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.
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.
Price: about $650
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.
Price: about $250
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.
Price: about $1000
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.
Price: about $350
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.
Price: about $100
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.
Price: about $250
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.
Price: about $600
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.
Price: about $750
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.
Price: about $500
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.
Price: about $186
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.
Price: about $310
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.
Price: about $1000
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.
Price: about $450
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.
|Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 LensOUR CHOICE||CHECK PRICE|
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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?
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.
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.
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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