Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 60mm f/2.8 ED Macro - Review / Test Report - Samples & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images & Verdict

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Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/30s
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Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/60s
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Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/22.0
Exposure 0.6s
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Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/6s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/50s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure 0.6s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 0.5s
Make Panasonic
Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/13s
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Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/40s
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Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/640s
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Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/80s
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Model DMC-GX1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/160s

Verdict

The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 ED macro may not be the best macro lens that we've ever tested but it is certainly an impressive one. The center performance is great and the outer image region is also very sharp at medium apertures. The corners could be better at large apertures though. Both distortions as well as vignetting are nothing to worry about. However, the amount of lateral CAs is higher than expected. The bokeh, and that's a primary aspect for macro photography, is smooth and buttery although the highlight rendition can show imperfections. On the mechanical side the M.Zuiko lens shows no weakness. Olympus used high quality materials and the lens is even protected against dust and water. Thanks to the MSC focusing system, you can also enjoy a more than decent AF speed at basically silent noise levels.

The question of the day is whether to prefer the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 ED macro over the Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH OIS ? As far as the key aspects is concerned the Leica lens may be a tad sharper whereas the M.Zuiko has a slight edge on the bokeh side. The choice is yours. :-)

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