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Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro

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Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
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  • Dust- & splashproof 
  • 1.0x maximum magnification
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion),
  • HR (High Refractive index)
  • E-HR (Extra-High Refractive index)
  • Internal focus system with MSC mechanism
  • Metal Mount


Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens construction
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Description by Olympus:

  • Fast aperture of 1:2.8
  • Robust, lightweight design
  • Dust- & splashproof
  • Display for shooting distance and magnification
  • Internal focus system andfloating lenses
  • ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating for reduced reflection
  • Fixed body length internal focus system with MSC mechanism
  • Comfortable shooting with manual focus

This high quality macro lens is ideal for shooting a wide range of conditions, including applications such as landscape and portrait shooting. Featuring a closest focusing distance of 7.4 inches, this lens has excellent close-up capability with 1X* magnification, and dust-/splash-proof construction. The lens incorporates 13 lens elements in 10 groups with extensive use of special glass materials such as ED (Extra-low Dispersion), HR (High Refractive index) and E-HR (Extra-High Refractive index) elements to completely eliminate the chromatic aberrations that can be noticeable with telephoto macro lenses.

The new FR-2 Adapter Ring provides easy attachment of Olympus’s RF-11 ring flash or STF-22 twin flash allowing for professional and easy TTL Macro Flash Illumination at Macro working distances.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 Macro incorporates Olympus's exclusive MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) mechanism, which is based on a floating-type inner focusing system with three drive systems resulting in no change in the overall lens length during autofocusing. Other features such as focus limit switching and a shooting distance/magnification indicator window enhance macro shooting control and precision.


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

Post date: 15/02/2013 - 22:38

The Olympus M.zuiko 60mm macro scored a slight bit better than the Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS lens, while costing less money and offering weather sealing on top of that.

"With strong performance across most of the DxOMark tests and a video-friendly MSC AF motor as well as a weather-resistant design, the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro is a good choice for outdoor macro shooting, such as nature portraits or close-up videos.  Compared to its main (and more expensive) competitor, the Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS, it offers better quality for the money, delivering category-leading vignetting performance among Micro Four Thirds prime lenses as well as excellent sharpness.

Post date: 31/01/2013 - 07:55

"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.

Post date: 28/12/2012 - 20:45

"If you're a Micro Four Thirds user in the market for a dedicated macro lens, you only have a few native-mount options. The other, the Panasonic-made Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS, offers a wider field of view and only supports 1:2 magnification, and commands a much higher $900 sticker price.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro might not be corner-to-corner sharp at f/2.8, but it gets better as you

Post date: 14/12/2012 - 21:19

"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.

Post date: 07/12/2012 - 00:00

"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

Post date: 28/11/2012 - 23:42

"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

Post date: 19/10/2012 - 00:00


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DXO Mark Score
9.0 P-Mpix
3.2 TStop
-0.7 EV
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Micro Four Thirds Mount
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High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
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Lens construction: 
13 elements in 10 Groups (ED lens, 2 HR lenses, E-HR lens)
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7 aperture blades circular opening
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Physical characteristics
185.0 g
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
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Dust & splashproof
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