Summary: I am already spoiled by this lens. Time elapsed from unboxing to shooting some very nice keepers, 1 hour. It's a great, great lens, just a bit clunky to carry in the woods, but it is still a nice balance for the OM-D series frames. I would suggest a UV filter cap if only for protection. Learn how to use the lens' dial, especially the 1:1 setting, and you're off and running in no time. Makes fantastic portraits, too. It's a lovable lens, well worth the money.
Excerpt: I purchase this lens for EM1 and this is a wonderful lens which has 1: 1 ratio. I compared it with Zeiss 100/f2 Micro, and Leica R100 Macro. I could say this lens performance is the same good but much light and small as that two.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: From the fit and finish, you can tell Olympus was serious when they designed this lens. It's solid and sturdy. So far, photos are crisp and color reproduction is good. I'm using it primarily on a Panasonic Lumix GH3, and the balance is good... though I recommend you use a tripod. My one complaint thus far is the inadequate documentation. The enclosed "manual" doesn't adequately cover the features.
Summary: Jul 24 I received this lens today so this is an initial impression. I bought this lens for three reasons, weather sealing, 1:1 focus and it is 140gm lighter than the 50mm f2 I usually use. As a reference, I have 2 E-M5s and an E-M1, I have used an Olympus 50mm F2 (legacy) macro for years. While I own half a dozen m4/3rds lenses, the 50mm F2 is the most important lens in my collection and gives a great standard against which to evaluate this 60mm macro.
Summary: My first prime lens for m4/3. Great lens. I love the bokeh of the out of focus areas and does a fine job picking up details when getting in close. It also works great for portrait photography and fast AF for action should you try it. My biggest disappointment with the lens is no lens hood or carrying pouch included. It seems that is the norm for Olympus lenses which I think is a bit cheap of the company.
Summary: I shoot a lot of Macro...close things like flowers,bugs, watches, etc.. I made a lot of comparisons before purchasing. This lens works great. Nice120mm focal length for Macro. It is pin sharp at f2.8. Shipped without a lens hood...I hate that. Shame on Olympus. I won't use any lens without a hood. Fortunately there are 3rd party providers that sell good, cheap lens hoods.
Summary: I was looking for a smaller photography rig (like many that have made the switch to m4/3) and a macro lens was essential as I love looking for fine details. This is a TINY lens - think of a skinny Red Bull can. It's even small on my Olympus OM-D E-M1 (especially compared to the 12-40mm Pro lens). Focus limiter helps you keep the lens from ranging far and wide to focus and the magnifying feature of the OM-D makes this easy to get the focus right the first time.
Excerpt: I was looking for a smaller photography rig (like many that have made the switch to m4/3) and a macro lens was essential as I love looking for fine details.<br /><br />This is a TINY lens - think of a skinny Red Bull can. It's even small on my Olympus OM-D E-M1 (especially compared to the 12-40mm Pro lens).