There is now a wide range of lenses available for Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, such as the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, so to help Olympus camera owners choose a new lens, we’ve put together a top 16 which features MFT lenses ePHOTOzine’s reviewed. You’ll also find a few words 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.
1. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
The combination of great build quality and performance alone are 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 and is even fairly reasonably priced. For the most part, it handles well, too, thanks to its robust build and relatively light weight 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. On the whole, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens is an excellent addition to the Micro Four Thirds lineup, that will win over many fans.
2. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
This lens provides a great combination of excellent 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 low price point will make a good option for portraiture on a relative budget also.
Overall, the Olympus ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro delivers extremely good optical performance with a compact and lightweight build quality.
3. Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
Those looking for a professional specified standard lens for their Micro Four Thirds camera are now spoilt for choice with offerings from Panasonic, and this lens from Olympus. The Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens delivers outstanding sharpness through much of the zoom range at maximum aperture and sports a robust, dust and splash proof build, all while remaining compact and lightweight. The excellent performance of this lens will certainly win it many fans, that’s for sure.
4. 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. 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 a commercial use. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.2 is a beautiful, bright, short telephoto lens with outstanding performance.
5. Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 ED Premium Lens
The Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 ED Premium 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. However, the price of this lens may limit its appeal a little, even though it’s not really an expensive lens, £300 just seems like a fair chunk of money for a lens equivalent to a 50mm f/1.8. Having said that, it is a compact, lightweight and well-built lens that delivers excellent images so it is well-worth considering.
6. Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Zuiko Digital Lens
The low price of the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Zuiko Digital Lens 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.
7. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens
Although this lens comes at a premium price point, you do get premium build and premium 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.
Overall, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 is a premium optic that delivers image quality to match.
8. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.8 Lens
Even though this lens may carry a premium price and a premium place in Olympus’ lens line-up, this optic certainly deserves it. For a lens that delivers sharpness like this, the asking price makes it excellent value and it should find a home in many a Micro Four Thirds camera owner’s kit bag as a result.
Those looking for a moderately wide angle lens wide a fast maximum aperture need look no further than the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.8 Lens.
9. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 Lens
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 impressed by just how well this optic performs. It’s very sharp, well built and a pleasure to use.
The price is actually quite good value, especially when such high optical performance is delivered. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f/1.8 can certainly give the Zeiss’ and Leica’s a run for their money.
10. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO
Given the ‘Pro’ moniker assigned to this lens, expectations of its build and performance should be high. During testing, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO 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.
11. Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO Lens
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens is more than just a bright maximum aperture. It is a very fine lens in its own right 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.
Overall, the Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO is a lovely lens with beautiful bokeh and ultra-bright f/1.2 aperture.
12. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Lens
The Olympus 300mm f/4 offers superb shooting quality in a body that’s lightweight, compact and offers excellent ergonomics. Plus, the cost of the lens does seem to be very reasonable, too.
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. The fact that close focusing brings other subjects into range is an added bonus.
13. Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO
By producing a diagonal fisheye lens with a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, Olympus has created something special. 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. It’s lightweight, focuses fast and the added bonus of a dust-, splash- and freezeproof body make it even better.
14. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5/6 lens represents excellent value for money. The levels of sharpness it can deliver throughout the zoom range are excellent, especially in the centre of the image area, and this, coupled with the low levels of CA and distortion, make it an excellent choice for anyone looking to expand the zoom range of their Micro Four Thirds camera into telephoto.
15. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Lens
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.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Lens is very good value for money and the collapsible, lightweight design means that it is perfect for taking on your travels.
16. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 Lens
Superzoom lenses are not usually known for delivering excellent quality images, and are instead, normally considered a bit of a compromise. However, 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.