Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro review: For super-sharp outdoor close-ups and video

By Janice Chen - Wednesday January 30 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm lens performance | Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm versus competition | Conclusion

Introduced at Photokina in September 2012 alongside three other Micro Four Thirds lenses, the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro lens helps Olympus make good on its promise to deliver a full range of dedicated lenses and accessories for its PEN and O-MD lines of compact mirror-less interchangeable lens cameras.

The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro is a prime macro lens that sports a dust- and splash-proof housing, making it well suited for close-up outdoor nature photography, and its MSC (movie and still compatible) autofocus mechanism enables fast and quiet AF, making it great for shooting video as well. Designed for mirrorless Micro Four Thirds cameras, it is equivalent to a 120mm lens for a full-frame 35mm camera.

With an estimated street price of $499.99, the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro can focus on subjects as close as 19 cm (7.4 inches) and offers true 1:1 magnification. To improve focusing speed, it offers three modes that limit the focusing range: close-up (from 19 to 40 cm), normal (from 19 cm to infinity), and far view (from 40 cm to infinity).

To achieve clear and sharp images and minimize chromatic aberrations, the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro incorporates 13 lens elements in 10 groups and uses special glass materials such as ED (Extra-low Dispersion), HR (High Refractive index) and E-HR (Extra-High Refractive index) elements.

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm lens performance

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm versus competition

Conclusion