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    Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    Well. I bought one, I'm having fun with it!
    I'm not sure why I didn't buy it ages ago. Let's face it, if Ming Thein says it's good (with all his macro work) then it must be.
    Ming Thein's Review of the 60 macro

    I have a bad feeling that the reason I hadn't bought it was because it's too cheap, and I didn't really believe that it could be that good.

    Whatever - I've had a 43 hiatus over the last few days - ordering the E-M1, giving my E-M5 to Sim to take back to China (I have to sell his old camera on ebay).

    I was left without a camera! Last night I slipped up on the WEX website and ordered the E-P5, the VF4 and the 60 macro. The camera is great - the locking EVF, and the eye sensor means that it really isn't very different from the OMD ergonomically. Whatever - I'm pleased with the camera.

    The lens on the other hand is lovely - fast focusing, very sharp, weather sealed, nice focal length. 1:1 - what more could you want.

    Here are some snaps at 3200 ISO (well, let's make it difficult!).


    Echo (1/30th sec)


    Keys (1/30th sec)


    Flower


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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    Here are some more
    (exif should be intact)


    Clematis


    Orange


    bracken (crushing it for jpg has spoiled the bokeh)


    Old Rose


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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

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    These are dying Echinops sphaerocephalus



    hiding ladybirds




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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro


    Rhubarb


    Clematis


    Plum


    Bluebottle


    Garlic and Chilli


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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    Looks to be a very nice lens from these photos. Both it and the Macro-Elmarit-DG 45mm are now on my B&H wish list for future consideration.

    (I ordered a Novoflex MFT/LER adapter this morning ... Might as well go all out for the R lenses... :-)

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro


    Matty


    Moon



    Doe and Fawn at sunset

    As you can see, I've been having lots of fun!

    Now it's your turn, and if you haven't got this lens . . . why not?

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    Re: Fun with the Elmarit-R 60mm f2.8 macro

    I picked up one of these to use with my still unobtainable M240, but I've used it extensively with the 5-series of Olympus M43rds cameras. I took it out with the e-PL5 this afternoon. In Scotland (my part of the UK), the national flower is the thistle, but in Israel, the national flower should be the stone, since that's what the hills around Jerusalem consist of.



    Some other things bloom between the stones







    But a different flora dominates our skyline:



    and that is the construction crane.

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    Re: Fun with the Elmarit-R 60mm f2.8 macro

    Here's what our evening sky filled with cranes looks like.



    This building site is for an archaeology institute and, appropriately it is mostly underground.



    and the clutter that surrounds such a site forms a different sort of vegetation



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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    I just got mine the other day and I LOVE IT!!!

    I just switched from Canon to m4/3's (OM-D EM-5), I was using the Canon 60mm f2.8 and it was a great lens, but the E-M5 with the IBIS is just fantastic!

    Here is the first shot I got, it's a dead wasp I found in the back of my car .

    Great pics everyone, keep them coming!

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    Lumix GX1 and Olympus 60mm f/2.8.
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    Ginkgo biloba leaves ...

    Lumix GX1 w/Olympus 60mm f/2.8.

    Image enhanced with Topaz Detail and Clarity.
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    60 Oly macro/OMD: whirls and swirls on root knobs. Tree roots are exposed to power mower and the tops of the knobs (elbows?) are cut off...when the knob heals, these whirls and swirls are revealed...reminds one of Van Gogh's night skies. All taken within a few feet of one another...same tree.
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro and the Leica Macro Elmarit-R 60

    My M.Zuiko 60 arrived this afternoon. As Jono says, it is really inexpensive so resistance is futile. Curious thing, the E-M1 with the M.Zuiko 60 is BIGGER than the M240 with my Macro-Elmarit-R mounted with an adapter. But the E-M1 rig weighs less. It was dark when I got things home, so I set up a little competition with the help of a living room lily and a tripod. First the M.Zuiko:



    that's at f/8, ISO 800. And next the Macro-Elmarit R:



    at ISO 400, f/5.6. Some color correction required, as Leica has weird ideas about keeping the results of shooting indoors very warm. Which do you prefer?

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro and the Leica Macro Elmarit-R 60

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    My M.Zuiko 60 arrived this afternoon. As Jono says, it is really inexpensive so resistance is futile. Curious thing, the E-M1 with the M.Zuiko 60 is BIGGER than the M240 with my Macro-Elmarit-R mounted with an adapter. But the E-M1 rig weighs less. It was dark when I got things home, so I set up a little competition with the help of a living room lily and a tripod. First the M.Zuiko:



    that's at f/8, ISO 800. And next the Macro-Elmarit R:



    at ISO 400, f/5.6. Some color correction required, as Leica has weird ideas about keeping the results of shooting indoors very warm. Which do you prefer?

    scott
    The shot made with the Elmarit looks sharper, comparing the flower stamens that is.

    Also the first photo looks underexposed by comparison.

    I think the photos in this thread demonstrate to me that I need to upgrade to an EM1, my GX1 just isn't getting it done.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 and Elmarit-R 60/2.8

    Continuing the competition, this time handheld. "Available" light was one overhead flourescent, indirect daylight, and a Fotodiox LED panel bounced off a nearby wall. First the E-M1, taking advantage of its 5-axis (??) image stabilization to shoot at f/8 and 1/20:



    and then the M240, at a more conventional f/8 and 1/90:



    I didn't have to override the Leica AWB this time.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    First time shooting with this lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    Continuing the competition, this time handheld. "Available" light was one overhead flourescent, indirect daylight, and a Fotodiox LED panel bounced off a nearby wall. First the E-M1, taking advantage of its 5-axis (??) image stabilization to shoot at f/8 and 1/20:



    and then the M240, at a more conventional f/8 and 1/90:



    I didn't have to override the Leica AWB this time.

    scott
    I'm frankly somewhat surprised to see how "clean" that E-M1 shot is, Scott.
    Look at the speckles and banding in the M shot ...

    One of my gripes with my E-M1 are the speckles in the OOF areas that seem to be worse than in my E-M5.

    Happy shooting and kind regards.
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    some more flower shots.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    GX7 and Olympus 60/2.8
    f2.8, 1/25 second, ISO 3200
    Low ambient light, wide open, colors are faithful, focus is exactly where intended.

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    More shots at the park using "Art Dramatic Tone" preset.
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    These are very nice, tmldds.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 and Elmarit-R 60/2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    I'm frankly somewhat surprised to see how "clean" that E-M1 shot is, Scott.
    Look at the speckles and banding in the M shot ...

    One of my gripes with my E-M1 are the speckles in the OOF areas that seem to be worse than in my E-M5.

    Happy shooting and kind regards.
    Could you please point out the speckles and banding in the M shot, Knorp? I can't tell what you're referring to.

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    Jorgen,

    Thank you.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    Here's a test of the E-M1's image stabilization. Hand-held, 1/10 at f/16, illuminated by one desk lamp near the wall. Sort of a "selfie," this is a Mandarin approximation of "Kirkpatrick." Picture mirrored to make the characters read in the correct order.



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    1/10! Amazing. What lens?

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    Quote Originally Posted by tmldds View Post
    1/10! Amazing. What lens?
    M.Zuiko 60/2.8 macro lens on my E-M1. On the M240 (where I use an early Leicaflex 60/2.8 for macros) I would need to use 1/90 or 1/125 and still not really expect handheld shots to work. This was the better of just two tries.

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    My son and I went to the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.







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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    We just went through a three day snowstorm that brought trees down all around Jerusalem, and even a few weeks later has left piles of branches scattered everywhere to be picked up eventually. But the snow is gone from the local botanical garden:





    and things are starting to get green again,



    and here and there you see claims that this is enough of winter --







    All shot with E-M1 and M.Zuiko 60/2.8 macro, in shadowless twilight, at ISO 1600.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    I've got some questions for you folks that have experience using the 60mm macro. I'm new to m4/3 and recently picked up this lens for use with my OMD-em1. I want to use it both for macro and general purpose shooting. I've done a bit of test shooting (mostly at non-macro distances) and would say that the edges are a bit softer than I would have expected (I've been really impressed with the 12-40 f2.8 that I got with the camera). Not sure if it's resolution fall off or field curvature. I also shot some non-macro comparisons against the Oly 40-150 that I purchased for just over $100. The 60mm macro is of course better (no CA, slightly better contrast), but not hugely different.

    So I'm curious for those of you with experience with the 60mm macro, does my experience align with what you've seen or should I be looking for another copy of this lens?

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    Soft at the edges? Well, I'll have to go find a flat target to be sure, since the depth of field is not as great at 60 mm (effectively 120 mm) as I am used to with a wide angle focal length, but I normally don't find the corners weak with this lens:



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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    OK, flat subjects this time. Just what I could find within a few feet of the house.





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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    With almost a month of decent weather since a bad snowstorm, some of our wildflowers seem to be convinced that winter is over.



    Still the light is rather cold and wintry:



    and the most common blossom is still the white barrels on rooftops that capture solar heat for hot water:



    Some plants look like invading aliens:



    But it is sunny enough for lunch outside while watching the daffodills:



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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    Can anyone identify this creature, which I found feasting on white narcissus nectar? It's definitely insect, not bird, has antennae and a long proboscis that isn't unfurled yet in this picture. It only hovers; I never saw it alight and stop its wings buzzing.



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    It's a colibri-moth, Scott.
    Nice catch ...
    Or is it Hummingbird-moth, I get confused now ...

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    From Wikipedia, I gather that the colibri moth will be around for a while, and has regular habits. I'll go back and try to catch him with his tongue out. Here are some more from two days ago...







    Notice that the background bokeh is quite, as they say, "nervous." I'll try the Macro Elmarit-R 60/2.8 on my next visit, and see how it handles these.

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    First outing with the 60mm. I got quite lucky to run into a ladybug "swarm". What a treat to have the lens for the first time and such subject matter.

    And then two others from the same trip to Yosemite. I liked the shape of the ice, and then the patterns in the high, dry grass and its reflections:

    Enjoy,

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    I'm thinking I'm really going to enjoy this lens. A couple from Hidden Beach at Point Lobos from this weekend.

    Comments welcome as always. Enjoy.

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    ladybug swam is impressive greypilgrim!! you were indeed lucky to have the opportunity to use the 60mm macro on it.

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    Caught me by surprise

    This bloom appeared without warning a few feet from our front door last weekend.



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    Infinity by MLR Photography, on Flickr


    Macro by MLR Photography, on Flickr
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    Re: Fun with the Elmarit-R 60mm f2.8 macro

    I think I like the background bokeh a little bit better with this 40-yr old lens, but the Olympus 60 sure is easier to shoot with.



    shot this time with Leica M[240]

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    These red eyed tree frogs always make me smile!

    I hope that he makes you smile too!

    E-M1 and 60mm macro
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    Here's what has started blooming around here this week:











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    Lovely images!
    Which camera were you using with this?
    Thank you so much,
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    This bloom appeared without warning a few feet from our front door last weekend.



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    Which camera were you using with this?
    OM-D E-M1 for this one, E-P5 for yesterday's pictures. The image stabilization seems to be the same on the two models. Used the Olympus 60/2.8 for both.

    thanks,

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    A Teasel Tease!

    A Harvest Mouse having fun on a teasel head after stripping it of seed of course!
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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    African violet..

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    Re: Fun with the Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro

    Some local blooms. Pear tree blossoms:



    last fall's rimon (pomegranate):



    a spread of turmos (lupiine):



    and our local poppy:



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    Banned in Britain



    but defended by Scarlett Johansson; what's not to like about this?

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    Still blooming

    On our campus this time, not just in the botanical garden. In time for the end of the term, when the Board of Governors (and parents) come strolling through. All with the 60/2.8 macro and E-P5 (I prefer it over the M-1 because of the tilting viewfinder:









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