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Olympus m.ZD 60mm f/2.8 macro lens

introduction

  • a nice weatherproofed 1:1 macro lens for Micro Four Thirds system matches the weatherproofed Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera with its 5axis 5EV IS very nicely indeed and makes macrophotography so much easier for at least we can do away with a tripod and the light camera and lens with flash will not make your muscles tremble as much under the weight as they would with a dSLR, plus the AF is very fast even for macro work.
  • traditional macrophotographers using manual focus may at last consider AF as a viable option.
  • the image quality is awesome - check out the reviews at the bottom
  • introduced late 2012
  • see also:
    • much faster AF
    • less CA
    • less flare - presumably thanks to the improved ZERO coatings and the smaller aperture
    • internal focus
    • focus limiter switch
    • 1:1 macro not just 1:2
    • apparently even sharper than the incredibly sharp 50mm at wider apertures which can introduce some moire issues
    • thinner, longer and lighter
    • BUT less good at blurring the background, and less good in low light as it is only f/2.8 not f/2.0, and not as sharp in the corners at non-macro distances

specs

  • 60mm f/2.8 (= 120mm fov in 35mm terms)
  • weatherproofed but plastic build
  • 13 elements in 10 groups, with one ED element, two HR elements and one E-HR element
  • Three of the groups float and perform focusing functions
  • 4 focus settings via dial on lens:
    • 0.4m - infinity
    • 0.19m - infinity
    • 0.19m - 0.4m
    • 1:1 macro
  • closest focus 0.19m (1:1 macro) giving a working distance from the front of the lens to subject of 7-8cm
  • wide manual focus ring
  • no focus markings other than for 1:1 (0.19m); 1.1.3 (0.20m), 1:2 (0.23m) and 1:4 (0.34m) and infinity
  • no DOF markings
  • 46mm filter
  • 185g
  • fast MSC AF not as fast as the 12mm f/2.0 or 45mm f/1.8 but comparable to the 75mm f/1.8
  • optional LH-49 bayonet mount, telescoping lens hood
  • RRP $599

reviews

photo/olympusmzd60mm.txt · Last modified: 2013/10/03 02:19 by gary1