Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

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  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 60mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Multi-Layer Coating
  • 1:1 Magnification, 4.1" Min. Focus
  • Stepping AF Motor, Internal Focusing
  • MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
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Panasonic 30mm f/2.8 overview

  • 1Description

Designed for close-up shooting, the Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. from Panasonic is a 60mm-equivalent prime lens designed for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless digital cameras. Its macro capabilities enable a minimum focusing distance of 4.1" along with a 1:1 magnification ratio for life-size imaging of nearby subjects. One aspherical element helps to control spherical aberrations and distortions and a multi-layer coating reduces ghosting and lens flare for increased contrast and color fidelity.

In addition to the optical performance, the lens also features a MEGA O.I.S. system, which compensates for the effects of camera shake for sharper hand-held shooting. A stepping AF motor and internal focusing design offer fast, smooth, and near-silent focusing performance and the rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out-of-focus quality when working with selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques.

Prime 30mm portrait-length lens provides a 60mm equivalent focal length with Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Macro design provides a life-size 1:1 magnification ratio and a minimum focusing distance of 4.1" for working with close-up subjects.
One aspherical element helps to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion for greater sharpness and more accurate rendering.
Multi-layer coating controls lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and neutral colors.
Stepping AF motor and internal focus design provides smooth and quiet focusing performance that is well-suited to both photo and video use.
MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer minimizes the appearance of camera shake to benefit handheld shooting in difficult lighting conditions.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm produces a smooth out-of-focus quality when working with selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques.
UPC: 885170237995
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Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens
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    • 1Description

    Panasonic 30mm f/2.8 specs

    Focal Length 30mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 60 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Angle of View 40°
    Minimum Focus Distance 4.13" / 10.5 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
    Optical Design 9 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 46 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.31 x 2.50" / 58.8 x 63.5 mm
    Weight 6.35 oz / 180 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 3.3 x 3.3"

    Panasonic 30mm f/2.8 reviews

    Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW ! Incredibly sharp I was impressed with this lens right out of the box. The build quality seems very solid and the focus mechanism is very very smooth. I have been usinf a Nikkor 60mm Macro for many years now and I think this lens has better color rendering capabilities and seems to be razor sharp. I've played with all the f-stop setting and the image quality is excellent at each setting. I'm not the type to split hairs or shoot test targets and get all hung up on maximum sharpness or technical specs...I just use the lens and look at the results...and the results I see tell me I've made a good purchase. Only little thing id that there was no lens shade like you get with all the other Lumix lenses I have. Money well spent in my opinion.
    Date published: 2015-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent all-around 30mm lens .... 30mm is my favorite walk-around lens for MFT. I like a little compression, especially for portraits. I agonized over the Panasonic 30 2.8 micro and the new Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens. I ordered the Sigma lens but returned it after a few test shots; too many artifacts and purple fringing. The Panasonic lens passed testing with crystal clear shots (yes, I am a pixel peeper at 14x). Losing two f/stops doesn't bother me, especially given the multi-stop stabilization in today's MFT cameras/lenses. At 5 feet (portrait range), the depth of field at f/1.4 is only 3.5; one often has to choose between having an eye or an ear in focus but not both. At f/2.8, the depth of field is 8.5 ... good enough to have the head in focus with a pleasant bokeh in the background. The fact that the Panasonic lens is a macro lens has the advantage (characteristic of macros) of having a flat field in crystal-clear focus from f/2.8 to f/8, after which diffraction starts. I may never use the Panasonic macro capability, but it is there if I need it.
    Date published: 2016-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for ecologists! I wanted a macro lens but I didn't want something so tight on the subject that I couldn't also get a photo of the habitat without changing a lens or camera- and this has been great. Super sharp, the only criticisms I have with it is that it didn't come with a lens hood and it hunts for focus on autofocus sometimes. When it hunts I just throw it into manual and stop being so darn lazy which it does an great job at and I probably should have done to begin with. I could see it being annoying though if you were doing video.� It is equivalent to a 60mm on a dslr- and after shooting at much wider angles for a long time, its been a nice length to focus on composition- though it sometimes feels tight. Great for flowers, people and even buildings and has become my go-to lens when headed for a hike.
    Date published: 2018-04-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for transparency copying I have been adapting other lenses to my Lumix GH4 for my transparency copying needs. Enlarger lenses - a trusty Micro-Nikkor, etc. This lenses is the best I've used. I get better detail in the shadows, better color - and of course, it has auto-focus which is handy for speed. It is also a flat-field lenses as far as I can tell tho they don't claim it.
    Date published: 2015-12-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from More than adequate If you obsess over the word Leica, then save your nickels and dimes and get the Leica-branded 45mm macro instead. However, if you're just looking for a macro that performs very well, at a very reasonable price, then this is your lens. The 30mm focal length (effective 60mm with the MFT crop) focused at 1:1 ratio (life-size) leaves precious little room for supplemental lighting, but there are ways to achieve it. Outdoors in full sunlight, I suggest using a hand-held, collapsible diffusing disc to tame the lighting ratio on your subject. The lens is as sharp as you're ever likely to need, and nicely constructed. The lens barrel is metal, the manual focusing ring is butter-smooth, and it's made in Japan. Panasonic doesn't supply or offer a lens hood. This is probably because a lens hood, even a shallow one, would interfere with supplemental lighting at 1:1 ratio. However, you'll find that most of your general macro shots are typically taken at greater lens/subject distances, seldom greater than 1:4 ratio (1/4 life-size). The 60mm effective focal length is also a good normal focal length for general photography, as macro lenses perform beautifully at infinity focus, too. Except at 1:1, I like to use a shallow lens hood to protect against contrast-robbing peripheral (side) light sources. I cobbled together such a hood for this lens via a 46mm to 55mm filter step-up ring (I recommend the Sensei-Pro one because of its knurled outer edge), plus two Cokin 55mm extension rings screwed into the front of the step-up ring. It is short, but effective, and doesn't interfere with 46mm filter use (the lens' native filter size).
    Date published: 2016-04-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and so small! I started to build my 4/3 system 2 years ago with a GM1 that I bought to complement my Nikon D800 (with the f/1.4 Nikon primes) and my Leica M9 (with the 21/35/50/75 Leica primes). I was so impressed by my results, that I quickly expended with a GM5, and the Panasonic/Leica lenses 15mm and 42.5, both amazing. I was looking forward for a high end Pana/Leica offering in the 20-30mm range that would have the manual aperture setting, but this did not come. When this new 30mm micro came, I decided to try it. Well, it does not have any aperture ring, nor the Leica sticker, but I can tell that this little lens could have been named Leica too. Sharp, No distortion (raw files), very neutral in color rendition... and soooo small! I recently compare the GM5 results with this lens to the Nikon D800 with the Micro Nikkor 60mm f2.8. Both camera at 200 ISO, f/4, for a group photo on tripod. Well, even on a 8x10 print, you see how the Panasonic GM5 and this 30mm is much more consistent in corner to corner quality, even using the Nikon Profile on Adobe Aperture on the Raw file. Here is what I think at this point: the 4/3 system has beendesign from ground up for digital imaging. While the Nikon system has a lot to carry-on from legacy film Nikon system. And the results show this. the micro-Nikkor was a reference lens... 15 years ago. Not any more, and Nikon has no replacement on the horizon. Bottom line: Nikon system needs a complete overall to be relevant again in the market place, facing 4/3 and Sony and Fuji mirrorless fantastic options. I chose Panasonic 4/3 so I can get the smallest camera available, high quality lenses (as this 30mm) and be able to use my manual Leica M lenses with an official adaptor. It works very well for me - the M lenses may be all manual, but they are also the smallest and highest quality full frame options on the market. When I shoot on a tripod, or I take the time alone, I go for the M9. When I shoot action and people, I go for the GM5 and its AF Pana/Leica lenses (and this 30mm). I do have the option to mix. the two systems when appropriate. Perfect!
    Date published: 2015-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this macro I had never had a Macro lens for video, it is more; He never knew existed. Desque I am using DSLR to record video, I have sought to improve the results offered lenses that come in the kit. For a long time I was reluctant to invest in bright F2.8 lens, but once I had one in my hands I realized that are the best that one can have and no matter the cost, the difference warrants. When looking lenses with 2.8, I discovered there was this 30mm Macro, which hopes up buying me. Now that I have a few days with him, I am excited by the results. I've done several practices and is excellent ... just what I was looking for!
    Date published: 2016-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glorious macro/general purpose lens This lens is my favorite gear purchase for quite some time. I have been using an adapted Nikon 60mm Macro 2.8 for more than a year, and it has worked pretty well, though it is quite specialized. Manual focus wasn't a problem on the Nikkor, because that is arguably the best way to use a macro. I enjoyed using it for portraiture, because you can get as close as you want and the defocused background looks pretty unique. But a 120mm equivalent makes direction of talent challenging, and the image stabilization on Olympus cameras does not line up exactly with 60mm. This is an Olympus issue, but it certainly affects the usability of the Nikon. You can enter the Olympus menu and manually set the sensor-shift stabilization calibration to the focal length of your lens. Unfortunately, the Olympus settings are 55mm and 65mm, no 60mm. Enter the Panasonic 30mm Macro 2.8. I am not much of a macro shooter, but this lens works fantastically well for macro subjects. It offers a 1:1 reproduction ratio, but I rarely use this. A gripe with this lens is the relatively short working distance at 1:1 compromises the lens' capability as an insect shooter. Admittedly, if I were an insect shooter, I probably would have purchased the Olympus 60mm Macro, but I don't think it's a huge deal. I find I am usually far from filling the frame 1:1 when I get the composition I want for small objects. What I have primarily been using this lens as is a normal lens. In Micro Four Thirds, 25mm is considered normal (50mm equivalent), but I find the 30mm close enough. Recently, I used the lens for a portrait at work. Because I was working in a busy kitchen, my Olympus 45mm 1.8 was too long. I slapped on the 30mm and was very pleased with the results. It has uniform sharpness across the frame that the 45mm cannot match. However, the 45mm has perceptibly better peak sharpness in the center and is more contrasty. I prefer the color rendtion of Panasonic lenses, and the 30mm does not disappoint here. It is a very versatile lens great for walking around and covers everything from macro to reportage to portraits. It has zero distortion even when uncorrected by the camera (something that seems to be pretty rare on MFT lenses wider than 45mm). What don't I like about this lens? Answering that question is easy for quite a few of my lenses, but it is difficult for this one, but here we go. Olympus 5-axis image stabilization doesn't seem to be as effective on this lens, not even compared to my Panasonic 45-150mm. It works, but it isn't mindblowing like it is for my other lenses. I'm pretty sure it stems from the way the lens is used during macro shots: little vibrations translate to big shakes at macro distances. Under macro distances, the autofocus is a little slow (comparitively speaking, MFT lenses focus super fast). Again, this is under macro conditions, when manual focus is probably the better way to go. Perhaps my only substantive gripe is the lack of AF/MF switch. It would be nice to be able to rapidly switch between the modes without having to dive into a camera menu. This is rapidly becoming my favorite lens after my Olympus 45mm. Highly recommmended.
    Date published: 2015-10-08
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