Therefore, it is extremely crucial for a macro lens to be as sharp as possible to be able to capture and resolve as much details as possible. While reviewing the images shot on the camera backscreen, it was evident that the 60mm F2.8 lens is sharper than the 50mm F2 lens, perhaps by a small margin, but the difference was visible, and there was no slight hesitation for me to have a strong impression that the 60mm was the winner.This was just a quick mental comparison I made while I was shooting on the field, and may not be conclusive at this point, because no side by side real comparison at 100% view on gigantic computer monitor screen to justify such claims. Moiré pattern can be seen on the butterfly's eye and dragonfly's eye respectively.I was faced with a situation where tripod was impractical.A practical explanation for this scenario is high likely due to diffraction phenomenon of the lens shooting at narrower aperture (F8 or narrower).The bad news is, using the 60mm macro lens on the E-M5 body that has very thin anti-aliasing filter, the Moiré problem can be corrected by internal software is not happening as I have seen the problem in quite a few numbers of my macro shots.Perhaps, a lens being too sharp is not necessarily a good thing all the time after all.In this particular first part of my review, I shall put more emphasis on the Image Sharpness and Auto Focus performance of the 60mm macro lens.In addition to that, I shall also try my best to answer how well does the M.
This will be a user experience based review, sharing on what I think and feel as I use the Olympus M.
Do bear in mind that the following technique is only employed for high magnification images more than 0.5x magnification on the Olympus M. 4) General camera settings: Shutter Speed from 1/60sec to 1/125 sec (to capture a little bit of ambient light, if possible for a more natural look), Aperture from F/5.6-F/14 (to control and maximize depth of field required), ISO200.
The wonder of macro photography is the ability to reveal the tiniest of details, opening up a whole new world that the human naked eyes cannot see. When I was shooting with the 60mm macro lens, I almost thought I was using the 50mm F2 macro lens instead (probably due to the very similar focal length, 60mm vs 50mm).
Amir's macro photography work has become a strong inspiration and influence to me, and I looked up to him as a mentor and friend.
I am glad Olympus has also loaned them the 60mm macro lens for testing and reviewing purposes.  In addition, Ming Thein, no stranger in the world of photography gear review has also posted up his review of the Olympus M. Ming Thein specializes in product photography (his work with close up expensive watches is simply astounding), hence it is significant to hear what he has to say, coming from a professional environment. I have had two full day shooting experience with the newly launched Olympus M.