LensTest: Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro

Owners of Micro Four-Thirds systems don’t have many dedicated options when it comes to taking pictures of things up uber close, but Olympus may have something for those individuals, in the shape of a 60mm macro lens.

Made from plastic, the 60mm f/2.8 is a lightweight lens that allows you to get up close and personal with pretty much anything you can set your eyes on.

Unsurprisingly, the lens is fixed to a specific focal range – 60mm – but because it’s a macro lens, you get a few focus range switches, allowing you set focus limiting at between 0.19 and 0.4 metres, 0.19 to infinity, and 0.4 to infinity.

There’s also a nifty “reset” switch, which helps to basically push your lens back to the beginning of its reach and allow you to acquire the harder focus points more easily.

Like every macro lens we’ve tested, your best and worst friend is aperture, and you’ll want a ton of it.

The key to a good macro outside of standing really still is having a lot of aperture and light, and you’ll find the sweet spot on this lens is beyond f/11, but you can still get some very beautiful shots before you hit that, as we saw.

Overall, if you’re after a dedicated macro lens for an Olympus or Panasonic body that takes the Micro Four Thirds mount, we can easily recommend this.

All images were taken on an Olympus E-PL5, unless otherwise noted.