Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review by Laura Hicks at Digital Camera Review: Love at First Click

Laura's camera of choice for this lens review was the Olympus E-M5:

"This one is a keeper. I am a big fan of this lens -- mainly due to my love of all things macro. The autofocus was generally fast, the color quality was very good and the images were pretty sharp. I found the image quality to be excellent for this price range. As a portrait photographer I could easily utilize this lens in traditional shooting mode. As a macro fanatic, the macro setting of this lens was extremely fun to play with. My only real concern with the 60mm f/2.8 macro lens is the double edge effect I noticed especially at wide open apertures. At times I did not notice it much, but sometimes it was far too obvious and quite distracting. That being said, I still recommend this lens. For me, it's simple. This lens makes me want to use it. For those who are not used to macro

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Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED macro lens review by Ming Thein: '...of all of the lenses I own, it’s the one that’s been with me the longest"

Ming Thein mostly uses this lens with the Nikon D800E Dslr body:

"I actually don’t have much to say about resolution and optics: what do you expect? It’s a macro lens. There’s almost zero distortion or field curvature, and nothing funny going on with the focal plane. Sharpness is already excellent at f2.8, though with the D800E you’ll probably have to go to f4 or f5.6 to hit peak resolving power across the frame. Note that diffraction softening will set in by around f13 or so with the D800E; I try not to go past f16 unless I absolutely have no choice. That said, you can get away with f22 on the 12MP FX cameras if you need to.

Something I’ve been asked in the past is why I don’t use the 105/2.8 VR instead for greater working distance; the answer is that for the kind of work I do, the 60 actually holds several advantages. Firstly, I don’t need as many extension tubes to achieve higher magnifications*; secondly, the lens itself has . . . read more

Nikon AFS DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G lens review by Markus Stamm at Photo Zone: Until Nikon offers a native macro lens for the CX mount, the AF-S DX 40/2.8 G is the most affordable AF lens to explore macro photography with a Nikon 1 series camera.

This is a rather interesting review, the lens is tested with the FT-1 adapter on a Nikon 1 V1 body, and that transforms the Micro-Nikkor 40mm to something of a short tele 108mm macro lens:

"The Nikon AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8 G offers excellent resolution in the image center straight from the maximum aperture. The borders and corners struggle a bit at large aperture settings, but stopped down reach very good resolution. Since the lens is designed for a larger sensor, distortion and vignetting are no issues on Nikon 1 cameras. CAs are a bit pronounced at small apertures, but can easily be taken care of in post processing. . . . read more

Tamron SP 90 mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD lens review at LensTip: Sensational image quality in the frame centre up from the maximum relative aperture, very good image quality on the edge of the frame on APS-C/DX and full frame and negligible CA.

"Looking at the list of pros and cons, published above, and comparing the results of other lenses, tested by us in particular categories it is pretty transparent that all 90–105 mm stabilized macro lenses keep a similar, very high level. It doesn’t mean that there are no differences between them. The best performance seems to be presented by the Canon 2.8/100L IS USM which in many categories topped the list and had practically no slip-ups. Right behind it there are the Tamron and the Nikkor and the Sigma fares the worst. . . . read more

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro review at SLR Gear: This lens offers a very light and portable macro solution, with excellent results for sharpness, and resistance to chromatic aberration, corner shading and distortion.

"The Olympus 60mm ƒ/2.8 Macro is a solid little lens which does not add much weight to the camera. The lens has 13 elements in 10 groups: of these, one is an ED lens, two are HR lenses and one is an E-HR lens element. The lens features a seven-bladed circular aperture which stops down to ƒ/22, and as previously mentioned, takes 46mm filters. The lens is marked as splashproof, providing some level of weather resistance. . . . read more

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review at Ephotozine: Sigma's new line of lenses on on par, if not better than 1st party manufacturers offerings, but so are also the prices.

"The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 macro lens costs around £1300 and offers optical stabilisation, silent autofocus with full time manual override and life size magnification at its closest focus distance.

If you can live with a slightly shorter focal length then Sigma also offer two 150mm macro lenses with a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture. One version also sports optical stabilisation and is considerably cheaper at around £690. A version without stabilisation is also available for around £600. . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 macro lens review at TheDigitalStory: Quiet, precise and sharp, very good value.

"I rarely shot with this lens at the "default" 0.19m - Infinity setting that is highlighted in silver on the side of the barrel. I was either working close at 0.19m - 0.4m, or shooting portraits and sports at the 0.4m - Infinity setting. By working this way, I enjoyed fast autofocusing throughout the shoot. If you want to focus manually, the wide, well-dampened focusing ring is a joy to operate. In fact, it works so well in combination with the electronic viewfinder on the OM-D, that it's actually pleasurable to turn off the autofocus and work manually. I love lenses that give me this option. . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD review at PhotographyBlog: Generally excellent, but costs more than comparable lenses by Canon and Nikon.

"The Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD is an excellent update of Tamron's very popular 90mm lens, with the new optical construction offering great image quality and lovely smooth bokeh, and the built-in image stabilisation increasing its versatility to include hand-held as well as tripod-mounted photography. The auto-focus system is fast and accurate enough to also make the lens useful as a short telephoto for portraits when used on a full-frame camera." . . . read more

Olympus Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review from a guy who never shoots macro, that's Steve Huff.

"Even for a guy who has not a “Macro Guy” I feel this lens could add something to my Micro 4/3 kit. It continues the streak from Olympus with high quality super glass that seems to be created from magic lens elves. If you like to shoot Macro or get in close I can not imagine ANYONE being disappointed in this lens. It is built well, feels solid, has nice auto focus performance, is 100% silent, is sharp and even the manual focus is smooth, silky and easy to use. There is some minimal CA in certain extreme situations (high contrast with full light behind subject such as tree branch can create some purple . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD Lens Review at Ephotozine: As good, and as expensive as any quality 90mm macro lens we've seen so far.

"Even with the inclusion of Vibration Compensation, this lens isn't much heavier than it's predecessor, striking a good balance between the use of high quality materials and construction and light weight. Weighing about 550g and being just short of 123mm long, it balances well on the Canon EOS 5D MkII used for testing. The lens sports a moisture resistant design and a thin rubber gasket has been placed around the metal lens mount to help prevent the ingress of dust and moisture into the camera body. . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD First Test at Ephotozine: Excellent resolution, minimal Chromatic aberration, looks like we've got a winner.

"We've got the new Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD lens in for testing, and are currently putting together our full review, but in the meantime, feel free to have a look at our sample photos and test data from the lens. We are testing the lens on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II."

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro review at Imaging Resource: Excellent performance and construction, a bit heavy.

"The Sigma 180mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro provides a very sharp image even wide open at ƒ/2.8, but for maximum sharpness you need to stop down to ƒ/5.6. There are very light traces of corner softness at ƒ/2.8, which settle down nicely at ƒ/4, and all but disappear at ƒ/5.6. Performance at ƒ/8 is more or less the same as ƒ/5.6 (though . . . read more

Thoughts on the Olympus Body Cap Lens, by Simon Goldsworthy

Maybe this idea Olympus had about a body cap lens ain't so bad after all:

"Optically this lens is a little bit pants. The corners are soft and a little smeary. There is also quite a bit of vignetting. However, it’s enjoyable to shoot with because you have to shift your shooting style to compensate for the narrow (fixed) aperture and manual focus. To be fair the centre is sharp even if the corners are not." . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 review by Pekka Potka: Close to a perfect macro lens.

"M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro is a great macro lens. Small, light, splash proof and has very fast and silent internal focusing with focus limiters. As a macro lens, it is actually difficult to find any negative things to say about it. Sharpness and contrast are at very high level. RAW images opened into Lightroom 4 do not suffer from distortions or fringing and CA is a non-issue. I have not compared this lens head to head with other macro lenses than Zuiko D. 50mm f/2 Macro lens and . . . read more

Sigma 180 mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM review at AP UK: Fantastic optics but a lot of bulk.

"The 180mm focal length of this Sigma optic provides both the best and worst of lens qualities. Such a focal length gives a good working distance from the subject and a great narrow field of view, but it also means the lens is bulky and heavy. To an extent, this is offset by the inclusion of image stabilisation, but in practice it provides a benefit of only around 1EV when shooting macro images. . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Currently in developement)

Tamron Press Release

Tamron announces the redesign of their legendary 90mm Macro lens, equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)

SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004) . . . read more

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro review at SLR Gear

"The 150mm isn't its sharpest wide open - overall it's acceptably good, and in fact the center is just slightly softer than the corners when used wide open at ƒ/2.8. Stopping down to ƒ/4 provides a considerable improvement in sharpness, providing very good . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro Lens review (tested with a Fujifilm X-pro1) at Photo Review: Superior performance and robust build quality, but not a true 1:1 Macro.

"Of the three lenses supplied with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, the 60mm lens produced the least deviations between centre and edge resolution in our Imatest tests. This flatness of field was maintained throughout the aperture range of the lens, which spanned fro, f/2.4 to f/22 (the smallest aperture setting for the trio).

Peak resolution was obtained at f/8, with a steady upward climb from f/2.4. Diffraction began to have an obvious effect on resolution at f/16, although resolution remained acceptably high at f/22. This is handy when you need extra depth-of-field for close-up shots. The graph below shows the results of our Imatest tests.

Lateral chromatic aberration was extremely low throughout the lens's aperture range. In the graph below, which shows the results of our Imatest tests, the red line marks the boundary between negligible and low CA. . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Lens Review at ePhotozine

Apparent sharpness, appealing weather proofing, and appalling aperture at the tele end, is the very short version of this review:

"As focusing and zoom are performed internally the 52mm filter thread does not rotate during use, making this lens ideal for use with graduated and polarising filters. Focus speeds are fairly quick, although in low light conditions the lens can sometimes struggle . . . read more

KeepLoop turns your mobile into a microscope, a real one.

This is not your average add-on lens gizmo, crapgadget, visual expander or whatever you may call those things that stuck to your phone's lens and turn it into a real 'camera'. No, this  device, transforms a regular mobile phone to a usable microscope. Some technical aspects: It attaches itself to the phone magnetically. The lens/sensor usable area of view becomes 2x3 millimeters. Surrounding leds allow illumination from different angles. The detail of the image produced ranges from 1/100 to 1/1000 of a millimeter, but accuracy suffers as the resolution increases.  . . . read more

Lensbaby releases new macro converter set.

 

These macro converters come as a 8mm and 16mm kit that can be stacked to a 24mm converter. Actually they can be used with pretty much every LensBaby, including the existing macro kit and their single, double, plastic and soft focus lenses/kits. There are also one tiny bit of the reasons the Chinese will eat this industry up in the near future. Charging $50 for 2 small plastic tubes goes a long way towards that end.

Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The 100mm focal length is an ideal one for portraits with a full frame camera and is still quite good for tight portraits on an APS-C 1.6x/1.5x DSLR. The Zeiss 100's capabilities make it a great product and still life photography lens. 

While the lack of autofocus will make keeping action in focus difficult for many, the wide f/2 aperture will do its part in freezing the action

Carl Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* 2/100 review at SLR Gear

"Carl Zeiss produces two macro lenses in its ZF series: the 50mm and the 100mm. The 100mm ƒ/2 model is available in the Nikon F-mount, the Pentax/Samsung K-mount and the M42 screw mount.

The 100mm ƒ/2 is a full-frame lens, built to ''old-school'' specifications that guarantee compatibility with

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM review at SLR Gear

"As you'd expect from a prime, the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro delivers superior sharpness over a wide range of aperture settings. Wide open, its just a little on the soft side, but just one stop down at f/4, it's "prickly sharp," and very sharp indeed all the way out to f/11. (Like many lenses, things get quite soft . . . read more

Nikon Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 review at momentcorp

"With the release of the D3 and the D300 with their Live view mode, auto focus macro lenses are all of a sudden something a bit more interesting to own. The AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 is close to excellent, down side is infinity focus and softness wide-open, two things that you usually wouldn't look for in a macro . . . read more

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