the PEN E-PL7 and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro.
Outstanding Optical Performance
Like all M.Zuiko Digital lenses, the 30mm f3.5 Macro is built to exceedingly high standards. It features 7 lens elements in 6 groups designed to produce images rich in color, detail and texture. Between a highest-in-class magnification of 2.5x (35mm equivalent) and a working distance of 14mm, this lens gets you close to your subject for easy macro shooting.
Beautifully Defocused Backgrounds
The 30mm f3.5 Macro lens takes sharp photos with artistically defocused backgrounds. A circular aperture creates stunning spherical defocusing effects also known as bokeh with minimal background distortion. This is lens is perfect for shooting portraits if you want shallow depth of field with a clear and crisp subject.
Best-In-Class Focusing Speed
Never miss a shot because your lens is too slow. With the 30mm f3.5 Macro lens, you’ll have plenty of speed to capture moving macro subjects. Based on Olympus’ internal testing, this lens is 20 to 30% faster than competitive macro lenses. Why? The lens’ focusing group has a lightweight design that considerably boosts autofocus speeds.
Shot with the OM-D E-M1 and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro.
The 30mm lens sits in the M. Zuiko family between the 25mm f1.8 lens and the 45mm f1.8 portrait lens giving you a wide range of shooting versatility. Take a variety of macro shots and portraits with artfully defocused backgrounds. Or use it to snap high quality photos of kids, pets and other everyday things.
Shot with the PEN E-PL8 and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f3.5 Macro.
Compact, Lightweight Design
This is a small lens with big advantages. Weighing only 4.5 ounces, the 30mm f3.5 macro lens conveniently fits in your pocket, purse or case. Its slim profile goes with the compact size of mirrorless camera bodies like the Olympus OM-D and the PEN families.
Great Addition for Underwater Shooting
Capture close-ups of fish and coral. To house a camera body and the lens, focus gear PRZR-EP07 and anti-reflective ring POSR-EP11 may be combined with the following camera housings: the PT-EP13 for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, the PT-EP11 for the OM-D E-M1, PT-EP08 for the OM-D E-M5 and the PT-EP10 for the PEN E-PL5.
Perfect Complement to OM-D and PEN Camera Systems
Ensure sharp macro shots without a tripod. Pair the lens with Olympus in-body image stabilization systems in OM-D and PEN cameras to shoot handheld macro photos without any blurring. Take advantage of the Focus Bracketing Mode on select Olympus cameras to create one composite image with stunning depth of field.
|Aperture Control Design||Controlled via Camera|
|Included Components||30mm f3.5 lens^LC-46 lens cap^LR-2 rear lens cap^manual^warranty|
|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 2.2 x 2.2 inches|
|Item Weight||0.3 pounds|
|Lens Design||Fixed Prime|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year|
|Maximum Focal Length||30|
|Minimum Focal Length||30|
|Number of Elements||7|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||46 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.55 pounds|
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When the price dropped due to a sale, I figured I’d give it a go.
Despite the plastic, it has a good build quality that feels nice in the hands. It’s very light, and the small size makes it pocketable. The manual focus ring is both large and smooth—perfect for dialing in focus.
When I first purchased the lens, I felt very lukewarm with it. I almost regretted the lens, and debating returning it. I really wanted to like it, but I didn’t. I couldn’t figure out if it was macro photography in general, or if it was the lens. I’m more of a street photographer, so macro was out of my element and experience. I started to recognize that this lens was specialized and won’t be suitable for many situations.
I wasn’t used to having to be really close to the subject, given the 30mm focal length. I’m assuming those that don’t want to get within inches of insects would rather purchase Olympus’ 60mm macro lens instead. While the 60mm is a faster lens, it also comes at a higher cost.
Initial Test Shots
As a photographer, one of the first things I look at is image quality of the photos. The images are sharp. I am very happy with the image quality.
I quickly found that a normal part of macro photography is to need to use some sort of additional lighting. While I could have brought out my transmitters with a flash, or purchased a ring flash or twin light flash for more money, I found that having a flash in the hot shoe with a light modifier/diffuser works very well (I have a Gary Fong light diffuser, but a plastic food container with lid would work just as well).
In good light, the lens focuses very well and fast. One thing I’ve found is that in low contrast, low light, and/or backlit situations, the lens does not want to focus and hunts. It will run through the focus range a few times, and then stop. When I first popped the lens on the camera, I did what I normally do with a new lens. I turn to my wife, and take a picture. She was backlit, and it hunted and hunted, so I recomposed a bit, then it focused. Ok. Then, after taking a picture of my wife, the second thing I usually do is take a picture of my dog. Dog sitting in the middle of the floor, later in the day, not much ambient light. It again, hunted, hunted, and hunted, didn't focus. I tried it again, but my dog got annoyed and walked off before I could snap a shot.
If you turn off your focus assist beam (I usually have mind turned off), be ready for focus hunting if you have the situations mentioned previously. If you turn your focus assist beam on, it’ll be somewhat slow to focus, but it should find focus. At least mine does.
After owning the lens for 2 months, I’ve decided that this lens is definitely a keeper. While it may not always make it to my bag, and it may not get taken on vacation with me, it’s a great lens to have in my arsenal.
It is a specialized lens, but the shorter focal length allows the option of having some of the background in the shot. This provides a different, and sometimes unique, perspective of the subject of the photo.
I’m very happy with the lens.
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Tried out with my Pen F & Factory Flash. and of course legos
Perfect size and weight.
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