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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 79 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (9)

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (66)
    • Nice bokeh (37)
    • Consistent output (29)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (28)
    • Durable (26)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (70)
    • Portraits (19)
    • Weddings (8)
    • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Low light (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (32), Enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (5), Semi-professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (66), 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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    5.0

    sweet, tiny macro lens

    By hien34

    from Houston, TX

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      I was looking for a smaller photography rig (like many that have made the switch to m4/3) and a macro lens was essential as I love looking for fine details.

      This is a TINY lens - think of a skinny Red Bull can. It's even small on my Olympus OM-D E-M1 (especially compared to the 12-40mm Pro lens).

      Focus limiter helps you keep the lens from ranging far and wide to focus and the magnifying feature of the OM-D makes this easy to get the focus right the first time.

      I've mounted a step up ring to it so I can snap on a Metz ring flash that is light enough to stay on with no issues.

      Loving this lighter, smaller rig!

      Don't forget that with a m4/3 sensor, you'll get a deeper depth of field at a comparable F-stop than a larger sensor. This means more light coming in and more areas in focus (which can mean a lot when you're shooting a 1mm insect!).

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      5.0

      Nice sharp lens

      By MinAZ

      from Phoenix, AZ

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

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

        A relatively light (though still very long for m4/3) lens that has excellent image quality. The only downside I can think of is that some of the controls on the lens are slightly fiddly (e.g. the 1:1 switch).

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        5.0

        Fantastic lens

        By Photo Buddha

        from Frederick, MD

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I've used the wonderful Zuiko 50mm F2.0 Macro for years and thought that it was the best that a Macro lens could get. Well it got better. Since moving to the OM-D series from the E30, the problem of having to use the MMF-3 adapter on the OM-D presented a challenge for focusing, constantly having to use the manual focusing ring. This was much improved with the M1, but the 50MM still had hunting issues when focusing. This is solved with the 60mm. It has a limiting switch on the lens itself which prevents the lens from moving too far and hunting for an appropriate subject. And the bokeh, oh so creamy, never thought I'd say that about a camera lens, but the 7 section diaphragm just makes that background so smooth. Don;t worry about the 2.8 vs. the 2.0, I rarely shoot that in well lit macro shots due to the DoF being TOO short and the 60mm portrait will create, again, those creamy backgrounds. Well worth the money.

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          5.0

          Great Macro Lens

          By Bob

          from Sudbury, MA

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

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

            Using lens for 1:1 macro and other macro shots outside and in studio. Light weight and small, images are sharp and focus is easy with my Olympus D E-M1 Peaking feature. Be sure to get the lens hood. It slides on the lens body so can stay on all the time.

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            5.0

            A very fine macro lens

            By phlash46

            from Montrose, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • SHARP SHARP SHARP

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

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

              I use this mostly on an EM-1 and occasionally on an EPL-5 to shoot flowers and insects. It has enough working distance for the nasty little buzzers! I was used to using a Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS HSM on a D700 and then a D610; this is as good! The larger DOF with m4/3 lenses is an advantage here as you can use a better light gathering f/9 in stead of f/16 or higher to get enough DOF. The lens is tiny (the Sigma was like a recoilless rifle!) and very sharp. The EM-1 with this lens on it weighs considerably less than just the Sigma lens did!

              Not so good is Oly doesn't include hoods with most of their lenses; what are they thinking?

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              5.0

              Excellkent lens

              By Matto

              from Near Baltimore, MD

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

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

                This lens is an excellent macro lens. I was looking on my computer at pictures of some flowers when I noticed a fuzzy spot on a petal. On viewing at 100% I realized it was a clear image of an aphid. This lens has great resolution at 1:1 magnification. It also does very well as a portrait lens with very good bokeh at f2.8. It appears to be well made of metal.

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                5.0

                SHARP, LIGHTWEIGHT, GOOD VALUE

                By Steve

                from Boston, MA

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

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

                  Excellent macro performance all the way to 1:1. Fast enough at f/2.8 for higher shutter speed handheld shots when a tripod is not available. At 60mm, it is a good, medium telephoto lens too.

                  I especially like the smooth manual focus that works well with the focus peaking feature on my EM-1 camera.

                  I bought the lens about a month ago so I can't comment on durability yet. It feels light, but well made.

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                  5.0

                  Delightful lens

                  By Ken

                  from Falls Church, VA

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                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography

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

                    I have used the lens primarily for macro shots, getting close enough for 1:1 reproduction (or close to it dependning on compositional needs). Way more flexible than using extension tubes. Thrilled to replace my Tamron (pentax mount) 90 macro [also a nice lens], as this is approx 1/3 the size and weight. Using on a OMD E M5 body and very happy with the image quality. Olympus policy to not include lens hood is beyond the pale and they will lose future sales to me because of that.
                    Some hunting for focus in a dense visual field but not enough to be considered a problem.

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                    5.0

                    Very Good Macro Lens

                    By Wally

                    from Atlanta

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      This lens can produce very good macro shots. The in-camera stabilization works great in conjuction with this lens.

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                      5.0

                      Beautiful things come in small packages

                      By Woodcrawler

                      from Palakkad, Kerala, India

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography

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

                        I've been using the M.Zuiko 12-50 mm kit lens for my macro. After I got this little beauty my whole perspective of the macro world has changed. I've only got the lens a week ago but I'm totally in love with it. I'm sure anyone who buys one won't be disappointed

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                        5.0

                        Great Macro Lens!

                        By Steve

                        from Dallas, TX

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

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

                          Light weight and well made. I really enjoy using this lens for macro photography.

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                          4.0

                          Up close and personal Olympus 60mm Macro

                          By Agfamaniac

                          from Central PA

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography

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

                            Very versatile lens for many uses not just Macro. Weather proofing is an excellent feature as lots of macro shots present themselves in rainy weather. I have used a number of macro lenses and I believe this one will remain a favorite for it's compact size, convenient range allowing a bit of distance from the subject and outstanding sharpness. Olympus should provide a shade with the lens. The collapsing design of the optimal shade is very convenient and doesn't increase the overall size of the lens much. Changing range on the barrel is a bit fiddly but the compact design doesn't allow a larger dial. Overall very happy with the lens and I am using it a lot.

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                            5.0

                            M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm

                            By Mark

                            from ATL, GA

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography

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

                              I got this lens to shoot video with my new Panasonic GH4. It works very well. Does not have image stabilization, but I always use a tripod so no problem. I was holding out on my purchase until the lens was discounted. Bought it for $[*]. Auto-focus works well.

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                              5.0

                              Absolutely amazing

                              By ChefClaire

                              from Dallas

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

                              In love with my macro, it allows me to capture my plates better. After giving up my SLR and switching to micro 4/3, I have no regrets. My lumix gx7 is my new child! This Olympus lens literally has blown me away. Thanks B&H Photo, you always deliver quality.

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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

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                              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

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                                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

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                                  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

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                                  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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                                    5.0

                                    My Favorite Lens

                                    By rmhjr

                                    from Southwest Utah

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                                    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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