I was able to get my hands on the new Olympus 60mm macro lens on Monday. I ran around the house looking for things to try it out on. I took a few close ups and some regular portrait type shots. This is my first 1:1 macro lens so I don’t have anything to compare it to. I would not compare it to the Four Thirds 50mm macro, it’s definitely not a replacement for that lens. I noticed it wasn’t able to focus very well in low light so you may need to manually focus the lens in low light or use external lighting like an LED panel or flash light. Using F2.8 for a closeup shot does not work well because the focus is so tight that you are likely to not get much in focus unless the subject is completely flat so you’ll need a lot of light or use a high ISO when doing close up work. I was quite happy with the photos I got out of it. They were sharp and required very little post processing. See the video below to get a closer look at the lens and how it functions.
In addition to the photos below, there are a couple of food and jewelry shots at the end of the video.