Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Looking for the best micro four thirds lenses for your MFT mirrorless cameras that will let you edit photos professionally? I’ve gathered top 13 best micro 4/3 lenses for any budget and photography genre.

What Is the Best Micro Four Thirds Lens?

best micro four thirds lenses

If you don’t like bulky full-frame cameras, I suggest MFT cameras as an alternative, because in combination with the best micro four thirds lenses from my list they will produce amazing photographs. They are optimal for amateurs, travelers, and street photographers.

Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses in 2019:

1. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 best micro four thirds

 
 

Price: about $650

 
Pros+
  • Cheap
  • Quick transition between manual and auto focusing
  • High sharpness
  • Soft blur
  • Silent AF mechanism
Cons-
  • Haven’t been found
 
 

When I first took this lens into my hands, it felt like a toy because of how incredibly small it is. The optical filter’s diameter is only 46mm while its overall size (mount included) is 56mm, which is only slightly bigger than a matchbox.

This is truly impressive given the f/2 aperture. Moreover, the developers didn’t need to compromise on photo quality for such compactness. This lens offers a highly sharp picture, especially with a semi-closed aperture. Geometrical distortions and chromatic aberrations are kept to a minimum.


2. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 best micro four thirds

 
 

Price: about $250

 
Pros+
  • Compact and very lightweight
  • Universal focal length
  • High lens speed
  • Low levels of chromatic aberration
Cons-
  • Possible glares when taking photos in backlight
 
 

Thanks to its focal length, this model is suitable for nearly all photography types. Paired with the camera’s stabilization system, you can take handheld pictures even in the darkness. Besides, this lens offers remarkable sharpness even with an open aperture.

If there aren’t any contrast glares in the frame, then this Olympus lens creates a soft and appealing bokeh. It can produce a peculiar pattern only when there’s a huge difference in brightness. However, that effect can be used to add an artistic feel to each photograph, which isn’t offered by other Micro 4/3 lenses.


3. Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 II

Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 ii best micro four thirds lens

 
 

Price: about $1000

 
Pros+
  • Small size
  • Dustproof and water resistant
  • Fast, precise and noiseless AF
Cons-
  • OIS at high shutter speeds worsens image quality
  • High price
 
 

The lens looks very expensive and reliable upon the first touch. It’s sturdy and weighty. The lenses, shifting from 35 mm to 100 mm, move inside the barrel, so the case is fully static. The autofocus deserves special praise, bringing this model among the best MFT lenses with instant focus setting regardless of the distance.

I haven’t noticed false adjusting or fluctuation when I made selfies at arm's length or did infinite focusing. In poor light, the AF also has a fast and correct reaction.


4. Olympus 17mm f/1.8

Olympus 17mm f/1.8 best micro four thirds lens

 
 

Price: about $350

 
Pros+
  • Metal case
  • Fast autofocus
  • High lens speed
  • Low chromatic aberration
  • Neutral blur
Cons-
  • Vignetting at open aperture
  • Poor edge sharpness at f/1.8-f/2.8
 
 

Great option for those who’s looking for a reliable, sturdy lens that has a focal length matching 35mm and a moderate wide angle. This is my favorite model among M.Zuiko lenses that I constantly use for travel photographs.

Being compact and lightweight, it is a great companion for traveling photographers. I appreciated how it captures landscapes thanks to high sharpness throughout the frame at a closed aperture. With at an open aperture at a short distance, it blurs the background well, visually highlighting the object of your shot.


5. Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6

Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 best micro four thirds lens

 
 

Price: about $100

 
Pros+
  • Small size and weight
  • Quick autofocus
  • High sharpness while increasing aperture per step
  • No chromatic aberration
Cons-
  • Plastic case
  • Minor soft-effect at a wide aperture
 
 

Among all best m43 lenses, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 will be the cheapest one. It produces slightly smoothed results at an open aperture but they become quite sharp when set one step up.

The AF speed is stunning. For situations when you can’t approach the object, this model is irreplaceable. I love shooting various urban scenes with it. Like any telephoto lens, it “shrinks the space”, as if squeezing the volume out of the image.


6. Olympus 45mm f/1.8

Olympus 45 mm f/1.8 best micro four thirds lens

 
 

Price: about $250

 
Pros+
  • Universal focal length
  • Quick and quiet focusing
  • Works well with backlight
  • Soft, appealing background bokeh
  • Short focusing distance
Cons-
  • Chromatic aberrations at the open aperture
 
 

Among Olympus micro 4/3 lenses, this model is a must-have for Sony camera owners. The price is still low and the quality you get is nice. It’s sharp at wide apertures, has low-level chromatic aberrations that are simply corrected in aperture settings, and works great with backlighting.

The main thing I like about this micro four thirds lens is the incredibly soft and pleasing bokeh. It suits portrait and wedding photographs. The focal distance is rather universal. The pocket-sized and light Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 is very easy to transport.


7. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro best micro four thirds

 
 

Price: about $600

 
Pros+
  • Affordable
  • Low weight
  • Dust and water resistant
  • Macro shooting
Cons-
  • Chromatic aberration when shooting at a wide aperture
  • Bokeh is not always soft
 
 

This model is the best choice for macro photography. In combination with Olympus OM-D E-M10 cameras, it creates just the perfect system for macro photography. A relatively small matrix allows not to close the aperture much and zoom scale is really very large.

The camera’s stabilizer allows working with longer exposures, the lens itself provides the highest sharpness at a wide aperture. Separately, I want to note fast and precise focusing where the distance range manually limited.


8. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 best micro four thirds

 
 

Price: about $750

 
Pros+
  • Metal body
  • Perfect sharpness at a wide aperture
  • Soft and smooth blur
  • Small minimum focusing distance
Cons-
  • Relatively large size
  • Chromatic aberrations
 
 

The bokeh it makes looks magical on portraits. The shots are also of high contrast. The chromatic aberrations are low, though they are a common high-aperture optics flaw.


9. Panasonic 25mm f/1.7

Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 best micro four thirds

 
 

Price: about $500

 
Pros+
  • Flare reduction
  • High overall sharpness
Cons-
  • Long minimum focus distance
 
 

What it makes in dim light and golden hour is just incredible. You can use it for architecture, landscape and portrait photography. It is convenient to take anywhere considering how compact it is. Even being among the best micro four third lenses, it still has flaws, mainly the absence of stabilization that forces you to use it quickly, or with the help of a gimbal or a tripod.


10. Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN A Art

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN A Art best micro four thirds

 
 

Price: about $186

 
Pros+
  • Very cheap
  • Small and lightweight
Cons-
  • Lacks built-in image stabilization
  • Too loud when focusing
 
 

If you grip it tightly, you can receive a minimal amount of camera shake. You can even eliminate it completely if you have a retractable monopod attached. This lens has a rather fast aperture that allows taking photos at lower ISO even in the darkness.

It’s also quite lightweight and small. This model is capable of recording very sharp video footage beginning at f/2.7. When set to F/4, the received results offer such high sharpness that I never have to adjust the value throughout the day.


11. Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS

Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS best micro four thirds

 
 

Price: about $310

 
Pros+
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Highly-detailed
  • Sturdy construction
  • Affordable price
Cons-
  • No camera data transfer due to lack of wiring
  • Manual aperture controls
 
 

It isn’t supplied with electronic wiring, so it can’t transfer data to your camera. It offers high image quality with minimal chromatic aberrations. The max f/1.2 aperture gives you much freedom to experiment with the depth of field. This model is suitable for street, documentary, landscape and portrait photography.


12. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro best micro four thirds

 
 

Price: about $1000

 
Pros+
  • Best lens speed among fisheye lenses
  • Small and lightweight
  • Highly-detailed image quality
  • Accurate and silent AF
Cons-
  • High price
  • Can’t instantly switch to manual focusing
 
 

It’s the fastest fisheye lens I’ve ever had. It’s quite compact and lightweight, which makes it look nice on any Micro 4/3 system camera. Chromatic aberrations are almost invisible while the edges of the frame are almost as sharp as the center.

If you’re interested in sport or architecture photography or are looking for new gear to unleash your creative potential, Olympus Fisheye Pro can become an excellent choice and provide you with original and eye-catching pictures.


13. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 ii best micro four thirds

 
 

Price: about $450

 
Pros+
  • Small size for this focal length
  • Nice sharpness even with an open aperture
  • Visually-appealing background blur
Cons-
  • Susceptible to glares in backlight
 
 

The ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II is among the best Micro Four Thirds lenses if you like taking long-distance photos. I can confidently say that this lens can handle any subject including animals, birds, sportsmen, travel photographs and landscapes.

I like the large focal range of 75-30mm, which is equiv. to 150-600mm full frame. This is especially impressive considering the modest size and weight. I have no complaints regarding the focusing speed. The lens focuses quickly and accurately allowing you to capture the moment with frame-by-frame focusing when shooting moving subjects.


Top 13 Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses

IMAGE Name Features  
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 LensOUR CHOICE
  • Cheap
  • Soft blur
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye ProPROFESSIONAL
  • Lightweight
  • Silent AF
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 LensVERSATILE
  • Compact
  • High lens speed
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Olympus 17mm f/1.8 Olympus 17mm f/1.8FOR BEGINNERS
  • User-friendly
  • Metal case
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Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6BUDGET
  • High sharpness
  • Cheap
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Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 LensCOMPACT
  • Flare reduction
  • Lightweight
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Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 II Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 II
  • Water resistant
  • Noiseless AF
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Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Olympus 45mm f/1.8
  • For backlight
  • Good bokeh
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
  • For macro
  • Low weight
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8
  • Metal body
  • Smooth blur
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Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN A Art Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN A Art
  • Cheap
  • Lightweight
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Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS
  • Highly-detailed
  • Universal
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II
  • Small
  • For any genre
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How to Choose the Best Micro Four Thirds Lens?

There are different types of lenses (such as aspheric, polarized, MFT lenses, etc.), which differ by functionality. Read more to know what specs matter for good micro four thirds lenses?

Sensor Size

best micro four thirds lenses

The depth of field is determined by the sensor size: the larger the sensor, the smaller depth of field you can achieve. This means that a lens with an f/1.8 aperture can have different depth of field values depending on if it’s a Micro Four Thirds, APS-C or full-frame image sensor.

Camera Compatibility

best micro four thirds lenses

If you’re shooting with a Panasonic model, you’ll make better use of that brand’s optics. Olympus cameras have integrated image stabilization, while their lenses lack it. Meanwhile, Panasonic builds image stabilization into the lenses and not cameras. That’s why if you have a Panasonic camera but pair it with Olympus lenses, you won’t have image stabilization of any kind.

Crop Factor

best micro four thirds lenses

The crop factor of a lens influences its effective focal length. For APS-C sensors, it stands at 1.5x, while cameras compatible with Micro Four Third lenses have a 2x crop factor. This means that if you have a 25mm lens attached to a Micro Four Thirds sensor, it will show you the same field of view as a 50mm lens on a full-frame camera or 35mm on a film camera. 100mm is equivalent to 200mm.


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