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a brief catalogue of Micro Four Thirds lenses


  • the Micro Four Thirds system is blessed with not only a superb range of dedicated AF lenses, but via an adapter, able to access the superb range of Four Thirds lenses whilst still maintaining aperture control, EXIF data and in most cases with the new cameras, autofocus capability, although not continuous AF.
  • an awesome high quality, compact camera kit for enthusiasts:
  • if that is not enough, the short lens flange distance means that nearly any lens ever made can be adapted to fit, but you will obviously not have AF capability, nor camera-controlled aperture, nor EXIF data.
    • see legacy lenses for mirrorless cameras for examples of such lenses which can be used
    • in particular, I would highly recommend the following if you are happy to use manual focus only:
      • Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 - buy it in the Nikon mount (new under $US300 from so it can be used on almost any camera
      • Olympus OM 135mm f/2.8 - nice and cheap - look for them on Ebay - great for video of indoor or low light events.
      • Canon EF adapter with aperture control:
        • Metabones Turbo adapter


Micro Four Thirds mount lenses

  • none of the Olympus lenses have optical image stabilisation as all Olympus bodies have this built-in.
  • Panasonic nomenclature:
    • HD = near silent continuous AF and stepless aperture for optimum HD video
    • X = premium class with nano coatings for reached flare, and a high level of edge-to-edge optic quality. These are also HD.
    • Power OIS = in addition to usual Mega OIS, ability to counter large, slow movements
    • Mega OIS = normal optical image stabilisation
    • PZ = power zoom control on the lens
  • Olympus nomenclature:
    • m.Zuiko = designed for Micro Four Thirds
    • Zuiko Digital (ZD) = designed for Four Thirds
    • OM = designed for Olympus OM film SLR cameras - you will need an adapter to use these, and these are manual focus only.
    • OM-D = digital Micro Four Thirds system cameras with in-built EVF and design reminiscent of OM SLR film cameras
    • ZERO = new coatings (presumably nano) to further reduce flare
    • R = revised lens with silver instead of black finish
    • MSC = AF designed for motion and still BUT there is variability in how quiet and fast these lenses auto-focus.
    • EZ = power zoom on the lens

lens listing for Micro Four Thirds mount lenses

auto-focus lenses

lens focal length in 35mm terms OIS C-AF silent AF filter length weight price in US
Olympus 5-20mm f/1.8-2.8 (patent only 2015) 10-40mm f/1.8-2.8 N Yes MSC $
Pan. 7-14mm f/4 H-F007014 14-28mm f/4 N Yes No N/A 83mm 300g $980
Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro (2015) 14-28mm f/2.8 N Yes MSC nil 106mm 534g $1299
Olympus 8mm f/1.8 fisheye Pro (2015) 16mm fisheye N Yes No nil 80mm 315g $999
Pan. 8mm f/3.5 fisheye H-F008 16mm fisheye N Yes No rear 52mm 165g $629
Pan. 8-18mm f/2.8-4 16-36mm f/2.8-4 N Yes Yes 67mm 88mm 315g $1099
Olympus 12mm f/1.0 patent only phase 2014 24mm f/1.0 N Yes MSC mm mm g $
Pan. 12mm f/1.4 2017? 24mm f/1.4 N Yes Yes 62mm mm g $
Oly. 12mm f/2.0 24mm f/2.0 N Yes MSC 46mm 43mm 130g $799
Oly. 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 18-36mm N Yes MSC 52mm 57mm 155g $699
Olympus 14mm f/1.0 patent only phase 2014 28mm f/1.0 N Yes MSC mm mm g $
Pan. 14mm f/2.5 H-H014 28mm f/2.5 N Yes No 46mm 21mm 55g $370
Pan. 14mm f/2.5 II H-H014A 28mm f/2.5 N Yes No 46mm 21mm 55g $299
Pan. 15mm f/1.7 30mm f/1.7 N Yes No 46mm 36mm 115g $599
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 32mm f/1.4 N mm mm g $
Olympus 17mm f/1.2 weathersealed Jan 2018 34mm f/1.2 N Yes MSC 62mm 87mm 390g $1199
Oly. 17mm f/1.8 34mm f/1.8 N Yes MSC 46mm 35.5mm 120g $499
Oly. 17mm f/2.8 pancake 34mm f/2.8 N No No 37mm 22mm 71g $249
Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN asph 38mm f/2.8 N 46mm 46mm 140g $219
Pan. 20mm f/1.7 H-H020 pancake 40mm f/1.7 N No No 46mm 26mm 100g $340
Olympus 25mm f/1.2 weathersealed pro 50mm f/1.2 N Yes MSC 62mm 87mm 410g $1299
Pan. 25mm f/1.4 50mm f/1.4 N Yes No 200g $580
Pan. 25mm f/1.7 50mm f/1.7 (2016) N Yes, DFD, 240fps signal Yes g $
Oly. 25mm f/1.8 50mm f/1.8 N Yes MSC 46mm 41mm 136g $349
Pan. 30mm f/2.8 macro (2015) 60mm f/2.8 macro Mega Yes No g $399
Olympus 30mm f/3.5 2.5x macro 60mm 2.5x macro N Yes MSC 46mm 57mm 128g $US299
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 2016 60mm f/1.4 Yes 52mm 73mm 265g $US460
Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN asph 60mm f/2.8 N 46mm 39mm 135g $219
Olympus 12-35mm f/1.8-2.4 collapsible patent only 2017 24-70mm No mm mm g $
Pan. 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 compact 24-64mm Mega Yes “fast” 37mm 24mm g $225
Pan. 12-35mm f/2.8 X HD weatherproof 24-70mm f/2.8 Power Yes HD 58mm 74mm 305g $829
Oly. 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro weatherproof 24-80mm f/2.8 No Yes MSC 62mm 84mm 382g $800
Oly. 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ MSC weatherproof 24-100mm + macro No Yes MSC 52mm 83mm 211g $350
Pan. 12-60mm f/2.8-4 Leica weatherproof 24-120mm Power Dual Yes HD 62mm 86mm 320g $999
Pan. 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Power OIS 24-120mm Power Yes MSC 58mm mm 210g $
Oly. 12-100mm f/4 OIS PRO weatherproof 24-200mm f/4 Dual Yes MSC 72mm 116.5mm 561g $1299
Oly. 12-150mm f/4-6.3 OIS - patent only in 2014 24-300mm Yes! Yes MSC mm mm g
Kodak 12-45mm f/3.5-6.3 24-90mm No 49mm mm g cheap kit lens
Pan. 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 X PZ Asph 28-84mm Power Yes HD 37mm 27mm 95g $399
Pan. 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II 28-84mm Mega Yes “fast” 46mm 49mm 110g $
Oly. 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 28-84mm N No No 40.5mm
Oly. 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II collapsible 28-84mm N Yes MSC 37mm 50mm 112g $299
Oly. 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 IIR collapsible 28-84mm N Yes MSC 37mm 50mm 113g
Oly. 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ power zoom 28-84mm N Yes MSC 37mm 23mm 91g $349
Pan. 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 H-FS014045 28-90mm Mega Yes No 52mm 60mm 195g $280
Oly. 14-150mm f/4-5.6 28-300mm N Yes No 58mm 280g $520
Oly. 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II weatherproof 28-300mm N Yes MSC 58mm 83mm 285g $599
Pan. 14-140mm f/4-5.8 H-VS014140 28-280mm Mega Yes HD 62mm 84mm 460g $649
Pan. 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 late 2013 28-280mm Power Yes HD 58mm mm g $
Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 III VC 28-300mm Yes 52mm 85mm 280g
Pan. 35-100mm f/2.8 HD weatherproof 70-200mm f/2.8 Power Yes HD 58mm 100mm 360g $1200-1500
Pan. 35-100mm f/4-5.6 70-200mm f/4-5.6 Mega Yes HD 46mm 50mm 135g $
Oly. 40-150mm f/2.8 weatherproof 80-300mm f/2.8 N Yes MSC/dual 72mm 160mm 880g $1499
Oly. 40-150mm f/4-5.6 80-300mm N Yes MSC 58mm 83mm 190g $299
Oly. 40-150mm f/4-5.6R 80-300mm N Yes MSC 58mm 83mm 190g $299
Pan. 45-150mm f/4-5.6 OIS 90-300mm Mega Yes 52mm 73mm 380g $299?
Pan. 45-200mm f/4-5.6 H-FS045200 90-400mm Mega Yes No $250
Pan. 42.5mm f/1.7 portrait 85mm f/1.7 portrait Power Yes Yes? mm mm g $399
Pan. 42.5mm f/1.2 portrait 85mm f/1.2 portrait Power Yes Yes? 67mm 77mm 425g $1599
Olympus 45mm f/1.2 weathersealed Nov 2017 90mm f/1.2 N Yes MSC 62mm 85mm 410g $1199
Pan. 45mm f/2.8 macro H-ES045 90mm f/2.8 macro Mega Yes No 46mm 63mm $669
Oly. 45mm f/1.8 portrait 90mm f/1.8 N Yes MSC 37mm 46mm 115g $399
Pan. 50-200mm f/2.8-4 OIS 100-400mm Power Yes MSC 67mm 132mm 665g $1699
Sigma 60mm f/2.8 EX DN ART 120mm f/2.8 N 46mm 56mm g $239
Oly. 60mm f/2.8 macro weathersealed 120mm f/2.8 1:1 macro N Yes MSC 46mm 82mm 185g $499
Oly. 70mm f/2.8 macro - patent only stage 2013
Oly. 75mm f/1.8 150mm f/1.8 N Yes MSC 58mm $899
Oly. 100mm f/4.5 macro - patent only stage 2013
Oly. 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 150-600mm sharp, silent N Yes MSC 58mm 116mm 430g $799
Oly. 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II 150-600mm sharp, silent N Yes MSC 58mm 116.5mm
Pan. 100-300mm f/4-5.6 H-FS100300 200-600mm Mega Yes No 67mm 126mm 520g $599
Pan. 150mm f/2.8 HD ??2014-15 300mm f/2.8 ? No ? ? ?
Panasonic 100-400mm f4-6.3 weathersealed (2016) 200-800mm f/4-6.3 Power DFD, 240fps signal Yes mm g $US2000?
Pan. 200mm f/2.8 Jan 2018 400mm f/2.8 Yes Yes Yes 77mm 174mm 1245g $US2999 inc. 1.4xTC
Olympus 200mm f/3.2 patent only 2017 400mm f/3.2 Yes MSC Yes mm mm g $
Olympus 200-300mm f/2.8-4 (patent only 2015) 400-600mm f/2.8-4 Yes MSC Yes mm mm g $
Olympus 300mm f/4 Pro weathersealed (2016) 600mm f/4 Yes MSC Yes 77mm 227mm 1270g $US2500
Olympus 300-500mm f/2.8-4 (patent only 2015) 600-1000mm f/2.8-4 Yes MSC Yes mm mm g $
Olympus 400mm f/4 patent only 2017 800mm f/4 Yes MSC Yes mm mm g $
Olympus 400mm f/5.6 patent only 2017 800mm f/5.6 Yes MSC Yes mm mm g $
Olympus 500mm f/4 Pro IS (patent only 2015) 1000mm f/4 Yes MSC Yes mm 338mm g $

manual focus lenses in MFT mount

lens focal length in 35mm terms OIS C-AF HD filter length weight price in US
iZugar 3.25mm fixed f/2.5 fisheye f/2.5 220deg circular fisheye N N N N/A mm 160g $499
Entaniya 2.3mm, 3.0mm and 3.6mm 250deg fisheye MF only 250deg VR fisheye N N N N/A mm 1600g $3730
Nodal Ninja 7.3mm f/4 fisheye MF only f/4 fisheye N N N N/A 42mm 200g $279
Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 fisheye MF only f/2.0 partial circular fisheye N N N N/A mm 300g $
7Artisans 7.5mm f/2.8 fisheye MF only f/2.8 fisheye N N N N/A mm g $139
Rokinon/Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye MF only f/3.5 rectilinear fisheye N N N N/A 48mm 197g $299
Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MF only 15mm f/2 N N N 49mm mm g $
SLR Magic 8mm f/4 fisheye MF only 16mm f/4 N N N 43mm/52mm 41mm 110g $349
Olympus 9mm f/8 fisheye bodycap 18mm fisheye N MF No 13mm 30g $99
Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8 MF only 17mm wide angle N MF N N/A mm g
Samyang 10 mm f/2.8 20mm f/2.8 N MF N none 86mm 580g $549
Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 MF only 21mm f/0.95 N MF N 72mm 82mm 586g
Konica-Minolta 8-17mm f/2.8 - patent only stage 2013
SLR Magic Nokton 12mm f/1.6 MF only 24mm f/1.6 MF N N N $499
Kowa Prominar 12mm f/1.8 MF only 24mm f/1.8 N MF N N/A mm g
Samyang Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 MF 24mm f/2.0 N MF only! No 67mm 59mm 245g $400
Pan. 12mm f/12 3D stereo 24mm 3D stereo $210
Samyang 14mm T3.1 Xeen Cine 28mm T3.1 Cine N MF N none 113mm 1175g $
Olympus 15mm f/8 bodycap 30mm toy N MF lever No 9mm 22g $60
Samyang Rokinon 16mm f/2.0 MF 32mm f/2.0 N MF only! No 77mm mm g $
Samyang Rokinon 16mm T2.2 Cine MF 32mm f/2.2 N MF only! No mm mm g $529
Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 35mm f/0.95 N MF only! No 58mm 80mm 540g ~$1500
Samyang Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 MF 42mm f/1.4 N MF only! No 58mm mm g $500
ShenyangZhongyi 24mm f/1.7 MF only 48mm f/1.7 MF N MF only N
Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 50mm f/0.95 N MF only! No 70mm 410g $999
Meike 25mm f/0.95 50mm f/0.95 N MF only! No 55mm 101mm 540g $
Mitakon 25mm f/0.95 50mm f/0.95 N MF only! No 43mm 55mm 230g $399
MS-Optical Sonnetar 25mm f/1.1 50mm f/1.1 N MF only! No g $650
7Artisans 25mm f/1.8 MF only 50mm f/1.8 N, 12 iris blades N N 46mm mm g $70
Kowa Prominar 25mm f/1.8 MF only 50mm f/1.8 N MF N N/A mm g
Meyer Optik Lydith 30mm f/3.5 swirling bokeh art lens 60mm f/3.5 MF 220g $US749
Mitakon Zhongyi 35mm f/0.95 MF only 70mm f/0.95 MF N MF only N
Samyang 35mm f/1.2 and T/1.3 Xeen Cine 70mm T1.3 Cine N MF N 62mm 73mm 426g $
SLR Magic 35mm T1.4 MF only 70mm f/1.4 MF N MF only N 52mm 70.3mm 370g
Samyang 35mm T1.5 Xeen Cine 70mm T1.5 Cine N MF N none 147mm 1380g $
Handevision 40mm f/0.85 80mm f/0.85 portrait No MF No 67mm 128mm 1150g Eur1799
Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 portrait 85mm f/0.95 portrait No MF No 58mm 75mm ?
ShenyangZhongyi / Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 MF only 85mm f/1.2 MF N MF only N 52.5mm 310g $359
Konica-Minolta 43mm f/1.4 - patent only stage 2013
Samyang Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 MF 100mm f/1.2 N MF only! No 58mm mm g $550
Kowa Prominar 90mm f/2.5 MF 180mm f/2.5 N MF only! No mm mm g $
Meyer Optik Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 for soap bubble bokeh, front focus lens 100mm f/2.9 $US449
Samyang 100mm f/2.8 macro
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 135mm/T2.1 270mm T2.1 No MF only No 1,600g $5,700
Kenko / Tokina 300mm f/6.3 macro mirror lens for MFT MF 600mm + 0.5x macro at 0.8m No MF only No 55mm 66mm 300g $199
Samyang / Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 mirror lens MF 600mm + macro No MF only No 95mm? 65mm 320g $280

macro extension tubes

  • Kenko AF Extension Tube Set for Micro 4/3rds:
    • 10mm and 16mm tubes with all the contacts and circuitry to maintain communication between the camera body and the lens.
    • AF (within the limited macro range) and auto exposure are maintained, although with some lenses AF may not function.
    • focal length of the lens should be longer than the focal length of the tube for proper operation.
    • stacking of the tubes is not possible with the Panasonic 45MM Macro and PZ 45-175MM lenses, and potentially with other lenses.

conversion lenses

  • these are lenses that mount on the front of another lens via a bayonet mount to either make it wide field of view, more telephoto, fisheye, or more macro.
  • Olympus MCON-P01 Macro Converter - designed for M. Zuiko 14-42mm MkII/R, 14-150mm, and 40-150mm lenses
  • Olympus WCON-P01 Wide Angle Converter - converts M.Zuiko 14-42mm MkII kit lens into an 11mm ultrawide-angle lens
  • Olympus FCON-P01 Fisheye Converter - converts M.Zuiko 14-42mm MkII kit lens into a fisheye lens.
  • Panasonic DMW-GWC1 Wide Conversion Lens - converts 14mm to 11mm for use on 14mm f/2.5 and the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm
  • Panasonic DMW-GTC1 Tele Conversion Lens - 2x zoom - converts 42mm to 84mm for use on the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm
  • Panasonic DMW-GMC1 Macro Conversion Lens - for use on 14mm f/2.5 and the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm
  • Panasonic DMW-GFC1 Fisheye Conversion Lens - for use on 14mm f/2.5 and the LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm

anamorphic adapter lenses for cine work

  • SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x - 50 adapter
    • 1.33x squeeze factor uses the entire 16:9 sensor area to achieve the desired 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
    • fits onto lenses with filter sizes Φ62, Φ58, Φ52, Φ49 via stepping rings
    • ~$899
    • 20-85mm focal length taking lens should be used for mFT sensor


  • these are small adapters which mount BETWEEN the camera and a lens
  • also called tele-extenders
  • they usually are 1.4x or 2x
  • a 1.4x teleconverter effectively gives a field of view of a lens with focal length 1.4x that of the actual focal length at a cost of 1 stop of aperture (a 2x teleconverter comes at a cost of 2 stops aperture)

stereo 3D lenses

  • Panasonic also make a stereo 3D lens - a 12.5mm f/12 (H-FT012) which weighs only 45g and can be used to create true 3D HD Panasonic videos.

other specialised manual focus lenses in Micro Four Thirds mount

lomography / "toy" lenses

fisheye lenses

super macro lens

  • ZY Optics Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5x super macro lens
    • announced 2016
    • $US199
    • 4-5x ultra-macro lens with special USB-powered macro lighting unit to manage the close working distance
    • working distance 11mm!
    • target holder
    • $US479

extremely fast aperture MF lenses for shallowest DOF

tilt-shift lenses

cine lenses

  • Rokinon 16mm T2.2:
    • aspherical; close focus 7/9“; standard gearing for focus and iris; de-clicked aperture ring; $529
  • Zeiss CZ.2 28-80 T2.9:
    • 95mm filter; 196mm long; full frame lens but optimised for 4K Super 35 standards; 2.5-2.8kg; $19,900
  • Samyang 14mm T3.5 Xeen Cine full frame
  • Samyang 20mm T1.9 Xeen Cine full frame
  • FZeros 25mm T 0.95 Cine with 11 blades
  • Samyang 35mm T1.5 Xeen cine full frame
  • Samyang 135mm T2.2 Cine
  • Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 135mm/T2.1
  • Veydra Mini Prime Micro 4/3 Mount Cinema Lenses:
    • $US3695 for the set: 16mm, 25mm, 35mm, and 50mm T2.2 lenses ($US2499 if kick in with kickstarter)
    • also 12mm T2.2 coming June 2015 (?$US1200 but $US699 if kick in with kickstarter)
    • 85mm T2.2 coming 2015

anastigmat lenses

  • reinvention of the 1910 Emil Busch Glaukar 3.1 Anastigmat Lens
    • the original was designed for portraiture and was a “fully corrected photographic lens, which besides solving spherical aberration, corrected coma and astigmatism … It was characterized by the homogenous transfer from sharpness to the more fuzzy areas. Very important: the chromatical aberration was extremely low for the time. ”
    • this new re-invented lens is a 97mm f/3.1 full frame lens and uses the same classic three-lens-design of the original Glaukar lens, focuses down to 1.5m, has a 37mm filter thread, weighs 410g which they expect to sell online for $US2000 but early adopters can get it for around $US799

Four Thirds lenses

  • see Four Thirds lenses - these will require an adapter and will autofocus on the newer cameras (albeit slowly unless the lens is CDAF compatible or the camera has phase detection AF such as the E-M1)

fast CDAF compatible

  • ie. designed for CD AF (“High-Speed Imager AF support”) and will have faster AF with Micro Four Thirds cameras than those which don't have this technology (those without may take 2-3 seconds to AF on stationary subjects unless you have a camera like the Olympus OM-D E-M1)
  • lens may require a firmware update for this compatibility see Olympus compatibility document (pdf)
  • some of the newer consumer lenses such as:
    • 9-18mm f/4-5.5 ED
    • 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3
    • 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 ED
    • 25mm f/2.8 pancake
    • newest 14-42mm
    • newest 40-150mm

legacy lenses

  • see legacy lenses for mirrorless cameras - these will require an adapter but generally, manual focus only and you need to manually adjust aperture on the lens, although some adapters do allow AF and electronic aperture control with modern lenses

image galleries of photos taken with Micro Four Thirds cameras

image galleries of specific lenses on Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds cameras

kit zoom lenses

  • the kit zoom lenses are great all purpose lenses for general use during daylight hours when you are not sure what you will be photographing, or you really do not want to be changing lenses much such as when on travel to strange places.
  • they are NOT so good indoors or after the sunsets - you are far better off using a wide aperture prime lens in those situations

Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm

  • if you want the smallest zoom available, this is it, only 27mm long and 95g but packs a lot of optical quality despite its size when compared to other consumer zoom lenses
  • DxOMark lens review - “a winner” - achieves scores equivalent to entry-level kit lenses mounted on APS-C-sensor cameras, easily beats the Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-30mm lens.

Panasonic Lumix 14-140mm HD OIS

  • a very good quality 10x zoom with OIS designed for HD video but reasonably heavy and long for a M43 lens

wide angle

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4

  • a much more compact and affordable lens than the Olympus Four Thirds super pro version

Olympus ZD 7-14mm f/4 Four Thirds super pro weatherproofed

Olympus m.ZD 12mm f/2.0

Pansonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 pancake

  • a lovely pancake lens offering almost 1 stop more aperture than the kit zoom lenses but not as much as the 20mm pancake
  • internal focusing with faster, less noisy AF than the 20mm pancake and just as sharp in the centre
  • some CA in the corners and like the 20mm pancake, bokeh is not that great
  • pronounced barrel distortion which as with the CA is corrected in camera by Panasonic cameras

Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 17mm f/0.95 manual focus


Olympus m.ZD 17mm f/1.8

  • nice small lens for street photography in particular
  • much better than the 17mm f/2.8 lens and with faster AF but it is bigger and more expensive
  • faster, more silent AF than the Panasonic 20mm lens

Olympus m.ZD 17mm f/2.8 pancake

  • nice small pancake lens for street photography

Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 pancake

Olympus OM 21mm f/3.5

  • a lovely manual focus lens but you would be better off with the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake

"standard" 50mm FOV lenses

Cosina Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95

Panasonic Leica-D 25mm f/1.4 M43 version

Panasonic Leica-D 25mm f/1.4 Four Thirds version

short telephoto lenses

Olympus m.ZD 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens

  • a beautiful compact affordable lens with fast, silent AF and lovely background blurring for portraiture
  • DxOMark lens tests - not as sharp in the centre as the incredibly sharp centre of the 12mm f/2.0 lens. Well controlled distortion, CA, and vignetting. A very nice lens indeed for its size and price. Not as sharp wide open as the much more expensive combination of Canon 85mm f/1.8 on a Canon 5D Mark II but sharper than the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G on a Nikon D700 at f/2.0. It has less vignetting and distortion than either of these lenses at f/1.8-2.0.

Cosina Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 in Leica mount

Olympus OM 50mm f/1.4

Olympus ZD 50mm f/2.0 macro for Four Thirds

Olympus ZD 50mm f/2.0 macro with 2x EC20 teleconverter

Lens Baby Composer

Olympus m.ZD 75mm f/1.8

  • coming in late 2012
  • silent, fast AF and promises awesome background blurring capability in a medium telephoto (150mm) field of view while the fast f/1.8 aperture allows for low ISO and fast shutter speeds, and when combined with 5EV IS of the OM-D you have a brilliant combination indeed
  • another great portait/fashion lens and will be fantastic for indoor sports and concerts
  • depth of field and background blurring becomes close to what is possible with a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L lens on a full frame dSLR which is the main lens for many professional photographers, but of course this lens is a fixed focal length and far smaller and cheaper.

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4

  • this is a personal favorite because it renders images very similar in aesthetic quality to my Canon 135mm f/2.0L lens on my Canon 1D Mark III 1.3x crop camera
  • buttery smooth bokeh, sharp, and cheap (under $400 new) but it is manual focus

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 tilt-shift lens

  • this manual focus tilt shift lens is a superb lens and makes a great close up lens on Micro Four Thirds as one can alter the plane of focus to assist with shallow depth of field, but at present one cannot adjust its aperture whilst mounted on a M43 camera - must be preset on a Canon camera.

medium telephoto lenses

Olympus ZD 50-200mm SWD Four Thirds lens

  • an awesome lens but big and heavy (but much smaller and lighter than any equivalent from Canon or Nikon)
  • the most telephoto reach you can get into most commercial sports events such as AFL football, Australian Open tennis which are restricted to 200mm lenses.

with 2x EC-20 teleconverter to give hand holdable 800mm field of view

Olympus OM 100mm f/2.8

  • this is great for low light / indoor concerts from a distance with its 200mm field of view yet f/2.8 allows hand holding while the lens is small enough to be allowed into most commercial concerts

Olympus OM 135mm f/2.8

  • this is great for low light / indoor concerts from a distance with its 270mm field of view yet f/2.8 allows hand holding while the lens is small enough to be allowed into most commercial concerts

Olympus OM 200mm f/4

super-telephoto lenses (600mm FOV)

Olympus m.ZD 75-300mm

Panasonic 100-300mm OIS

Olympus OM 300mm f/5.6

  • this is too big for Micro Four Thirds other than the OM-D series with optional grip and IS built-in

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