With a 30mm focal length (60mm equivalent on a full frame) this lens can double as an everyday and macro lens.
For a lens that retails for $300, I was disappointed at the content and packaging. The lens came inside a simple box with a couple warranty and manuals. Then there was the lens enclosed in cardboard with the front and rear lens cap and that was it. It would have been nice if Olympus included either a lens hood or drawstring bag along with the lens. Luckily, I was able to get it for less than $100 during black Friday so I didn’t mind it as much, but I would definitely not pay $300 for it.
I found the lens to be perfectly balanced on my Olympus OM-D E-M10. Building quality is nothing to write home about, as it is mostly plastic, but it does not feel cheap at all. It is also very lightweight and small enough to carry along as a backup lens. The lens itself is pretty bare with no physical controls aside from the manual focus ring which is smooth and responsive. A snapback manual focus ring as seen on other Olympus’s lenses would be a great addition.
From my experience, Olympus is usually really good with their autofocus performance, however, this lens was a different story. There was a lot of hunting and internal focusing as it went through its entire range before focusing on the subject. Autofocus was near silent though which was wonderful. Another issue with this lens is the short focusing distance between the subject and lens. As a result, you will almost always cast a shadow on your subject. This lens would not be ideal for shooting insect macros due to how close you would need to get to your subject.
Based on some shots I have taken so far, the image quality is really good and sharp! Due to the high magnification of the lens (2.5x image magnification), it can capture small details!
- Silent autofocus
- Good image quality
- Inexpensive (can be found for $100 throughout the year)
- Versatile lens (everyday and macro capabilities)
- No accessories included (no lens hood or case)
- Slow focus
- Short focusing range
- Shadow cast working up close
- No weather sealing (a con for people with weather sealing cameras)
The Olympus 30mm f3.5 is a solid performer and great entry lens if you want to get into macro photography. I found it to be a really fun lens for capturing all the small details, but if you already have another lens around this focal length, I would probably not recommend it unless you plan to use it only for macro work.