We’ve reviewed, scored and now round-up the10 best lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras, we think, you can purchase right now.
The Micro Four Thirds system is an open system that anyone can join, and therefore there are cameras and lenses from a large range of companies, all sharing the same lens mount. For example, you can use Olympus Micro Four Thirds (sometimes shortened to MFT or M43) lenses on Panasonic cameras, and vice versa. You’ll also find Micro Four Thirds lenses made by Sigma, Samyang, Voigtlander, Leica and many others. In fact, there are now so many M43 lenses, we’ve picked out the best 10 scoring lenses we’ve reviewed, to date, so you can make a more informed choice when spending your money.
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1. Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH.
Optically, this lens is currently amongst the best performers available for the Micro Four Thirds format due to its delivery of high sharpness, with low CA and distortion. As well as these plus points, the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. also features an optical stabilisation system, Nano Surface coatings to suppress flare and a manual aperture ring. It may cost a fair few pennies, but it will be money well spent, especially as the price isn’t obnoxious in any way.
2. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO combines great build quality with excellent performance and those two factors alone make it a winner in our eyes. However, when this is combined with the unique zoom range it offers along with the fast f/2.8 aperture, it scores a few more points. Image quality is excellent, the lens handles well and it’s not badly priced either.
3. Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN C
The Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN C offers fantastic performance, superb sharpness in particular, and a reasonable price tag. All round, a very satisfactory and desirable lens. A slight downside is the fiddly nature of some of the mirrorless cameras, with many functions tucked away in menus as opposed to dedicated switches and dials. This is not the fault of the lens though, which handles totally smoothly.
But in terms of a fast, short telephoto that is unobtrusive, works efficiently and delivers superb results the Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN C is absolutely an Editor’s Choice.
4. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN C
When the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN C lens was put to the test, we were pleasantly surprised to find that under the unassuming exterior was a superb compact lens that really delivers the goods. Even without considering the price, which is a bit of a bargain, the lens is an absolute gem. Sharpness is of a very high order, CA (Chromatic Aberration) is very much under control and flare is not a problem either.
5. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 Asph Mega O.I.S.
Those looking for a compact telephoto lens should certainly add the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 Asph Mega O.I.S. to their list of considerations as it ticks plenty of boxes. Optically it performs better than it’s reasonable price tag suggests it should and it’s compact enough to be barely noticeable in a camera bag when travelling. Sharpness levels are excellent and chromatic aberrations are pretty well controlled throughout most of the zoom range. Falloff of illumination towards the corners is fairly typical for a lens of this type and the petal-shaped hood does an excellent job of shielding the lens from extraneous light that may cause issues with flare.
6. Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH
Panasonic has produced here a telephoto zoom that is exceptionally easy to handle, produces excellent results and is priced realistically against the competition. Compared to full frame marques, it is priced very competitively when we consider what job the lens does.
Not only that, but the compact, light construction mirrors the size of the MFT cameras and follows the ethos of the MFT system. It is easy to see the attraction of lighter, smaller cameras and lenses, especially when the quality is still extremely high.
So, on various levels, a lovely lens and an Editor’s Choice.
7. Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. Macro
With a reasonable price, excellent sharpness across the frame from maximum aperture, useful optical stabilisation and life-size magnification at its closest focusing distance, you can’t really ask for more. The compact size and light weight will also help make this lens one that will win over many admirers.
8. Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 APSH. OIS
Panasonic’s 35-100mm is a fine lens that is priced reasonably, especially when compared to lenses covering the same angles of view for 35mm format, with the added bonus of being much more compact, and lightweight. Picture sharpness is excellent and chromatic aberrations are kept under control well throughout the zoom range. Distortion is well controlled and we didn’t experience any issues with flare when shooting with the Panasonic Lumix G Vario X 35-100mm f/2.8.
9. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
Combining a compact, lightweight design with great optical performance, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens is positioned at a great price point. Micro Four Thirds camera owners interested in macro photography should definitely add this lens to their wish list. In fact, even if you have no interest in macro photography, the quality this lens delivers and its price makes it a good option for portraiture fans on a relative budget also.
10. Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH
This lens is a very good buy for Micro Four Thirds camera owners who are looking for a dedicated macro lens. It’s lightweight, compact, sharpness is excellent from maximum aperture and optical stabilisation works well. Plus, as the price has dropped, the Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH is even better value for money.