Zuiko 60mm Macro - user experiences?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Mattr, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Mattr

    Mattr Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 5, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    Matt Robinson
    Hello all - I'm sure there are plenty of users of this lens, could you share your experiences of it's performance please? I'm interested in its abilities both as a Macro and a portrait lens - 60mm should place it nicely at the longer end of a traditional portrait tele.

  2. HappyFish

    HappyFish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 8, 2012
    look up Ming Thein review

    I love it amazing lens I mostly use it for macro work rings and details not as portrait ? I have the 75 oly or I use 85 on FF for portraits

    well worth having :) 
  3. bcaslis

    bcaslis Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2011
    Wilsonville, OR, USA
    Brian Caslis
    I've got the 75mm f1.8 so I'm using it only as a macro so far. Only had it a few days but it's easily the best macro lens I've used. Even better than the Nikon 105mm and 60mm from what I see. And m43 has an advantage as a macro platform because of it's greater DoF compared to larger sensor cameras. One quick image, the leaf was pretty small and blowing in the wind at the time.

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    Red leaf macro (Lightroom 5.2 RAW ISO 640) by bcaslis, on Flickr
  4. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
    I have it and having bought it for macro was amazed at how good it was as a portrait/general purpose lens as well
  5. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    Since I bought this lens, it has become my favourite lens: I do love macro, although the lens is also good at normal distances. I have not tried using it for portraits very much, since I tend to use the 45mm for that, but the photographs of people that I have taken with it seem satisfactory to me (although there is less subject isolation with this lens due to the f/2.8 maximum aperture than there is with either the 45mm f/1.8 or 75mm f/1.8).

    Some examples:

    Thrift flower by James E. Petts, on Flickr

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    Bee's tongue by James E. Petts, on Flickr

    Poppies by James E. Petts, on Flickr
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  6. Superstriker#8

    Superstriker#8 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 24, 2013
    Is it any slower to focus on panny bodies?
  7. Superstriker#8

    Superstriker#8 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 24, 2013
    Is it any slower to focus on panny bodies?u
  8. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    I've purchased this lens with Macro in mind, but soon found that it is also an excellent portrait lens.
    It captures beautifully the most delicate details when you're doing portraits (ex, hair, skin, etc), and the colors it renders are more vibrant than the ones from my Panasonic lens.
    I also have the Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 wish is very good, but I'm tempted to say that I enjoy even more shooting with the Olympus 60mm Macro.
  9. Marc0

    Marc0 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    I like it; some of my pictures taken with it:




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  10. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2013
    It's a great portrait lens. I haven't really done much with macro yet. Works just fine as a landscape lens too. I won a photo contest with it the first week or so I got it.

    It's wickedly sharp. It rivals or matches the 75 IMO....except it is weatherproof and a stop slower.

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  11. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    I see you are using it as a portrait lens! :biggrin:

    Nice images,

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  12. blitzvitz

    blitzvitz Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 21, 2013
    Manila, Philippines
    Jourdan Fernandez
    I use mine with my GH2 and my E-PL5, focusing wise they're both pretty instant. I have no qualms using it on the Panasonic

    Sample with the GH2 handheld, using AF
    Flower Petal 1/25 F8 ISO640

    Sample with the E-PL5 handheld as well, using AF again
    Inverted Water Drop 1/160 F5.6 ISO2500

    I'm really surprised about how useful AF is with this lens especially with the focus limiter settings, I used to shoot Macro with a 180/3.5 on a tripod with a focusing rail, but the 60 is so liberating and easy to use with AF

    As a portrait lens I don't recommend it for head&shoulder work, it's difficult to get subject isolation via blur the way you could with say a 90/2.8 Macro on full frame
  13. Superstriker#8

    Superstriker#8 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 24, 2013
  14. zensu

    zensu Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama USA
    I used to shoot with a Nikon D90 and 105mm AFS Micro Nikkor and it not only gave me consummate results but it handled portraits as well as macro, so does the 60mm. Now I'm using the E-M5 with the 60mm. I'm a very, very happy photographer and more than satisfied with it's consummate results.
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