In short, a reasonably priced lens with surprisingly good performance. The newly released Olympus mZD 30mm macro ED lens is a great alternative to the premium priced 60mm macro lens. I honestly was quite surprised to see the ED elements in this lens. And ike itís older and bigger brother, this lens is capable of reproducing subjects at a 1:1 scale. With a minimum focusing distance of 0.095m, shooting subjects proved to be quite the challenge and this lens, in my opinion would be better suited for subjects like product and food photography rather than insects, though I won't say it isn't possible.
Though the lens was meant to be a macro lens, it performed reasonably well as a day to day lens. Using it for street photography or portrait, this lens performed liked any other in the lens line up offered by Olympus. This lens looks like a smaller version of the Olympus mZD 45mm f1.8 lens and itís very light at a 128g. Even on my old E-P1, it looked good and performed reasonably well.
I'll post more pictures when I can
Getting up close with the Comicave Iron man MKXVIII thigh armor to see the intricate metallic details of the figure
If you've seen this flowers before, you'd know they're like the size of a 50 cent coin and the ants are a lot smaller! When I zoomed in digitally, I could see details in the ant!
As expected of a macro lens, shallow DOF can be achieved, the details rendered by this lens is surprising!