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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, Focal Length - 60 mm
- 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 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|
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|Dimensions||2.2 inches x 3.23 inches x 2.2 inches||2.52 inches x 3.39 inches x 2.52 inches||4.41 inches x 3.23 inches x 3.23 inches||2.2 inches x 1.81 inches x 2.2 inches|
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|Maximum Aperture||2.8||Information not provided||2.8 f||Information not provided|
|Max Focal Length||60 mm||150 mm||60||45 mm|
|Min Focal Length||60 mm||40 mm||30||45 mm|
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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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.
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
One more five star rating for the lens - the attached images speak for themselves. I purchased it to replace my belove Zuiko 50mm macro that was on the aging E-30 body. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Gengler
Tack sharp lens with good color and contrast. It is compatible with EM1's focus stacking mode.
Lens hood is not included in original packaging. Read more
Very happy with this lens. Great results. Not a pro quality build but the glass is great.Published 1 month ago by Dan Polley
I did not test the picture-taking performance which I suspect is excellent. The low rating is because of the shoddy assembly with several visible dust specks inside the lens and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by cr
It does its job well, and it can be used for other things other than macro, but the slow manual focus does limit it's abilities some. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elemino
Awesome macro lens. I've started taking my 3/4 Olympus OM-D em-10 around because it is much lighter and easier to carry than my larger Canon SLR with heavy glass. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Captain Ahab
Can't really say much that hasn't been said already, it's extremely sharp and has accurate focus. I'll just add that it takes some good lighting to get a good photo. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jaime
I like taking close-up photos, not necessarily true macro (1:1) that often, but close enough that a macro lens is about all that is going to work within that distance. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bryan Spencer Salva
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 6 months ago by Sriram S