Summary: I bought some cheap close up filters with various grades for my Nikon D5000, I was only slightly impressed. With MCON-P01, I was so pleasantly surprised that this filter produced clear and crisp close up shots! I recommend this for amateur photogs like me.
Excerpt: The macro convertor was tested on a M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom lens. The Pros: Small, inexpensive and easy to install and use. The cons: Not any better then other "close up" filter type lenses. Do not expect to produce close up images that will enhance your creativity. The chromatic aberrations were quite bad, and made many of the photos unusable.
Excellent value for money especially when used with the tele zoom lens
4 June 2013
Summary: I bought the MCON-P1 as an affordable accessory to give macro capability to my two Olympus kit lenses (14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II, and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6). Attaches to the bayonet front of both lenses. It includes a separate adapter to accommodate the smaller 14-42mm lens, as well as front and back covers for safe storage. The body is plastic, but solid and light. No provision to attach a filter at the front.
Excerpt: The MCON-P01 makes my Olympus 14-150 into a very useful macro lens. It's not as crispy clear as a dedicated macro lens, but it does a really nice job. On the 14-150, the focusing range (7" from the end of the lens) allows you to be far enough away to make this a useful macro lens out in the field. (In comparison, subject is about 2" from the front of the 12-50 in macro mode.) Need to atttach this to a telephoto lens (150mm) to get good macro effect.
There are better options available for a few extra bucks
27 February 2013
Summary: If you are going to buy a converter macro lens then buy an achromatic lens with the appropriate size threads to fit on your lens. There are two low cost options that are just a few bucks more than the MCON P01 ... the Raynox 150 and the Marumi achromat close up lenses. They are far superior to this offering from Olympus. For a single element close up lens the olympus is OK but not stellar by any means. YOU WANT SHARP WITH LITTLE OR NO ABERRATION ...
Excerpt: Used it with my 40-150mm and it took an almost 1: 1 macro. Images look sharp. An inconvenience having to remove the UV filter but this is not an everyday use lens. I only need it for certain situations. If I was into macro photography I would get a real macro lens. I feel this would not hold up to everyday use. I gave it 4 stars because like a lot of Olympus lenses it is cheaply made.