When I was reviewing my shots taken at full 1:1 magnification, it appeared that the image was also very sharp, but somehow not as crackling sharp as I have hoped for.It was not as sharp as I have remembered seeing while I was shooting at lower magnification ratios, such as 1:2 or smaller with the same lens.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.Working within the optimum parameters of the lens will surely bring out the best performance one can expect from it.Though the images at 1:1 magnification was not as crackling sharp as I have hoped for, they were still very, very good, retaining excellent fine details.
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).
This review will be written from a photography-enthusiast’s point of view, because I am not a professional photographer.
This will be a user experience based review, sharing on what I think and feel as I use the Olympus M.
Using narrower aperture could be the cause of the slightly softer images. I was shooting at 60mm (equivalent of 120mm in 35mm format) with a single hand, at full 1:1 magnification.
As much as I believe that the magical 5 Axis Image Stabilization system can work miracles, sometimes being practical, I cannot be entirely sure that there was completely no hand shake.