Olympus mFT 60mm f2.8 vs. FT 50mm f2.0 and 35mm macros?

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Olympus mFT 60mm f2.8 vs. FT 50mm f2.0 and 35mm macros?
Sep 29, 2012

Tale of the tape: the 60mm is almost an inch longer while more than 1/2" narrower (3.2 in. x 2.2 in. vs. 2.4 in. x 2.8 in.) and weighs about 4 oz. less (6.5 oz vs. 10.6 oz) than the 50mm.

The 50mm is a proven pro-quality build lens with great IQ (used by DPR for their Olympus camera tests) and comes with case and hood. But I've read the 50mm hunts in focusing, especially on mFT.

Both are currently priced at $500 on Amazon.

And then there's that pesky FT 35mm f3.5 macro at only $229 which, while slower, also receives rave reviews for IQ and is a compact 2.1 in. x 2.8 in. and 5.8 oz.

The FT's can be used both on my Olympus DSLR's and E-PM1 (have adapter), not so the 60mm, which does factor in a bit to my decision.

Which would you recommend and why? User reports appreciated.

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