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Panasonic G Macro 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.

17 March 2016
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • solid and compact casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • lack of problems with the longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • lack of noticeable problems with spherical aberration,
  • slight distortion,
  • very low coma,
  • moderate astigmatism,
  • silent and accurate autofocus,
  • good price/quality and price/performance ratio.

Cons:

  • a tad too high vignetting,
  • strange performance of image stabilization.

The Panasonic G Macro 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. is the cheapest macro lens dedicated to the Micro Four Thirds system. What’s important, you don’t notice that cheapness anywhere. It is a mechanically solid instrument with a lot of metal parts, produced in Japan. Its optical quality is so good that it didn’t have any serious slip-ups in our test. Our reservations concern only the strange performance of image stabilization but we didn’t have an opportunity to check whether it is an overall effect or just a flaw of the particular specimen we happened to test here.


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Still we don’t doubt that those 1200 PLN you have to spend for the Panasonic G Macro 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. are a good investment and the lens will be a joy to use.