Olympus mZuiko 30mm f3.5 Macro Prime : Small lens, big performance.
Photography Blog UK has published a review of the petite Micro Four Third (M43) Olympus mZuiko 30mm f3.5 macro prime lens the little brother to Olympus’s mZuiko 60mm f2.8 Macro which is a great value macro and short telephoto prime in its own right.
The new Zuiko 30mm lens gives an equivilent 60mm focal length so with a bit of thought it can probably also double as a short telephoto prime for street photography or even general photography ?
Panasonic also does a micro four third 30mm macro prime, the Panasonic 30mm Lumix f2.8 OIS but its a fair bit more expensive than the Olympus lens plus its bigger & heavier than the Zuiko prime (in part due to it having in-lens stabilisation).
As all Olympus M43 bodies have in-body stabilisation the new 30mm f3.5 lens can be constructed more cheapily than the Panasonic lens but it can still be used the recent Panasonic M43 bodies that sport in-body stabilisation.
So what did Photography Blog make of the new Olympus macro lens?
From Photography Blog UK:
“The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 30mm f/3.5 ED Macro is an outstanding performer in the optical department. Centre sharpness is very good wide open, reaching excellent levels at f/5.6. The borders are also very sharp, with optimum performance achieved at f/5.6 and f/8. Geometric distortion is essentially nonexistent, and chromatic aberrations are extremely well controlled too. Vignetting is visible at f/3.5 but goes away upon stopping down. Optically, the only weak point is lens flare – with the sun in the frame, you can see all sorts of streaking and ghosts, along with some veiling. A well-designed lens hood would probably help a lot here, but unfortunately none is included. Focusing is quick and almost silent, and the lens is pretty unobtrusive in ‘normal’ use. The lens’s maximum reproduction ratio of 1.25:1 is unparalleled in its class”.
Yet another winner from Olympus, the new lens clearly offers excellent performance in a small package and at a very reasonable price.
Mark Baynham ( November 2016)