Olympus 60mm Macro am I expecting too much

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Paul80, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. Paul80

    Paul80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 6, 2014
    Hi all

    I am in a bit of a quandary regarding my Olympus 60mm Macro

    Looking at the results posted on this forum most of you are getting pin sharp results, but mine is not giving me that degree of satisfaction, so I set about doing some tests.

    Images below were with the lens mounted on my Lumix GX7 which was mounted on a heavy Tripod and a cable release was used to trigger the camera, all Image Stabilisation was turned off and the camera was set to A mode with ISO set to 200.

    First set of photos are one each at f2.8, f4, f5.6, f8, f11, f16 & F22

    the final shot is a 10 image stack all shot at f8 with the focus walked through on a focusing rail.

    It might be my eyes as I am not convinced my new glasses are as good as they could be but do they look as sharp as they should be or do I have a suspect lens.

    Thanks for any input and help with this


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    10 Image f8 Stack

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  2. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Hi Paul,

    Let me preface this by saying that I'm no macro expert, nor do I have any personal experience with the O60 and I'm also not much of a pixel-peeper. Given all that, I'm probably not the best resource to answer this question. However, even when looking at the zoomed images my eyes don't perceive any issues with the sharpness.

    Do you have another lens that you can create a similar set of shots to allow some A-B comparison?
  3. ronk

    ronk Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2014
    Twin Cities, MN
    Actually, may be my glasses too, but they look pretty sharp to me. Now if you decide you don't want the lens...;) 
  4. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Seem sharp to me.
  5. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    A touch softer at f16 and f22 but that's to be expected. Otherwise they look pretty sharp to me
  6. Paul80

    Paul80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 6, 2014
    Thanks guys, Hoped it might just be me and my dodgy eyes.

    Will now stop worrying and just enjoy the lens.

    And stop going to Specsavers for my glasses, ;) 

  7. Tapper

    Tapper Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2013
    IvanK, can you do a direct comparison thread sometime with images to show the difference between the ZD 50 and the 60? Thanks.

    EDIT: Read about ZD50, these are not great specs for insects. Not true 1:1.
    • ZD 50 Closest focusing distance: 9.45 inches
    • Maximum image magnification: 0.52x

    Paul80, these seem pretty sharp to me as well. But I did not look at 100% (is that available on Photobucket?). Maybe try a more flat plane to plane angle so the DOF doesn't blur so much out and see what you think.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2015
  8. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Istm your picture could use more lighting.

    • Agree Agree x 1
  9. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    My wife is having second thoughts about her Specsavers glasses. That reminds me, I'm overdue for my eye check up etc.

    I think those photos are just what I would expect from the M.ZD60 macro lens. I like mine & I think those photos are fine.
  10. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    That lens requires the EX25 with it for it to be able to go to 1:1 magnification (or close to it).
  11. Paul80

    Paul80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 6, 2014
    Istm ?????
  12. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    It Seems To Me...I had to look it up.
  13. Paul80

    Paul80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 6, 2014

    It was not supposed to be properly lit, it was sat on my desk lit from a side window.

    I was just checking focus and sharpness, better lighting could mask any deficiency so I deliberately went with the flat lighting.

  14. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Actually, I rather liked the lighting for the medal. It added character to the image(s).
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