Does the 12-100 make 60 macro redundant?

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Mark Ransom
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Does the 12-100 make 60 macro redundant?

I just picked up an E-M5 II and I'm trying to decide what lenses I'll eventually need. The 12-100 is definitely at the top of my list, and I'm sure someday I'll have it - but I can't afford it yet. In the meantime the 60 Macro is on sale. But I don't want to buy something and discover later that I didn't need it.

One of the appealing aspects of the 12-100 is its ability to do nearly everything. The maximum magnification is listed as 0.30, and while that's not strictly 1:1 macro it might be close enough for what I do.

Here's a recent example of what I'm doing. This is from a Pentax APS-C with a 100mm macro lens. This little skipper is probably between 10 and 15 mm long, rough eyeball estimate. Except for the aspect ratio this picture isn't cropped.

I guess working distance would make a difference too, so if somebody can compare the two that would be fantastic.

 Mark Ransom's gear list:Mark Ransom's gear list
Pentax K-7 Pentax K-01 Olympus E-M5 II Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited Pentax smc DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6ED AL [IF] DC WR +6 more
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