October 31, 2013 by David
Touch focus makes this superb
Macro focusing is always tricky. Shallow depth of field means the focus/compose/shoot cycle often leaves the critical area out of focus. With the OM D and the touch focus feature on the LCD this is a thing of the past. Simply compose and then touch the part you want in focus. I added a 600R flash and a mini softbox. I use the flash in RC mode. Dial the ambient exposure down 2 stops and the flash up 2 stops (from the LCD) and take amazing mushroom photos that the Strobist would be proud of!
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August 23, 2013 by Don
Gets better with use
I have been shooting with this lens for a few months now and I wanted to update my earlier review. This is a great lens. Yes it does an excellent job as a macro but, what I think gets over looked is this lens as a medium telephoto. In many ways I prefer it over the 75mm. I find I am reaching for this lens more and more. It has great color rendition especially in low light. I will be selling the 75mm once the 150mm comes out because I find this lens meets most of my needs in this focal length.
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June 23, 2013 by AJ
Hottest micro 4:3 for uw macro
I purchased the E-PL1 with kit 14-42mm lens when the pen first came out. I have been very satisfied with the lens as a go anywhere shoot anything lens. Finally broke down and purchased the 60mm macro. This was the second best purchase I have made for shooting UW. The first would be buying the PEN. The difference is I now shoot full frame for the camera more often. Detail is greater on everything from Blenny's to Seahorses. If you have the opportunity to test grab a quarter set it on a table and see how close you can get. It will fill the frame and show the scratches. Pro's can talk tech all they want but in the end this lens is a good macro for the price (wait for the sales and its even better)!!!.
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January 21, 2013 by Tim
Excellent lense
I use the macro lense to shoot while we're teaching at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. I love the fact that I can switch from taking a portrait to the detail of a joint or tool without changing lenses. Crisp, quick focus. Excellent!
November 4, 2012 by zwagner
Excellent
I got this lens with my new OM-D about 5 days ago, and have been out shooting with it twice. First let me say that sharpness is first rate. Simply outstanding, and is even very good right from 2.8. Stopping down of course grants a small bonus in this area, but there is never a point where the lens isn't sharp (unless it's due to diffraction). Build quality is very good, and the fact of it being weather sealed is just icing on the cake. The focus limiter switch is very useful, and part of the reason for this is that the af can be a bit finicky. I pondered giving the lens 4 stars due to sometimes indecisive af, but it hasn't affected me in enough circumstances to really warrant a whole star knock. One of the best things about this lens is its rather modest price point. $500 really isn't all that much for a lens of this caliber, and I certainly appreciate Olympus keeping the cost reasonable. Simply put, a great buy, and recommended without reservation.
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