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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Here's a round-up of the highest-ranking Olympus Micro Four Thirds lenses reviewed by ePHOTOzine to date for you to peruse and make more informed choices before parting with your cash.

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Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses

There is now a wide range of lenses available for Olympus Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mirrorless cameras so to help Olympus camera owners choose a new lens, we've put together a top list that features Olympus MFT lenses ePHOTOzine's reviewed. You'll also find details on their features and what they're good for so you can pick a lens that's perfect for the subject you're going to be photographing. You can, also, find plenty of third-party MFT lenses for Olympus cameras but this list will be focusing specifically on Olympus lenses. 

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M. Zuiko 8-25mm F/4.0 Pro
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Olympus M. Zuiko 8-25mm F/4.0 Pro

The 8-25mm f/4 has a frield of view that equates to a 35mm-format of 16-50mm which is, of course, extremely useful given its general-purpose range. An f/2.8 lens might be the norm but trimming the maximum aperture to f/4 holds the promise of a more compact optic.

This is a versatile lens indeed, performing well, nice and compact and at a reasonable price, making it a strong contender as a go-to travel companion. The close focusing is also a bonus. CA will be well-controlled, there's very low distortion, modest vignetting and the AF system performs well. 

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 IS
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 IS

Olympus has produced a long-range zoom with a limited aperture that is relatively light and compact. A 100-400mm lens with a "35mm equivalent" field of view of 200-800mm has to be an attractive proposition for wildlife and sports photographers, especially when it is as compact as this lens is. Overall, it's a superb lens that's easy to use and performs excellently. The IS system works well, extending the usefulness of the lens as the light levels fall and the price is also excellent. 

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4.0 PRO
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm f/4.0 PRO

The standard zoom has much merit, saving us changing lenses constantly and offering a versatile set of focal lengths. The focal length is a vital aspect and here the usefulness of have that ultra-wide 12mm (24mm-equivalent) cannot be underestimated. The 45mm long end (90mm equivalent) is an ideal portrait-length, although of course, being MFT format, we might wish for a much wider aperture to obtain the best out-of-focus background effects. The very close focusing is an added bonus.

Depth of field is an issue, but as well as a disadvantage for perhaps portraiture, equally well this could be an advantage for other types of photography. Perhaps close sports, groups of people, landscape and travel, in general, will benefit from more extended zones of focus.

The quality is there if we choose our apertures, and is definitely there in terms of distortion, flare and CA. The lens is very suitable for architectural shots, again perhaps coming under the umbrella of being a travel lens.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Here we have a huge range in a compact form in the Olympus 12-200mm, giving a "35mm-format equivalent" of 24-400mm and it's a dream to use. The concept of the all-in-one travel zoom is great, with a long reach and really close focus all built-in. There will be many travellers who will take to this lens and produce very memorable images. It isn't perfect technically, but mega-zooms by their nature are pushing the boundaries and we have to accept that there is some trade-off between quality and convenience. It is also true that many lenses from all the marques may not fare strongly at MTF50 standards, but still have plenty of merit in producing bright, punchy images. The concentration with this lens is weighted towards better performance at wider focal lengths and at the centre of the image field, but the extra reach available will still be appreciated in many situations.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M. Zuiko Premium 30mm f/3.5 Macro ED
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Olympus M. Zuiko Premium 30mm f/3.5 Macro ED

An uncommon but useful focal length, excellent performance and very close focusing all make the 30mm f/3.5 Macro ED lens an interesting option. It is compact, and efficient, although lacking in some features that can be useful on a dedicated macro, such as the focusing and depth of field scales. We are also missing weather sealing. Nonetheless, if a compact, inexpensive lens is required then the performance will not disappoint.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO
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Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO

This 25mm f/1.2 lens for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) cameras is equivalent to a 50mm f/1.2 "standard" lens in 35mm-format terms. The standard lens was for many years the lens of choice when buying a new camera, in more recent times largely replaced by the "kit zoom". However, a growing awareness that prime lenses are light, bright and potentially of better quality than inexpensive zooms gives rise to their current popularity as a subsequent purchase.

The Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO is a lovely lens with beautiful bokeh and an ultra-bright f/1.2 aperture. It's a very fine lens with excellent sharpness that borders on outstanding, low CA, no flare and a very pleasing bokeh. Add to that the low light potential and we have a very attractive proposition indeed.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO

Olympus are renowned for high-quality lenses and this 300mm f/4 optic is aimed at the very top of the range in terms of both quality and also being a rather long Micro-Four-Thirds design. The cost of the lens is reasonable and add to that its compact size, relatively lightweight and excellent ergonomics, you have a lens that's rather desirable. Quality is superb and the fact that close focusing brings other subjects into range is an added bonus. 

All in all, a lot of thought and skill has gone into this lens and it is certain to find favour amongst Olympus MFT sports and wildlife photographers.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO

This ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system cameras provides an angle of view equivalent to a 14-28mm lens used on a 35mm format camera and sports a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range. The lens is also dust and splashproof.

During testing this lens proved itself worthy, by delivering images with outstanding sharpness, whilst handling well and sporting a robust dust and moisture resistant construction. The lens may be a little prone to flare, but given the extreme angle of view on offer and the compact size of the lens, this flaw may be something many will be able to forgive, or even forget.

 

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO
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Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO

This diagonal fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds system cameras offers a very wide field of view of 180 degrees, with the barrel distortion effect you'd normally expect from a fisheye lens.

By producing a diagonal fisheye lens with a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, Olympus has created something unique. Not only will the fast aperture allow for shooting in low light conditions with the expansive field of view you'd expect of a fisheye, but it also delivers outstanding sharpness and robust build in a compact package.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO

This telephoto zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system cameras provides an angle of view equivalent to an 80-300mm lens used on a 35mm format camera and sports a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range. The lens is also moisture and dust resistant and is available for around £1300.

The combination of great build quality and performance alone is enough to recommend this lens. The fact that it offers a unique zoom range, whilst maintaining a fast f/2.8 throughout is even better. It's capable of delivering excellent image quality too and is even fairly reasonably priced. For the most part, it handles well too, thanks to its robust build and relative lightweight and compact size, although it's worth noting that it still may be a little large for use with the smallest Micro Four Thirds bodies.

 

 

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 ED
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Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 ED

This lens is certainly capable of producing excellent quality images, with sharpness being excellent in the centre of the frame from maximum aperture. It's well built, lightweight and reasonably compact. The price of this lens may limit its appeal a little, even though it's not really an expensive lens.

Overall, the Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 produces excellent quality images in a compact, lightweight and well-built lens.

 

 

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6

Superzoom lenses are not usually known for delivering excellent quality images, and are instead, normally considered a bit of a compromise. This 14-150mm lens from Olympus bucks that trend, delivering excellent sharpness in the centre of the frame throughout the zoom range. This is achieved in a lightweight, compact design that doesn't compromise on convenience either.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO
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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO

Those looking for a professional specified standard lens for their Micro Four Thirds camera are now spoilt for choice but this particular lens delivers outstanding sharpness through much of the zoom range at maximum aperture and sports a robust, dust and splashproof build, all while remaining compact and lightweight. The excellent performance of this lens will certainly win it many fans, that's for sure.

 

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6

Those looking for a compact ultra-wide-angle lens for a Micro Four Thirds system camera can't go far wrong with this lens. It does have some weaknesses, but so long as you are aware of these this lens is more than capable of delivering very good quality results.

It's a great-value ultra-wide MFT lens with a collapsible, lightweight design that makes it perfect for taking on your travels.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.8
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.8

Even though this lens may carry a premium price, and a premium place in Olympus' lens line-up, this optic certainly deserves it. A lens that delivers sharpness like this should definitely find a home in many a Micro-Four-Thirds camera owner's kit bag. In fact, those looking for a moderately wide-angle lens wide a fast maximum aperture need to look no further.

Overall, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.8 is a very very sharp lens with an excellent, compact and lightweight build.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8

Micro Four Thirds system camera owners who are already looking at this lens probably don't need any more convincing of its worth, but those who hadn't yet considered it may be interested to see just how well this optic performs. It's incredibly sharp well built and, overall, a real pleasure to use.

The price is actually quite good value when such high optical performance is delivered. It can certainly give more expensive optics a run for their money.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8
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Olympus Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8

The low price may be a little misleading at first glance, as this lens is a very capable optic. It focuses quickly and is capable of producing outstanding levels of sharpness. The lightweight and good build quality are also assets. Those looking for a fast aperture prime lens for portraits, photography in low light, or for greater control over depth of field will not be disappointed.

Overall, the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Zuiko lens offers excellent performance at a superb price.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0

With the 12mm f/2.0, you get a premium build and excellent optical quality. The wide aperture is very useful for taking images in low light conditions and this dinky metal lens makes a perfect companion for street photography due to its compact size and excellent performance at fast apertures.

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Best Olympus Micro Four Thirds Lenses: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8

This lens provides a great combination of great optical performance, lightweight, compact design and value for money. Micro Four Thirds camera owners interested in macro photography should add this lens to their wish list. In fact, even if you have no interest in macro photography, the quality this lens delivers, at such a great price point will make it a good option for portraiture on a relative budget also.

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