First Look: Olympus 60mm Macro Lens

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.

Star Anise

F5.6 1/100 ISO 200

Leaf Macro

F8 1/160 ISO 1250


F6.3 1/100 ISO 3200

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3 Responses to First Look: Olympus 60mm Macro Lens

  1. John R January 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Great lens, I love mine, and I still find new ways to use it, it’s more than a Macro lens, it’s also a very sharp lens in day to day use!

    • Giulio Sciorio January 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      Hi John, would you use this lens for portrait work? Seems like it would be a good choice for portraits as well.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!



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