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Just Picked Up The O60/2.8 Macro Today...

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by tyrphoto, May 22, 2015.

  1. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    Olympus gave me a lifetime 10% discount card today, on any current or future Olympus branded products. This along with my usual 10-15% off Olympus lenses afforded me the 60/2.8 along with the lens hood and a B+W filter for less than the price of the lens itself. Life is good. :biggrin:

    Anyways, I got a chance to take some snaps today with the lens and so far very impressed. Very sharp wide open, no CA to speak of, no distortion to speak of, very snappy AF (borderline blazing once the focus limiter is set to 0.4m to infinity for general shooting) along with accurate AF, great color and great contrast. IMO, this is technically one of the best Olympus lenses right up there with the O75/1.8. Better than the O12/2, O17/1.8, O25/1.8 and O45/1.8. I don't do much in the way of macro but the IQ was too good to pass this lens up as just a macro specific lens.

    Anyways, a few shots from my walkabout today, all shot wide open to get a feel for how it performs.

    "Private Drinking Rooms"

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 60MM, F2.8, 1/250, ISO 200

    "Mid-Afternoon Snack"

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 60MM, F2.8, 1/320, ISO 200

    "Fire Hydrants"

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 60MM, F2.8, 1/320, ISO 200

    "Midday Traffic"

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 60MM, F2.8, 1/1000, ISO 200

    "Gangnam Geometry"

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 60MM, F2.8, 1/640, ISO 200

    "Reflections In Gangnam"

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 60MM, F2.8, 1/800, ISO 200

    "Food On The Go"

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 60MM, F2.8, 1/125, ISO 200
     
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  2. TwoWheels

    TwoWheels Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 28, 2014
    British Columbia
    Evan
    I agree with your assessment. It's a great lens and one of my favorites to use. You captured some nice moments above.

    That's a nice benefit!
     
  3. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 4, 2014
    Maryland
    Loren
    One of my favorite lenses... Definitely the prime that I use the most (until the 300 comes out). Love it for macro.
     
  4. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    I'm going hiking tomorrow so I'm looking forward to taking more shots with the lens. Maybe there will be a few flowers or such to try some handheld macro even though that's not my thing. :hmmm:
     
  5. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran

    758
    Jun 4, 2014
    Maryland
    Loren
    Might even be a little overkill for flowers (depending on what you are going for), but yes, you can do handheld macro with the 60mm rather effectively. Either way, congrats on getting the lens.
     
  6. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    Nice images, and I agree whole-heartedly it's not just good for macro.
     
  7. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    Oh yeah. The nice folks at Olympus gave me some Olympus branded air blowers which are nice and small to fit nicely in a bag and two different sizes of Olympus branded micro fiber cleaning cloths. :biggrin:

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  8. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I do agree, but I still wonder if I'd have bought it if I was not at all interested in close focus.
     
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  9. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    Another one from today's walkabout.

    "Killing Time @ Starbucks"

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    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MK.II, 60MM, F2.8, 1/125, ISO 400
     
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  10. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Ooh, what do you have to do to join that club? :)
     
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  11. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    I've seen some nice portraits shot with it too.
     
  12. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    Pretend like your a VIP... "very important photographer". :biggrin:

     
  13. listers_nz

    listers_nz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 22, 2013
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Simon
    Ordered one of these myself a couple of days ago, can't wait for it to get here. Ordered it as much for non-macro as macro. The aim being to replace both my adapted macro lens and an adapted 100mm lens on a focal reducer (the 60mm will be slightly wider than that, which is what I wanted) and thus reduce the amount of kit in the bag.
     
  14. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 4, 2014
    Maryland
    Loren
    I'm not sure I could pull that off...
     
  15. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    I'd have to do a lot of pretending. :laugh:
     
  16. Effuse

    Effuse Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 21, 2014
    BC, Canada
    Loving these shots! This is making me want the lens so much more! I ordered one ages ago and it arrived to my door smashed to pieces, I got refunded but needed the funds for an emergency, Time to start hiding away sections of my paycheque till I can afford this again!
     
  17. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    I've found that I can do decent handheld shots with the 60mm on my PM2 as well as the EM5. Feels a little silly but works fine for morning walks when I don't want to take the "big" camera.
     
  18. SkiHound

    SkiHound Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2012
    I really enjoy the 60 too. I also have the 75, just couldn't suppress the GAS after reading the reviews. The IQ from the 75 is stellar and probably better than the 60. But the 60 is really good and I use it far more. I'm not a real portrait person. But I find the 60 much more versatile for what I do. The focal length seems to suit me better, I like the environmental sealing, I like the close focusing/macro (I don't do much true macro but I do a lot of pretty close focus work), it's lighter, focuses remarkably fast for a macro lens. I'm talking myself into selling the 75. Great lens, I just reach for the 60.
     
  19. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 4, 2014
    Maryland
    Loren
    My experience is very similar to yours. I have the 75 for portraits, and it is awesomely sharp, but hardly ever have need for the focal length.