Summary: I have to agree with other reviewers: It is really the most perfect lens. I can't add anything more than what the other positive reviewers have stated. I have an Olympus E-410 and used to use my 12-60mm 1:2.8-4 as my versatile all the time lens. But I have to say that this is now my favorite lens. I don't find the focus too slow. It's a good, solid lens, well made and holds up great. I will try to add some photos as well.
Great optics, precision focus and great quality ,will meet your macro needs
13 March 2013
Summary: Was listed as "as is" but it showed up looking like new. The lens is a great for macro and portrait shots...I bought this as I wanted a lens specifically for macro photography. This fits in nicely. It is compact and precise..will have more to say once I get more use of it!
Great for someone who is serious about photography
8 September 2012
Summary: A little noisy, a little slower than the other Olympus Zuiko lenses, but it takes amazing photos. There is a bit of a learning curve with it but once you figure it out it's a heck of an amazing piece of photographic equipment.
Olympus 50mm f/2 Zuiko Digital Macro review by jnolan
31 May 2012
Summary: The image quality of this lens is absurd. It's very good. It's very clean; it's very sharp; it's very contrasty. It's a macro lens. By itself it can zoom in pretty close. I don't have any of the teleconverters or extension tubes, but from what I've read it seems that they really expand the utility of this lens's macro function. I usually use this for product photography. It's focal length is good for this. It's also a good focal length for adult portraiture.
Simply a great lens I wouldn't want to be without.
6 April 2012
Summary: I love this lens. At f2.0 it's really fast, and the Oly optics are really clear. I couldn't be happier with this lens, and for the money it's a great deal. Unless you can afford a much better lens I recommend this for any 4/3 owner.
Summary: All the 5-star reviews for this sublime and near-technically-perfect lens hit it straight on: fantastic resolving power, tack-sharpness from edge to edge, Kodachrome-quality color and contrast rendition (the Olympus processing engines help out here), and soft, balanced bokeh. Sure it sometimes hunts for focus. Sure it's a noisy focusing lens. Sure it could use it focus limiter-- but do I care? Not a bit.
Summary: This my Initial review of this lens. I use this lens via an adapter with my new Olympus EPL1. If you love sharp pictures and true life like colors this lens is for you. I like the pictures coming out of this lens better than my canon 50 mm f1.4 on my 40D. There are some limitations when using this lens via an adapter, the auto-focus is slower making this lens mainly a portrait or landscape lens. I don't believe you can shoot action with it....
Summary: This lens is simply amazing - unbelievable low-light photography and incredible sharpness. Bundled with my EVOLT 510 I have been able to snap some amazing pictures. I actually use this as my primary lens now due to the fact that it's fixed--it requires you to be creative. I've had it for a few years now and it has performed very well over time. It focuses very quickly (even in low light) and can always take a sharp picture. There's nothing more to say really.