- Well built, weathersealed body with internal focus
- Extremely sharp across the image frame
- Beautiful neutral bokeh with even specular highlights
- Rich color response with good contrast
- Fast and accurate autofocus
- Focus limiter switch has very useful focus zones and a great little 1:1 toggle
- Focus ring is smooth and well damped
- Price – at $499, it’s worth every penny
- Olympus continues to leave out important accessories like the lens hood
- My copy suffers from some left edge field curvature at longer focus distances (likely a decentered element).
- Users of Panasonic bodies don’t have optical image stabilization
- While small for a 1:1 macro, it’s longer than most other m4/3 primes.
As you can see, the ‘cons’ list above is pretty small. Olympus has created another winner with the 60mm f/2.8 Macro. And, unlike some of their other lenses, they’ve priced it right too. Images out of this lens remind me a lot of my last ‘favorite’ macro lens: the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. It’s sharp and has great bokeh, color and contrast. It’s even weathersealed like that great Canon lens. The Olympus doesn’t offer optical image stabilization, which isn’t a problem if you’re using an Olympus body like the OM-D. In my use, the OM-D’s IBIS performs better than the optical IS in the PanaLeica 45mm f/2.8 Macro, but shooters using Panasonic bodies may want to consider going that route if IS is important to them.
However, that is the only situation where I would recommend the 45mm f/2.8 over Olympus’ new 60mm Macro. Not only is the 60mm sharper and weathersealed, it’s several hundred dollars less expensive to boot. The 60mm f/2.8 Macro is another gem in Olympus’ recent run of great prime lenses.
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