Second part of Robin Wong’s 60mm macro review and new GH3 image samples.


Full length video sample taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 mounted with the M.ZD 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens by Zuikoholics.

Robin Wong (Click here) posted the second part of the Olympus 60mm macro review: “As a dedicated macro lens, this M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro surely will deliver satisfactory results, being able to capture massive amount of details, and generally it is a very sharp lens. The capability to shoot at full 1 to 1 magnification ratio opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Certainly, there is very little to complain about this lens when sharpness and image technical perfection are the main concern.” Lens preorders are up at Amazon, Adorama Bhphoto.

Imaging Resource (Click here) posted new Panaosnic GH3 full size image samples. By the way, Oled-Info reports that the GH3 EVF may be made by MicroOled company which is the only one using the RGBB architecture.

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK (horrible price in UK!).
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Adorama (Click here).

  • Nawaf

    The samples are looking good from the GH3. I’m loving the sensor.

  • Farrukh

    Nice macro video – you get a sense of what it can do :)

  • kgerster

    The samples of the GH3 are looking good. But amazing that there is nearly no DOF, even in low light situations (except the portrait of the man).

  • That Guy

    Great macro video. That lens is looking very tasty. On a side note those caterpillars can eat!!! No wonder my vegie garden gets decimated so quick.

    • Henrik Norby Thuesen

      A picture like that would be impossible with any camera without HDR!

      Besides, the firmware is at 0.4 stage yet!!!

  • nice part from Robin’s 2nd test about using it a general/portrait lens.

    • @Ulli
      That was of great interest to me, too. Even if they were the same price, I would probably choose this lens over the 75/1.8 for portraiture. 150mm equivalent is too long for me, and with the 60/2.8 you also get macro and weatherproofing. I’m really happy that the bokeh from this new lens also looks good. Yet another bonus is that it is 45% cheaper than the 75/1.8!

  • Is there any news about 17mm f1.8 availability?
    Macro is superb… But I’m sure I will use more the 17mm

  • Pavlo

    I think samples are useless with no exif:

    “Unreported shutter speed, f-stop, focal length”

  • Bob B.

    The Oly 60mm, the Panasonic GH3 and Robin’s work all look like winners to me!

  • 4343

    nobody here who noticed the spelling error….

    now im not native english speaking but im not running a english website either…

    my advice read your posting after publishing it….

    • @4343
      My advice to you is learn English better before drawing attention to yourself by criticising the Admin’s English. Here is your post, corrected:
      “Did no-one here notice the spelling error? Now I’m not a native English speaker but I’m not running an English website either. My advice is to read your posting after (before, surely?) publishing it.”

      To comment on the message in your post; why should the Admin have to write in perfect English? If you were a regular here, you would realise that he is not a native English speaker. Personally, I would rather read imperfect English than have to learn German.

      • Hey! Been there! Learning German is cool you know ;)

        • @Jules
          Yes, I’m sure it is! But I’m busy with Arabic at the moment, and I’m really not much of a linguist!

          • For learning any tongue, even one’s mother tongue for that matter, thinking that it is easy, that we are proficient, talented, etc, is *not* a substitute for dedicated work, much less a recipe for success.

            me too I’m not a linguist ;)

            But really, Arabic. Cool!

  • That’s a great video. I guess this lens will also be pretty good on a GH2 for video like that.

  • 4343
  • The GH3 images are really surprising. It doesn’t have the typical panasonic smearing and weird patterns in their older jpeg engines. The iso3200 pics are all looking mighty fine with respectable details too. This with E-M5 are really the m43 coming of age sensors, standing shoulder to shoulder with their APS-C competitions.

  • napalm

    good but once again, GH3 skintones are not for me…

  • Jason

    I have the Panasonic Leica Lumix DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro.

    I am wondering how these two lenses compare? Anyone yet done a comparison yet?

  • screwy

    I had to go to the zuikoholics site to see the video in full 16:9, here it seems cropped out at the right side a bit, making it look like bad framing.

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