Olympus 60mm F/2.8 Macro Lens Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 8
      • Features
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Durability
      • 8
      • Utility
      • 9
      • Total Score:
      • 8.40
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great image quality
    • Lightweight
    • Great macro capabilities
    • So fun to use
  • Cons

    • Double edge effect on some background objects
    • Could have a faster AF
    • Slightly less than tack sharp

Quick Take

The The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro lens is simply fun to use and highly recommended for most photographers.


The Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro lens is a recent addition to the Olympus lens line-up. The lens weighs 185g and its diameter measures 56x82mm making it almost the exact size of the 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3, but weighing slightly less. It has a set focal length of 60 mm (equivalent of 120mm in 35mm camera standards). The lens has seven circular diaphragm blades that help to increase the \”bokeh\” effect formed in the defocused areas of the image.

\"OlympusThe lens is also equipped with a high-speed Imager AF system. Imager AF is acquired by way of contrast detection and generally focuses on the subject nearest the lens. This digital camera lens is designed for everyday shooting with an emphasis on macro photography. The 60mm macro lens is easy and fun to use. A small dial on the lens allows it to be operated in either traditional or macro mode.

The experts at DigitalCameraReview were a big fans of the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. The autofocus was generally fast, the color quality was very good and the images were pretty sharp. The image quality was excellent for this price range. This lens could easily be utilized in traditional shooting mode.

DCR found the macro setting of this lens to be extremely fun. However, there was a concern that with the 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, a double-edge effect is noticeable (especially at wide open apertures) and slightly less than tack sharp focus. That being said, DCR still recommends this lens. It will make any photographer just want to use it. For those who are not used to macro photography, it will open up a whole new world. For those that already love macro it will allow you to further your craft.

By Laura Hicks


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