After more than a couple hours of fresh research for example reaching out to a panel of lens experts, we have found the best lenses with which to begin building a collection for any Micro Four Thirds camera. Whether you are looking to do portraiture, street photography, or extreme closeups, these lenses may deliver better-looking pictures than you get from the 14-42mm kit lens that came with your camera.
The absolute number of Micro Four Thirds lenses to choose from can be overwhelming. Olympus and Panasonic have generated a wide array of reasonably affordable lenses that provide very high optical quality–and expanding support from third-party lens manufacturers provides even more options. With so many options, simply knowing where to begin can be difficult. We have identified highly regarded lenses in eight classes which, between them, will pay for almost any picture opportunity.
With a field of view that virtually matches that of human eyesight, the Panasonic Lumix G 25mm F1.7 ASPH is the best beginning point for Micro Four Thirds shooters. Quick prime lenses are recommended for beginners because they don’t zoom, which forces photographers to get near the scene and think about composition. This lens is fast, has a f/1.7 aperture, and is praised because of its sharpness.
To take your photography to another level, you’ll want to start building your arsenal of lenses. We recommend the Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R as your telephoto, the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS to get a wide-angle choice, the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 for portraits, and also the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH II pancake lens. If macro is your thing, start with the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro. Or to get a kit lens upgrade, proceed with the Panasonic Lumix G 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH.
If you do not shoot using a Micro Four Thirds camera but still need to purchase some fantastic beginner lenses, have a look at our lens manuals such as Nikon, Canon, Sony E-Mount, along with Fujifilm bodies.