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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

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Product Highlights
  • For Olympus Micro Four Thirds Cameras
  • 60mm (35mm equiv: 120mm) Focal Length
  • Wide, Fast f/2.8 Max Aperture
  • Narrow f/22 Min Aperture
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:1
  • ED Glass Reduces Chromatic Aberrations
  • Accepts 46mm Filters
  • Movie & Still Compatible

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens from Olympus is a Micro Four Thirds lens compatible with the PEN series of interchangeable-lens digital cameras. It is a prime lens with a fixed focal length of 60mm (35mm equivalent: 120mm) designed for sharp close-up shooting. The wide, fast f/2.8 maximum aperture creates a shallow depth of field and improves image quality in low-light conditions. The much narrower minimum aperture of f/22 creates greater depth of field and is useful in brighter conditions. The lens' aperture is controlled by a 7-blade circular diaphragm. The maximum reproduction ratio is 1:1, and you can focus as close as 7.4" (18.8 cm).

The lens contains 13 elements in 10 groups, including ED (extra-low dispersion), HR (High Refractive index) and E-HR (Extra-High Refractive index) glass elements, which reduce chromatic aberrations for greater accuracy in your images. The lens accepts filters with a diameter of 46mm.

This macro lens is also Movie & Still Compatible (MSC), meaning its focusing is quiet enough that the sound will not be picked up during video recording. The MSC mechanism is based on a floating-type inner focusing system comprising 3 drive systems resulting in no change to overall lens length during autofocusing. Additionally, the lens features focus limit switching and a shooting distance / magnification indicator window to enhance macro shooting control and precision. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 is also dust- and splash-proof.

Compatible with the PEN series of Micro Four Thirds digital cameras
A prime lens with a fixed focal length of 60mm (35mm equivalent: 120mm) designed for sharp close-up shooting
The wide, fast f/2.8 aperture creates a shallow depth of field wide open and improves image quality in low-light conditions. The much narrower minimum aperture of f/22 creates greater depth of field and is useful in brighter conditions. The lens' aperture is controlled by a 7-blade circular diaphragm
You can focus as close as 7.4" (18.8 cm) with the maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1. Other minimum focusing distances available include 7.9" (20 cm) at a reproduction ratio of 1:1.3, 9.1" (23 cm) at 1:2, and 13.4" (34 cm) at 1:4. Maximum focusing distance is infinity
The single ED (extra-low dispersion), 2 HR (High Refractive index) and single E-HR (Extra-High Refractive index) glass elements reduce chromatic aberrations for greater accuracy in your images
The lens accepts filters with a diameter of 46mm
The lens is Movie & Still Compatible (MSC), with near-silent focusing allowing it to be used for video as well as still image capture. The MSC mechanism is based on a floating-type inner focusing system with 3 drive systems resulting in no change to overall lens length during autofocusing
Focus limit switching and a shooting distance / magnification indicator window improve macro shooting control and precision
The optional FR-2 Adapter Ring enables easy attachment of Olympus's RF-11 ring flash or STF-22 twin flash (both sold separately), allowing for simple and professional TTL macro flash illumination at macro working distances
Use the optional LH-49 Lens Hood to block unwanted rays of light, preventing lens flare and thus improving image clarity and quality
Lens features dust- and splash-proof construction
Performance
Focal Length 60mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 120 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 20°
Tilt/Shift None
Minimum Focus Distance 7.4" (18.80 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 13/10
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Flash Synchronization Not Specified By Manufacturer
Exposure Control Not Specified By Manufacturer
Physical
Filter Thread 46 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.20 x 3.23" (56 x 82 mm)
Weight 6.53 oz (185 g)
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
  • LC-46 Lens Cap for Select M.Zuiko Lenses
  • 260056 LR-2 Rear Lens Cap For E-P1 Lenses
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    OlympusM.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 65 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (55)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (55)
    • Nice bokeh (26)
    • Durable (23)
    • Consistent output (20)
    • Easy to use (20)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (57)
    • Portraits (19)
    • Weddings (7)
    • Everyday (6)
    • Landscape photography (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (21), Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (4), Semi-professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (53), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very sharp lens!

    I picked this up last week and have really fallen in love with this lens. It is very sharp. It is very small and exceptionally light. I also like the optional boyonet hood...Read complete review

    I picked this up last week and have really fallen in love with this lens. It is very sharp. It is very small and exceptionally light. I also like the optional boyonet hood that Olympus milks its customers for. I like the focul range selector and the fact that the lens is weather/dust sealed.

    I have had some trouble focusing in 1:1 mode but thats not the fault of the lens per se. My only real complaint is that the autofocus is slow and results in a bit of hit or miss focus of your subject. This may be the fact it is a macro lens. I usually use the autofocus to get a general focul point then hold my breath and slowly move the camera forward or backwards to get my subject in focus. Occasionally I will fine tune with the manual focus ring. I leave the focus set to S-AF/M on my OMD. The spider shots were taken with one hand on the camera and one hand on a 800 lumen flashlight to light my subject up. Check out some samples below.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Odd focusing system

    Ok, understand I'm comparing this lens to my macro lenses on Nikon (60 and 150). The focus system in the lens is actually very quick, and in some respects alters my thoughts...Read complete review

    Ok, understand I'm comparing this lens to my macro lenses on Nikon (60 and 150). The focus system in the lens is actually very quick, and in some respects alters my thoughts on how to do macro. Normally I would manually focus and then move in and out to get focus sharp. The E-M1 and this lens that doesn't work too well, even focus peaking doesn't help. There seems to be just a slight lag that keeps it from working well.

    What I have found though is that the autofocus is much quicker than I would have gotten with my Nikon that using autofocus for macro might make more sense.

    The focus range settings on the lens are to say the least odd given the number of ranges. But they did work.

    Manual focusing was to say the least not very effective, largely because it was difficult to determine focus. On a tripod this might have worked better.

    Overall, for macro, I have to say I wasn't terribly impressed compared to my Nikon. But the small size of the lens lets me keep it in my bag for those odd times when I do need macro.

    The one thing I haven't tried yet is using it as a prime lens.

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    4.0

    Light in Weight, Huge in Performance

    By RBB

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • No Instruction Pamphlet

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

    This replaces a Canon macro as I have moved to a 4/3's system. Love the f2.8, the lightweight, and sharp images, Once I figured out how to use it, I haven't been able to put it down. (See Cons)

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    5.0

    Excellent, Sharp Macro Lens

    By John R

    from Rochester, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

      I use this lens on a Lumix GH3 and find that it focuses fast and accurately.

      I live just down the street from an arboretum that offers a multitude of macro opportunities, especially in the Spring and this is where this lens will see much of it use.

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      5.0

      Awesome Underwater Macro

      By Pete

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

        This lens takes incredible underwater macro pictures and is also wonderful for taking pictures of flowers, insects and other tiny objects with lots of details. I love it!

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        5.0

        Great bit of kit

        By Bubba

        from Atlanta

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

        Excellent macro lens for MFT bodies. You can do very shallow DOF at f2.8.

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        5.0

        Excelent

        By Jorge

        from Buenos Aires, Argentina

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

          Ease to use, light weigth and sharp images. Very good lens for macro and also as a short telephoto for portraits (120 mm in 35 mm equivalent)

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          • No

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          5.0

          My Favorite Lens

          By rmhjr

          from Southwest Utah

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

            I use this for macros and portrait shots of my pets. I also use it some for landscapes. Sometimes it can be a little slow to focus.

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            4.0

            As good as it says it is

            By Seasoned shooter

            from MA

            Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

            As good as it gets...better than most. Light weight.

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            3.0

            Odd focusing system

            By Bob

            from Detroit, MI

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Complicated

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

            Ok, understand I'm comparing this lens to my macro lenses on Nikon (60 and 150). The focus system in the lens is actually very quick, and in some respects alters my thoughts on how to do macro. Normally I would manually focus and then move in and out to get focus sharp. The E-M1 and this lens that doesn't work too well, even focus peaking doesn't help. There seems to be just a slight lag that keeps it from working well.

            What I have found though is that the autofocus is much quicker than I would have gotten with my Nikon that using autofocus for macro might make more sense.

            The focus range settings on the lens are to say the least odd given the number of ranges. But they did work.

            Manual focusing was to say the least not very effective, largely because it was difficult to determine focus. On a tripod this might have worked better.

            Overall, for macro, I have to say I wasn't terribly impressed compared to my Nikon. But the small size of the lens lets me keep it in my bag for those odd times when I do need macro.

            The one thing I haven't tried yet is using it as a prime lens.

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            5.0

            Sharp & Lightweight

            By MistahVega

            from Gainesville, GA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Macro Photography
              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

              Narrow & longer then you would think but very lightweight. Quality seems to be very good and weatherproofing is a plus. Appears to be a very sharp lens but composition is a little more difficult because it has 2:1 magnification 35mm equivalent. So far very happy with this lens.

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              5.0

              Great sharp Macro Lens

              By tosee (365 project)

              from Minneapolis, Mn

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

                Used mainly as a macro on my E-M1 with the IBIS can do a lot of macro's without the tripod. As you get in really close at 2.8 focal plane is shallow so either need to brace arm or use tripod.
                also an excellent medium telephoto lens, great rendering and color. My macro before was the Tamron 90mm coupled with the Canon 7D. I much prefer this lens'[s rendering and coupled with the IBIS of the E-M1

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                5.0

                Glad I bought this lens

                By Steve

                from SF

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

                  I'm not big on macro photography, but my friend convinced me to pick up it since it was on sale. I am GLAD I did, this lens is awesome. When I received the package I thought the box was empty but it was because this lens is sooo small and light. It looks like a toy at first glance. This lens is tack sharp and did I mention its also "splashproof" which is a nice bonus. The little dial on the side is nice for macro shots, when you set it to 1:1 macro mode the lens goes to a set focus.

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                  5.0

                  Nice additional to my camera kits

                  By CanonW

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

                      Traveling light is the reason for me to switch to M4/3. This lens does not violate my rule.

                      I've never thought one lens can serve dual purpose -- semi-telephoto and macro photography.

                      And this lens does not add much weight and space to my bag.

                      There is a small bonus -- I don't have to carry extra filters. I own Olympus E-P5 PEN Mirrorless Digital Camera with 17mm f/1.8 Lens and VF-4 Viewfinder. This lens uses the same filter as 17mm lens.

                      Other reviewers can attest image quality. And I'm impressed by it.

                      Yes, the lens is slower compared to 17mm lens. But it's not slow at all. The lens is design for different purpose.

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                      5.0

                      Add depth to my photography

                      By m4/3 convert

                      from Northern NJ

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

                        Just started using it. Results are great so far.

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                        5.0

                        Very sharp

                        By Nickny

                        from Manhattan

                        Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

                        Really enjoying this lens. Amazing optics, fast autofocus, nice and small. I'd definitely buy it again

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                        5.0

                        Awesome lens!!

                        By Terri

                        from Ny

                        Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

                        I am not new to DSLR but new to mirrorless and 4/3
                        Also not new to Macro and have a fast excellent lens for a DSLR
                        I am really impressed with this zuiko macro 2.8
                        Excellent quality love the dial on the lens which gives you different focal lengths for close up...very pleased and highly recommend it!!

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens!

                        By Cheeseman

                        from L.A.

                        About Me Professional

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

                          Compact and sharp. I use this for every thing from macro to landscapes. I LOVE HOW FLAT THE FIELD IS.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens, fun and easy to use.

                          By WindRowe

                          from Toronto, Ontario.

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Auto Focus
                          • Ingenious Design
                          • Lightweight
                          • Sharp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro Photography
                            • Street Photography

                            Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

                            Even though I had read a lot of favourable reviews before buying it, this lens still exceeded my expectations. Mounted on my Lumix G5 I found it very sharp,with surprisingly fast auto-focus, bright, light-weight, easy (intuitive) to learn and use -- the lens deserves all the favourable reveiws it has received.

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens

                            By Agedrunner

                            from Aurora, CO

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Bokeh
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Image Quality
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rapid Focus
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

                              This lens does a great macro. The images are sharp with the required bokeh. The lens focuses quickly. This lens meets all of the requirements of a professional lens for macro work.

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                              • Yes

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                              4.0

                              Good Macro

                              By Gary

                              from NH

                              Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

                              Need more time with it but found a little tricky to get use to the various options on the lens.

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                              4.0

                              Sharp images

                              By Amateur Jim

                              from Redlands, CA

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Slow to focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens:

                              This lens provides very sharp images from my E-PL3. Wait for it to autofocus on its own before depressing the shutter to lock. Great macro shots.

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