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Olympus 60mm macro also good for non-macro work?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by chasm, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. chasm

    chasm Mu-43 Veteran

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    I'd be really interested to see what this lens can do in portraiture, street shooting, landscapes etc. Clearly it's a fabulous tool for serious macro work, could it be the perfect µ4/3 short telephoto as well?
     
  2. m43dex

    m43dex Mu-43 Veteran

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    I will be testing that out next week. It may pose a concern for some of your portrait subjects that it is a very sharp lens. This lens may show pores and other skin details than others lens don't.
     
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  3. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 21, 2011
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    One could just wait for the second part of Robert Wong's review to find out...
     
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  4. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I never worry about a lens being too sharp -- that is easily fixed. I would worry more about how the glass renders in a general sense.
     
  5. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Indeed, you could just crank up the luminance in Lightroom or the like to smooth out any unwanted detail.
     
  6. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Sure - why not? :smile:
    When I had my Leica 45mm ƒ2.8 MACRO, I often used it for non-MACRO shots :smile:
     
  8. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    I wouldn't worry overly about that... both Oly m4/3 portrait lenses are sharp and the 75mm in particular is super, super sharp, so that's by no means an impediment. I find that with portraits I usually want to do skin retouching (at least for women), even with the less sharp lenses. In Lightroom I simply paint the skin with an adjustment brush and the Soften Skin preset, then adjust to taste. Basically all it does is reduce Clarity so the micro contrast isn't overly harsh on the skin details. I guess if you were wanting to shoot straight OOC JPEGs it might be a concern though :biggrin:

    For me the concerns with the 60mm would be the smaller maximum aperture (somewhat less subject isolation in portraits), and whether the AF mechanism is reliable and fast for non-macro shooting. I anticipate both will be workable on this lens based on the design and early reviews, but we should know soon enough. In my limited experience with the 45mm f/2.8 macro, it's just fine as a general use lens so I'm hoping for the same from the 60mm Olympus.
     
  9. bcphoto

    bcphoto Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jul 25, 2012
    Indiana
    Bruce Conner
    Sharp portraits = nasty

    Unless you are shooting a grizzled old sea captain or some smooth skinned children.

    Use a lens like the Jupiter 9 for portraits.

    Fixing in Photoshop? Try combing hair in Photoshop. Fix before shooting is always the best.

    BC
     
  10. Kenny

    Kenny Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 9, 2012
    KL Malaysia
    U mean Robin Wong?
     
  11. m43dex

    m43dex Mu-43 Veteran

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    I owned the Pany 45mm and took several portraits with it as well. I sold it anticipating the Oly 60mm would be as good or better with greater reach. Based on reviews, AF will be no issue especially since there is a limiter switch. Anyway all of my concerns will be over next week.
     
  12. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oops - yes!
     
  13. rparmar

    rparmar Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    What does sharpness have to do with personal grooming?
     
  14. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    The sharpest people are always the best dressed.
     
  15. Gusnyc

    Gusnyc Mu-43 Veteran

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