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Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro v Panasonic 35-100 f2.8

I have the opportunity to purchase the Oly 60mm macro for a very good price to use on my Panasonic GX8.
I already own the Panasonic 35-100 f2.8 mk1 so I have the 60mm focal length covered at f2.8.

I donít have another macro lens and I have little experience but I could give it a try with the Oly lens.

Iím justfying this purchase by telling myself the IQ of the Oly will be a decent Ďstep upí over the Panasonic @ 60mm for medium telephoto or low light shots.

Do you agree ?
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Re: Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro v Panasonic 35-100 f2.8

I doubt that the sharpness will be much different. They're both f2.8 of course. The only advantage of the 60mn is if you want macro. If you do macro only occasionally then the Raynox 250 diopter adapter works very well with the 35-100 lens and is a pretty cheap option. .
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Re: Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro v Panasonic 35-100 f2.8

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your thoughts.
Shame as I have purchased the 60mm. I guess I was convinced a prime lens (and macro to boot) would be demonstrably sharper than a 3x zoom. Oh well, I got it for a good price and my macro technique needs improving.
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Re: Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro v Panasonic 35-100 f2.8

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Hi Paul,

Thanks for your thoughts.
Shame as I have purchased the 60mm. I guess I was convinced a prime lens (and macro to boot) would be demonstrably sharper than a 3x zoom. Oh well, I got it for a good price and my macro technique needs improving.
I shouldn't worry. It's a very good macro lens and ifyou don't like it they are usually easy to sell second hand.
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Re: Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro v Panasonic 35-100 f2.8

The Olympus 60mm macro is a very highly regarded lens and I should be very surprised if it doesn't out-perform the zoom. I don't know what your photographic interests are but I use mine for flower photography and find it superb.
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Re: Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro v Panasonic 35-100 f2.8

Thanks Mike, that is what I wanted to hear . . . validation ��

I like flower photography and so I’m sure the 60mm will find a happy home.
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Re: Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro v Panasonic 35-100 f2.8

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I doubt that the sharpness will be much different. They're both f2.8 of course. The only advantage of the 60mn is if you want macro. If you do macro only occasionally then the Raynox 250 diopter adapter works very well with the 35-100 lens and is a pretty cheap option. .
I have done a lot of macro, over many years, with macro supplementary lenses on the front of primes. Either a Raynox (I use the MSN-202) or a Marumi +5 Achromat will give you excellent results with either lens. The longer the focal length of the lens to which it is attached, the more magnification you get from any supplementary. (The MSN is meant for 100mm +).

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Re: Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro v Panasonic 35-100 f2.8

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Thanks Mike, that is what I wanted to hear . . . validation ��

I like flower photography and so Iím sure the 60mm will find a happy home.
Excellent choice, you could stick a cheapy auto extension tube behind it for even more mag.

You could also use the tubes with your 35-100 this will give you mag at greater working distance.

I use these....
https://www.amazon.co.uk/MK-P-AF3A-E...s+m4%2F3+meike

The only thing that drives me nuts on occasions with the Oly is the focus limiter, I always seem to have the wrong range selected.

The Panny 45mm macro OTOH, has step-less focusing, both exceptional lenses, in reviews it's usually the Oly that comes out tops.
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Re: Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro v Panasonic 35-100 f2.8

The 35-100 is not a macro lens. and the minimum focusing distant is around 3". But if you add a raynox like pdk42 suggest or like me, a macro stacker rings. Unlike Raynox, with macro rings, all your lenses becomes macro.

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The 35-100 is not a macro lens. and the minimum focusing distant is around 3".
I think you mean 3'.

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