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Got my Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro today!

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Jman, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. Jman

    Jman Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    Woo hoo!

    E-M5    ---    25mm    f/2.5    1/125s    ISO 400

    Got one in a very slim window of ordering availability at the Olympus US store and it came today. It's smaller than I thought it would be. While it's roughly the same length as the 12-50 kit zoom, it's skinnier, and so it feels rather tiny. It's also very dense, with a little bit of unexpected heft. The focusing is quick and silent, and the manual focus ring is, by far, the best feeling manual focus ring for any m4/3 lens I've used. It's really well damped and has just a buttery smoothness. Wonderful feel. Of course, the lens is plastic, but very solid..feels essentially the same on the exterior as my Leica 45 macro (which I will likely be selling) from a quality standpoint. Very tight tolerances, very solid feeling.

    E-M5    ---    25mm    f/1.6    1/200s    ISO 400

    There is almost no CA with this lens, even wide open at 1:1, though it's not 100% apochromatic. There is a very slight hint of longitudinal CA when shooting black on white, but this is essentially the only situation you'd see it in, and even then it's pretty well controlled. Looking forward to giving it the run around!

    Just some quick snaps...hope to actually get to shoot with it a little today, but not sure.
    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/100s    ISO 800

    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/60s    ISO 1600
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  2. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    Awesome, can't wait for mine to arrive!!

  3. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Congrats, Jordan!

    Review and images on the way, I hope? Pretty please. :biggrin:
  4. Jman

    Jman Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    Yeah, I'll have a review done in the next 1-2 weeks. Need to shoot with it a bunch first. My next reviews will actually be the NEX-7 and the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 for NEX. (don't worry...I'm not switching). Hope to write those later this week.
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Everything I've seen so far indicates that this is a very sharp lens with excellent color and contrast. Look forward to seeing more photos from you using this lens. :cool: 
  6. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Thanks! I am especially curious how you like it for non-macro work and how it does stopped down beyond f4 with diffraction.

    I am actually looking forward to the NEX-7 review as well, especially your take on the 24/1.8. I've been shooting a N7 with a Sigma 19, all for daytime landscape stuff... have been tempted by the Zeiss, but scared of the reported CA, PF and soft corners at infinity. It will be good to get your views, especially contrasted with the E-M5 and competitive m4/3 lenses. :2thumbs:
  7. Stubb

    Stubb Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 23, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    Thanks for the tip on ordering from the Olympus US store. They listed the lens as in stock, and I placed an order earlier today. Now I just need a third-party hood ;-)

  8. Jman

    Jman Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    Ok...shot a bit with this lens.

    I'm not sure if it's quite as sharp as the 75/1.8 at medium distances (but if it isn't, it's darn close) and at infinity, there may be a little bit of field curvature (have to test more, but it's non existent from 2m and closer). That said, it's still EXTREMELY sharp corner to corner, and close up it's just brilliant.

    Some quick samples:

    My usual test subject (wide open):
    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/40s    ISO 400

    100% crop:
    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/40s    ISO 400

    My typical edge sharpness/bokeh test on parking meters (wide open):
    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/500s    ISO 200

    100% lower right crop:
    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/500s    ISO 200

    And a little macro shot (I think this is at 1:1...the little 'zoom to 1:1' switch is super nice.) @ f/5.6
    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 1600
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  9. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    These shots from the 60mm that have been popping up in the forums are not only a testament to how sharp this lens is , but also to what m43 is capable of in general.

    I wouldn't be surprised if this lens is found to be sharper than the 75 in he tests that are soon to come.
  10. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Very tempting indeed! I think I need to streamline my lens collection before I take a plunge on this lens though. I am carrying way too many lenses with me these days, and swapping lenses too frequently on trips! :frown:
  11. CPWarner

    CPWarner Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 24, 2010
    Got mine today as well. Spidey here was kind enough to pose. Not the best shot as I hand held it with a little too much reliance on IS.

    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/8.0    1/5s    ISO 800

  12. kevwilfoto

    kevwilfoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 23, 2011
    Definitely regretting not pre-ordering directly from Olympus now. :( 
  13. Jman

    Jman Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    Some more shots from today. I tested a little more at infinity (though these aren't representative)...it's very sharp at infinity, but I do think there's a little field curvature at infinity (doesn't show up closer up).

    Anyway, loved the lens out today. Weathersealing on lens and body came in handy, as these were all taken after a rain, and there were a few times the wind blew and dropped big fat drops of water all over the camera and lens. No problems.

    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/125s    ISO 200

    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/100s    ISO 400

    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/6.3    1/80s    ISO 1600

    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/3.2    1/320s    ISO 500

    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/80s    ISO 200

    And who says you can't shoot small birds with a macro lens? (This is a tight crop, but I was able to get quite close):
    E-M5    ---    60mm    f/2.8    1/320s    ISO 400
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  14. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Beautiful images, Jordan!
  15. SkiHound

    SkiHound Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2012
    They seem to be getting them out pretty quick, at least in the USA. I virtually never pre-order but had been waiting for this lens. I pre-ordered from Adorama as soon as I saw it available and it's out for delivery. Should get it this afternoon. Considerably sooner than I had expected.
  16. Adams.rt

    Adams.rt Guest

    Really nicely composed and executed photos, Jordan. I especially like the grass with raindrops, very Zen. I love the bokeh this lens produces.
  17. scott0487

    scott0487 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 10, 2012
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Wow. Beautiful -- I love the handle photo, as well as the earlier one of your usual test subject. Thanks for sharing these.

  18. Binggy

    Binggy New to Mu-43

    Oct 12, 2012
    Hi. I plan to get this 60mm macro lens in 2 weeks. Any chance somebody can show how the 12-50mm kit lens in macro mode compares to the 60mm macro? I'm interested to see how much better the 60mm is in terms of macro capabilities (a few sample shots maybe?)

    Beautiful shots by the way!
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