Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 ASPH Mega OIS macro - Review / Test - Samples & Verdict
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Sample Images & Verdict

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Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/400s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/400s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/320s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/200s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/250s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/50s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/800s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 320
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/60s
Make OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Model E-M5MarkII
ISO Speed 320
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s

Verdict

The Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 ASPH Mega OIS macro delivered a more than solid performance during our tests. The lens is extremely sharp especially at f/2.8 and f/4. Low lateral CAs contributed to the very high sharpness perception. Unlike some other MFT lenses, it is a fully corrected lens thus distortions are marginal. The vignetting relies on auto-correction at large apertures so you have to live with increased sensor noise in the image corners at f/2.8. The original (RAW-)vignetting is reasonable though. The bokeh is generally very smooth although out-of-focus highlights aren't perfectly rendered.

The build quality of this little Panasonic lens is quite impressive. It may not feel like much but the metal body is reassuring (although that's somewhat subjective). The constant physical length as well as the smooth focus ring are also appreciated. Weather sealing is not provided though. The AF is noiseless and it's also fast unless it has to hunt throughout the focus range. We miss a focus limiter but given the low price tag, we probably can't have it all.

Technically there's nothing to complain about the Panasonic lens. It's sharp, small and affordable. However, if macro photography is really your thing, it probably makes more sense to check out the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 ED macro. The Olympus lens isn't superior but it can provide a longer working distance to your main subject. Even if you are not hunting bugs, it makes life a lot easier as far as scene lighting is concerned.

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