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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30 mm f/3.5 Macro

18 December 2016
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros
  • excellent maximum magnification,
  • very good image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • moderate longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • practically zero distortion,
  • moderate astigmatism,
  • no vignetting problems,
  • silent, very quick and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • a bit too high coma.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30 mm f/3.5 Macro and the Panasonic G Macro 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. are worthy opponents that cost almost the same (about 1200 PLN). Both lenses provide very good image sharpness in the centre and on the edge of the frame. Panasonic is a tad sharper but it is most likely a result of better fastness which allows you to eliminate more optical aberrations when you stop the lens down to f/4.0 – 5.6. Additionally the Panasonic features optical stabilization and the Olympus a unique reproduction ratio, better than the classic 1:1 you get with most macro lenses.

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To sum up it’s very nice to have a system which offers you such a wide choice of lenses. You can pick and choose among several devices with very similar properties and parameters - it means your equipment will fit your needs in a perfect way.