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Top 12 Best Panasonic Lenses 2018

Top 12 Best Panasonic Lenses 2018 - Here, we round up the top 12 Panasonic lenses reviewed on site to date. Read on to see which lens sits at the top of our list.

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We've taken a look at the Panasonic lenses that we've reviewed to date, crunched some numbers and have combined the results in a round-up that features the highest scoring lenses so you can make a more informed choice when making your next purchase.

Don't see your favourite lens on the list? This could be because it didn't score high enough or we've simply not put it to the test yet but do feel free to share your comments below on what Panasonic lenses you enjoy using the most. 

As well as our Panasonic recommendations, we have a top 35 list featuring the best Micro Four Thirds lenses that you may want to peruse. Plus, there are many more top lists in our 'Best Gear' section.  


1. Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH - 

Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2

The Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH is a prime lens for the Micro Four Thirds format and it sits in our number one spot thanks to the level of sharpness as well as the low levels of CA and distortion it offers. It also features an effective optical stabilisation system, Nano Surface coatings to suppress flare and a manual aperture ring to improve handling. When you combine all of this together, it's hard not to love this lens.

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2. Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 Asph OIS - 

Panasonic LUMIX 35-100mm f/2.8 angled

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. It performs well, offers excellent sharpness and low distortion. 

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3. Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S - 

Panasonic Leica 200mm F2,8 Side View With Converter

The Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S is a cracking good lens that is highly functional, with a very useful teleconverter that extends the possibilities. Yes, the price hurts, but the alternatives hurt even more. This is such a pleasure to use and the results are just as satisfying, even with the fairly modest pixel count of the Panasonic Lumix G6. A definite Editor's Choice.

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4. Panasonic Lumix 35-100mm f/4-5.6 Asph Mega OIS - 

Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 35 100mm F4 5 6 ASPH Lens (3)

The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4-5.6 is a fine lens that is priced reasonably, is compact, lightweight and offers excellent performance. Sharpness levels are good and the fact that the lens is weather-sealed puts another positive tick in its box. Focusing is fast, IS performs well and distortion levels are kept to a minimum. For a telephoto that reaches 100mm, the lens size is excellent and it would fit well in a travel backpack or out on a day trip where you don't want to be weighed down with lots of kit.  

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5. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II - 

LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II ASPH

The Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 14-42mm II has excellent sharpness throughout the zoom range and offers excellent value for money. With its compact design, lightweight, optical stabilisation and good build quality, it's a lens that impressed us so it should leave a good impression on you, too. 

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6. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph - 

Panasonic Lumix 12 32mm (5)

This is one of those times when a lens manufacturer just gets everything right. This optic is sharp, lightweight, compact, nice to use and not overly priced. Some people may find the lack of a manual focus ring is not for them, but even so, it's difficult to not be impressed by this little lens. The Panasonic G 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 collapses down to just 24mm long, making it super compact and it's perfect for shooting in tight spaces at short focal lengths. There is a minimum focusing distance of 20cm at 12-20mm making it great for macro work, too.

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7. Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. - 

Dg Summilux 12mm F1,4 Front Oblique View

Regardless of the technical results, the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. produces images that look fantastic. Some might argue that's actually what a lens is for and we need to look no further than that. When we do examine the detail, the overall standard of sharpness is very good indeed but becomes outstanding at the centre over most of the aperture range. This high standard shows up the effects of diffraction with the fairly soft results at f/16 and it is probably a wise decision not to include the option of f/22.

No lens is perfect, but we have here a very exciting prospect for MFT format users with a lens that provides a unique bright f/1.4 aperture and excels at producing superb images.

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8. Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 - 

Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH


Performance-wise, the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 lens delivers sharp, contrasty images with low CA and distortion, which should be expected of a pro-spec zoom such as this. It's weather-sealed, which is always a bonus, and the compact size means it won't take up too much space in your kit bag. Plus, the price has dropped considerably since launch which gives it even more appeal. 

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9. Panasonic Lumix G 20mm II f/1.7

Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II Pancake

The Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 is a pancake lens that is extremely compact and lightweight weighing only 100g. Build quality is good and with the same excellent image quality as the original 20mm lens, reasonable value for money and compact size, this lens is an excellent choice for Micro Four Thirds users.

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10. Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 ASPH Pros 

Lumix 100 400mm Front Oblique

Sometimes there are few choices in certain niches. This Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm lens fits its purpose very well indeed, at a price which, although high, is reasonable in its class. If we want a high-quality optic for sports, birding, wildlife, photojournalism and other long-range applications then this is it. The close focusing that brings closer subjects into range is a bonus.

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11. Panasonic LUMIX G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH - 

Lumix 25mm F1,7 Front Three Quarter View

Much of the performance of the Panasonic LUMIX G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH is exemplary, especially considering the modest cost. The only real drawback is the susceptibility to flare, which is very evident in shots taken into the light. If this can be accepted then the lens is, without a doubt, an excellent proposition. Sharpness is excellent, CA and distortion are both low and it's very well made. The close focusing capabilities of the lens are worth a mention, too, as they're very good. 

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12. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph. 

Lumix 12 60mm Front Oblique View


The Panasonic Lumix 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Power OIS lens has some remarkable properties and is incredibly versatile. The low levels of distortion and CA are truly impressive and overall central sharpness is of a high standard, starting off as outstanding.

Lenses have different applications and this Lumix seems an ideal light, compact travel lens that will deliver the goods over a wide range of subject matter.

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SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
14 Jun 2017 12:58PM
The Nocticron may be a wonderful lens, but priced at over 1,000 is way out of many pockets for "just" a prime.

The 12-60mm got a bit of a hammering when it was reviewed so I'm surprised to see it on this list, although I did buy one myself and find it excellent for my needs.

I agree the 20mm is a great lens, and one I wouldn't part with.

I'm surprised not to see the 14-140 3.5-5.6 on this list, as for the money and zoom range it is excellent quality and is the one that is permanently attached to my G5. Such a versatile lens.

I wonder what criteria was being used to judge the top lenses. Many different needs and wallets come into play.
cfreeman 13 670 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2017 1:42PM
Surprising that you listed the 25mm f1.7 and not the 25mm f1.4 which is rated a better lens with a higher spec than the 25mm f1.7
29 Jun 2017 7:36PM
Number 2 in your list is the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 Asph OIS, but the text beneath it talks about the 35-100mm f/4-5.6 Asph Mega OIS - which is number 3 in the list. The text for number 3 is different but does refer to the correct lens.

Of the cheaper primes I think many would have chosen the 42.5 f1.7 over the 25mm f1.7 and would prefer the Panasonic-Leica 25mm f1.4 at that focal length as cfreeman says. The 30mm f.8 macro is also an excellent lens and as a much cheaper alternative to the 100-400, the 2nd version of the 100-300mm f4-f5.6 is pretty good.
ChrisV Plus
11 2.1k 26 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2018 11:14AM
A lot of your recommendations do seem to be a bit 'money no object'. In the real world buyers will, to varying degrees, factor in the cost of the lens with their buying decisions. [I'd wager that's most of us].

I don't want to get boring about this - and the 200mm f2.8 is just an extreme example - but some of the more recent MfT lenses are just way overpriced for what they are. If you have a Panasonic body, absolutely need the focal length and need it with autofocus and OiS, you've little choice. But to give an example of alternatives, I have a 4/3 Oly 50-200 f2.8-3.5. OK it needs a mount adapter, it's 2/3 of a stop slower at the long end of the zoom and the AF is low even on an EM1 with phase detect.

But that's really not the point. It's a sharp lens and it's a zoom [so it would almost certainly cost more to manufacture]. You can buy that new for under a grand or pick up a decent second hand one for 500. Ditto any of the excellent 200 f2.8 primes for other formats.

I don't doubt or dispute the Panasonic is a fine lens. But at the current price I can't see how you can recommend it without huge reservation - and the same goes for quite a few other dramatically expensive MfT optics. If your guides are to be taken seriously, please factor in the cost with your recommendations - if nothing else it will cause OEMs to question their pricing strategies a little bit more.

For myself, the huge inflation of decent glass for the format from the OEMs is killing MfT - it's not in the consumer's interest and unless I'm incredibly atypical, in the longer term it isn't going to help market share for Panasonic and Olympus either.
ChrisV Plus
11 2.1k 26 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2018 1:11PM
AF slow, not low, obviously.
Kurt42 Plus
15 2.9k 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2018 4:23PM

I'm surprised not to see the 14-140 3.5-5.6 on this list, as for the money and zoom range it is excellent quality and is the one that is permanently attached to my G5. Such a versatile lens.

I wonder what criteria was being used to judge the top lenses. Many different needs and wallets come into play.

In constant use for me also.

ChrisV Plus
11 2.1k 26 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2018 10:50AM
The 14-140 is surprisingly good for the sort of lens it is. As a general purpose walk around it's hard to beat. For some it will be the only lens they ever need. It's also pretty reasonably priced.

It may not be the most exciting lens on the market, but it is one of the most useful. Strange it doesn't make it, particularly as some of the other standard lenses do.
jdldds 1
24 Jan 2018 3:44PM
Weird List. I have no idea what your criteria for "best lens" is. Are you saying the14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II, all plastic kit lens is a better lens than the 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 or the 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0? Maybe better value, but better lens?

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