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The lovely Jude from The Earth Laughs in Flowers asked if I had compared my two Olympus macro lenses. I recently got the 30mm macro lens after having used the 60mm macro for the last few years.
I thought it was a great opportunity to compare the two lenses via our RegularRandom challenge, where we spend just 5 minutes shooting a subject. To join, tag your post regularrandom and link back to this post so that we can find you. The instructions can be found here.
For this week, I chose some pretty Lisianthus flowers and started with the 30mm macro lens on my Olympus OMD EM5 camera. The lens is an M. Zuiko 30mm f/3.5 Macro lens.
Then I switched over to the 60mm macro lens and shot them all over again. The lens is an M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens.
I’m surprised at the results. I think the images from the 60mm are far superior to the 30mm and I really didn’t believe the difference would be so great. I think the 30mm photos are somewhat “flatter” than the 60’s, and there’s a softer and creamier and dreamier look to the 60mm shots.
I will say that the 30mm lens is 100% easier to use than the 60mm. The 30mm lets you get super close (9mm compared with 19mm on the 60) and I can almost always get my focus with it unless I’m too close, which is very hard to do on the 30.
The 60mm macro lens has taken me a lot of practice to get as comfortable with it as I am. This shoot has taught me that I’ve missed this lens and I shouldn’t be so lazy, I should use it more often. I used to use it all the time because it was the only macro I had!
Still, the 30 definitely has it’s place. It’s a lovely lens, it let’s you get very close, it was half the price and it still gives you very nice images. The 60 just takes it further.
What are you thoughts on my comparison?
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