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Top 41 Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses 2019

We've reviewed, scored and now round-up the 41 best lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras, we think, you can purchase right now.

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Micro Four Thirds

The Micro Four Thirds system is an open system that anyone can join, and therefore there are cameras and lenses from a large range of companies, all sharing the same lens mount. For example, you can use Olympus Micro Four Thirds (sometimes shortened to MFT or M43) lenses on Panasonic Lumix G cameras, and vice versa. You'll also find Micro Four Thirds lenses made by Sigma, Samyang, Voigtlander, Leica and many others. In fact, there are now so many M43 lenses, we've picked out the best 41 scoring lenses we've reviewed, to date, so you can make a more informed choice when spending your money. 

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

Panasonic Lumix GX7 Leica DG Nocticron 42 5mm F1 2 Asph (1)

Optically, this lens is currently amongst the best performers available for the Micro Four Thirds format due to its delivery of high sharpness, with low CA and distortion. As well as these plus points, the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. also features an optical stabilisation system, Nano Surface coatings to suppress flare and a manual aperture ring. It may cost a fair few pennies, but it will be money well spent, especially as the price isn't obnoxious in any way.

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2. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  

Olympus M Zuiko 40 150mm PRO Lens (4)

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO combines great build quality with excellent performance and those two factors alone make it a winner in our eyes. However, when this is combined with the unique zoom range it offers along with the fast f/2.8 aperture, it scores a few more points. Image quality is excellent, the lens handles well and it's not badly priced either. 

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3. Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN C 

Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN | C

 

The Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN C offers fantastic performance, superb sharpness in particular, and a reasonable price tag. All round, a very satisfactory and desirable lens. A slight downside is the fiddly nature of some of the mirrorless cameras, with many functions tucked away in menus as opposed to dedicated switches and dials. This is not the fault of the lens though, which handles totally smoothly.

But in terms of a fast, short telephoto that is unobtrusive, works efficiently and delivers superb results the Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN C is absolutely an Editor's Choice.

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4. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN C 

Sigma 30mm F1 4 Micro Four Thirds (3)

When the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN C lens was put to the test, we were pleasantly surprised to find that under the unassuming exterior was a superb compact lens that really delivers the goods. Even without considering the price, which is a bit of a bargain, the lens is an absolute gem. Sharpness is of a very high order, CA (Chromatic Aberration) is very much under control and flare is not a problem either.

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

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

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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6. Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH  

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH

 

Panasonic has produced here a telephoto zoom that is exceptionally easy to handle, produces excellent results and is priced realistically against the competition. Compared to full frame marques, it is priced very competitively when we consider what job the lens does.

Not only that, but the compact, light construction mirrors the size of the MFT cameras and follows the ethos of the MFT system. It is easy to see the attraction of lighter, smaller cameras and lenses, especially when the quality is still extremely high.

So, on various levels, a lovely lens and an Editor's Choice.

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7. Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. Macro  

Panasonic Lumix G 30mm Macro F2 8 Lens (2)

The Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 ASPH Macro lens offers a reasonable price, excellent sharpness across the frame from maximum aperture, useful optical stabilisation and life-size magnification at its closest focusing distance, you can't really ask for more. The compact size and light weight will also help make this lens one that will win over many admirers.

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8. Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 APSH. OIS 

Panasonic Lumix 35 100mm F2.8 Lens Side

Panasonic's 35-100mm f/2.8 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. Picture sharpness is excellent and chromatic aberrations are kept under control well throughout the zoom range. Distortion is well controlled and we didn't experience any issues with flare when shooting with the Panasonic Lumix G Vario X 35-100mm f/2.8.

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

Olympus 60mm Macro (9)

Combining a compact, lightweight design with great optical performance, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens is positioned at a great price point. Micro Four Thirds camera owners interested in macro photography should definitely add this lens to their wish list. In fact, even if you have no interest in macro photography, the quality this lens delivers and its price makes it a good option for portraiture fans on a relative budget also.

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10. Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH 

Panasonic Leica 45mm Lens Image New

This lens is a very good buy for Micro Four Thirds camera owners who are looking for a dedicated macro lens. It's lightweight, compact, sharpness is excellent from maximum aperture and optical stabilisation works well. Plus, as the price has dropped, the Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH is even better value for money. 

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11. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 Asph Mega O.I.S. 

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

Those looking for a compact telephoto lens should certainly add the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 Asph Mega O.I.S. to their list of considerations as it ticks plenty of boxes. Optically it performs better than it's reasonable price tag suggests it should and it's compact enough to be barely noticeable in a camera bag when travelling. Sharpness levels are excellent and chromatic aberrations are pretty well controlled throughout most of the zoom range. Falloff of illumination towards the corners is fairly typical for a lens of this type and the petal-shaped hood does an excellent job of shielding the lens from extraneous light that may cause issues with flare.

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12. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO 

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO

 

There is no doubt that the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.2 is a superb lens and one that would be a pleasure to own. The factors that come with that really more concern the cost, which is fairly high, and the applications that a photographer might have in mind. A 90mm-equivalent lens is a very useful optic for portraits, landscapes, short-range sports and architectural details. With perfect drawing, the architectural uses are probably as relevant as the potential for portraits.

It will be an easy decision for those with the cash ready or those who have commercial use.

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13. Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO 

Olympus M Zuiko 12 40mm F2 8 PRO (3)

With a robust, dust- and splashproof construction, this lens is ready for all eventualities. As well as its strong build, the lens also offers outstanding sharpness through much of the zoom range at maximum aperture, chromatic aberrations are well controlled throughout most of the zoom range and distortion is well corrected in camera. A petal-shaped hood is supplied with this lens but even without the hood, the Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO is very resistant to flare. 

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14. Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 ED Premium 

Olympus M Zuiko 25mm F1 8 Lens (9)

The image quality of the Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 ED offers is excellent, with sharpness being particularly good in the centre of the frame from maximum aperture. It's well built, lightweight and reasonably compact so it's not that noticeable when carrying it around in a camera bag but some may consider the price a sticking point for what is, essentially, a 50mm f/1.8 equivalent. Chromatic aberrations are well controlled as too is falloff of illumination, distortion and flare. 

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15. Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. 

Panasonic 42 5mm F1 7 H HS043 (4)

There's little to find fault with this lens as sharpness is outstanding from maximum aperture. Falloff, distortion and fringing are all also well controlled and Panasonic camera owners will appreciate the optical stabilisation it offers. Build quality is excellent and the Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. is also lightweight which is always a plus point. 

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16. Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN A 

Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN

Whether this lens is fitted to A Sony NEX, or Micro Four Thirds camera, the telephoto focal length and fast f/2.8 maximum aperture make this optic a perfectly good lens for portraiture for not a lot of money. Sigma hasn't skimped on build or optical quality and it is capable of delivering pin-sharp results from maximum aperture. Build quality of the Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN A lens is very good so when you combine this with its excellent performance, it's a worthwhile investment. 

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17. Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f/2.8 

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm (7)

The Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f/2.8 is a weather-sealed professional spec zoom lens that delivers sharp, contrasty images that have low CA and distortion. Focusing is fast and the optical image stabiliser allows sharp hand held images to be taken at shutters speeds as low as 1/10sec at 35mm, which is roughly three stops slower than the usual rule of thumb would allow otherwise.

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18. Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II 

Panasonic Lumix 14 42mm II Lens (2)

For a kit lens, the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 - 5.6 II actually performs really well. There's excellent sharpness in the centre throughout the zoom range and optical image stabilisation allows sharp shots to be taken just over half the time at 1/10sec at 42mm, which is roughly three stops slower than the usual rule of thumb would dictate. Those with existing Panasonic optics may also find the compact size and manual zoom control appealing. 

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19. Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN A Art 

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN

This compact lens should make an ideal addition to any Micro Four Thirds or Sony NEX camera kit. The Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN A Art M43 is lightweight, compact and offers excellent optical performance. Couple this with fast focus speeds and good build quality and you're on to a winner. 

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20. Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN A Art 

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN

The lightweight, fast autofocus and excellent build should win the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN A lens many fans, especially with the price being so competitive. The lens is capable of producing excellent images, even at maximum aperture, and overall, it's a really excellent lens to add to your kit bag.

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