If you are the owner of a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera and want to expand your lens collection without breaking the bank, then these top MFT lenses may be just what you’re looking for.
All of the lenses listed can be purchased for under £300 and even though they’re classed as ‘budget lenses’, this doesn’t mean the image quality is any less impressive.
You’ll find Micro Four Thirds lenses made by Panasonic, Olympus, Sigma, Samyang, Voigtlander, Leica and many others so there’s a wide variety of lens manufacturers listed below along with a variety of focal lengths so you can make an informed decision before you part with your cash.
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If you have a little more money to spend, take a look at our ‘best lenses for MFT cameras’ top list.
1. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN C
Perhaps now we should describe the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, as its unassuming exterior houses a superb compact lens that really delivers the goods. Even without considering the price, the lens is an absolute gem. The modest price tag is a wonderful bonus, too!
Overall, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 offers a bright maximum aperture and a superb performance in a compact and well-priced package.
2. Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH.
Who could ask for more than a reasonably priced lens that delivers excellent sharpness across the frame from maximum aperture, useful optical stabilisation and life-size magnification at its closest focusing distance? Of course, the compact size and light weight also help to make this lens one that will win over many admirers. The Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 delivers excellent sharpness in a compact and well-built lens.
3. Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 Asph Mega O.I.S.
On the whole, it’s difficult to fault this little lens from Panasonic. Optically it performs better than its £300 price tag would have you expect while being compact enough to be barely noticeable in a camera bag when travelling. Those looking for a compact telephoto lens should certainly add this lens to their list of considerations.
4. Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 ED Premium
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.
5. Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH.
As far as the performance of this lens is concerned, there is little to find fault with. Sharpness is outstanding from maximum aperture, falloff, distortion and fringing are all well controlled too. Overall, the Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH gives outstanding sharpness with built-in optical image stabilisation.
6. Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN A
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.
Even though this lens is reasonably inexpensive, Sigma hasn’t skimped on build or optical quality. It is capable of delivering pin-sharp results from maximum aperture and it is built well enough to be a worthy investment for many years to come.
7. Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN A Art M43
This compact lens should make an ideal addition to any Micro Four Thirds or Sony NEX camera kit. Its lightweight, compact size and excellent optical performance are complemented by fast autofocus speeds and good build quality.
8. Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN A Art
During testing, this lens proved itself capable of producing excellent results, even at maximum aperture. The lightweight, fast autofocus and excellent build should win this lens many fans, especially with the price being so competitive.
9. Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS MFT
Overall, this is an excellent optic that produces images with excellent sharpness, low distortion and low CA. Also, what makes this lens especially interesting is the reasonable price.
10. Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fisheye
Being priced so low, this diagonal fisheye from Samyang for Micro Four Thirds system cameras represents excellent value for money. It produces sharp images and has excellent build quality.
11. Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Zuiko Digital Micro Four Thirds
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.
12. Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II Lumix G Micro Four Thirds Lens
The Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II with a redesigned styling and metal parts and this gives a very slight improvement in resistance to flare, as well as a slight improvement in contrast. The redesign has very slightly improved the position of the surrounding plastic closest to the lens, which results in a very slight improvement in shielding light from hitting the lens at oblique angles.
The improved build quality should make the lens last longer, although unfortunately there has not been an improvement in focus speeds with both the old and new lens giving the same focus speeds in our testing. With the same excellent image quality, reasonable value for money, and compact size, this new model should be just as popular as the original and is an excellent choice for Micro Four Thirds users. The new colour options also better match the new cameras from Panasonic and Olympus.
Lenses Which Scored Under 4.5 Stars But Still Worth Considering:
13. Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH
Much of the performance of this lens 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 doubt, an excellent proposition.
14. Olympus 9mm f/8 Fisheye Body Cap
Olympus’ tactic of playing down the optical performance of this lens need not be necessary. Even though this lens is little more than a body cap with some glass in it, it is still capable of delivering decent quality images. Those who fancy experimenting with the fisheye look but don’t relish the thought of forking out proper fisheye money, this lens is ideal.
Overall, this lens is fun to use, thanks to its compact size and fuss-free operation.
15. SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1
KamLan has a simple, ambitiously specified lens for a very low price. It is well made, performs well and, within the limitations of manual focus and lagging edge quality, it is still a lens that delivers something very useful. The bright f/1.1 aperture is one thing and the gorgeous bokeh is another. The lens is not technically perfect, but it does have excellent photographic, creative qualities that could be used to advantage.