Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Ten years after its launch in late 2008, the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system offers one of the most versatile lens line-ups in the industry, with more than 50 autofocus lenses and countless manual focus lenses. This page provides an overview of the autofocus lenses which are currently available.

For every lens, the following major characteristics are given:

  • Focal length.
  • Maximum aperture. It has a strong influence on the light conditions in which the lens can be used, and how shallow the depth of field can be. Fast lenses also tend to be much more expensive. Green labels indicate fast lenses (brighter than f/2), red labels indicate slow lenses (darker than f/4 for most of the focal range).
  • Filter size. It serves as a representative of the length, diameter and weight of the lens, which are important features for a system which was designed to be compact and portable. Green labels indicate small lenses (filter size up to 50 mm), red labels indicate big lenses (filter size 64 mm or more).
  • Minimum focus distance (MFD). It has a major influence on the magnification that can be achieved, as well as the depth of field.
  • Another interesting point is the price, but it is different in any market and currency. Instead, links to independent reviews are given.

The color labels should not be interpreted in a way that a lens like the Summilux 15 mm f/1.7 with two green labels is better than the Elmarit 200 mm f/2.8 with one red label. If the Elmarit had the same speed as the Summilux, the diameter of its front element would be at least 117 mm instead of 77 mm, so it is actually a rather compact lens. Color labels are therefore comparable for similar focal lengths only.

Lenses which are out of production or were replaced by updated versions are not listed.

1 Prime lenses

Lenses with a fixed focal length

1.1 Fisheye lenses

Ultra wide angle lenses with purposeful strong distortions

maketype*focal lengthmax. aperturefilter sizeMFDrvws.
mmmmm
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro Fisheye 8 1.8 n/a 0.12 CL, LT
Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8 3.5 n/a 0.10

1.2 Wide angle lenses

maketype*focal lengthmax. aperturefilter sizeMFDrvws.
mmmmm
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12 1.4 62 0.20 CL, LT, ML
Olympus M.Zuiko 12 2 46 0.20 LT, ML, OL
Panasonic Lumix G II 14 2.5 46 0.18
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15 1.7 46 0.20 CL, LT, ML
Sigma DC DN | C 16 1.4 67 0.25 LT
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 17 1.2 62 0.20 ML
Olympus M.Zuiko 17 1.8 46 0.25 LT, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 17 2.8 37 0.20 LT, OL

1.3 Standard lenses

Focal length similar to the image sensor diagonal of 21.6 mm. These lenses show the relation of foreground and background magnification more or less like the human eye.

maketype*focal lengthmax. aperturefilter sizeMFDrvws.
mmmmm
Sigma DN | A 19 2.8 46 0.20
Panasonic Lumix G II 20 1.7 46 0.20
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 25 1.2 62 0.19 LT, ML
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 1.4 46 0.30 CL, LT, ML, OL
Panasonic Lumix G 25 1.7 46 0.25 LT, ML
Olympus M.Zuiko 25 1.8 46 0.24 LT, ML, OL

1.4 Telephoto lenses

maketype*focal lengthmax. aperturefilter sizeMFDrvws.
mmmmm
Sigma DC DN | C 30 1.4 52 0.30 LT
Sigma DN | A 30 2.8 46 0.30
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 1.2 67 0.50 CL, LT, ML
Panasonic Lumix G 42.5 1.7 37 0.31 CL, LT, ML
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 45 1.2 62 0.50 LT, ML
Olympus M.Zuiko 45 1.8 37 0.50 CL, LT, MLOL
Sigma DC DN | C 56 1.4 55 0.50
Sigma DN | A 60 2.8 46 0.50 LT
Olympus M.Zuiko 75 1.8 58 0.84 LT, MLOL
Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200 2.8 77 1.15 CL, LT
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 300 4 77 1.40 LT, ML

1.5 Macro lenses

Lenses with a magnification ratio of 1 : 2 or better

maketype*focal lengthmax. aperturefilter sizeMFDrvws.
mmmmm
Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30 2.8 46 0.11 CL, LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko Macro 30 3.5 46 0.10 LT
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45 2.8 46 0.15 LT, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko Macro 60 2.8 46 0.19 LT, OL

2 Zoom lenses

Lenses with a variable focal length

2.1 Wide angle zoom lenses

maketype*focal lengthmax. aperturefilter sizeMFDrvws.
mmmmm
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 7-14 2.8 n/a 0.20 CL, LT, MLOL
Panasonic Lumix G 7-14 4 n/a 0.25 CL, OL
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18 2.8-4 67 0.23 CL, LT, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18 4-5.6 52 0.25 OL
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25 1.7 77 tbd

2.2 Standard zoom lenses

Zoom range from moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto

maketype*focal lengthmax. aperturefilter sizeMFDrvws.
mmmmm
Panasonic Lumix G 12-32 3.5-5.6 37 0.20 OL
Panasonic Lumix G X II 12-35 2.8 58 0.25
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 12-40 2.8 62 0.20 LT, ML
Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50 3.5-6.3 52 0.20 LT, OL
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60 2.8-4 62 0.20 ML, OL
Panasonic Lumix G 12-60 3.5-5.6 58 0.20 LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 12-100 4 72 0.15 LT, MLOL
Olympus M.Zuiko II R 14-42 3.5-5.6 37 0.25 OL
Panasonic Lumix G II 14-42 3.5-5.6 46 0.20 OL

2.3 Superzoom lenses

Like standard zooms, but with at least a 10x zoom range

maketype*focal lengthmax. aperturefilter sizeMFDrvws.
mmmmm
Panasonic Lumix G 14-140 3.5-5.6 58 0.30 ML
Olympus M.Zuiko II 14-150 4-5.6 58 0.50 ML
Tamron Di III 14-150 3.5-5.8 52 0.50

2.4 Telephoto zoom lenses

maketype*focal lengthmax. aperturefilter sizeMFDrvws.
mmmmm
Panasonic Lumix G X II 35-100 2.8 58 0.85
Panasonic Lumix G 35-100 4-5.6 46 0.90
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 40-150 2.8 72 0.70 CLLT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko R 40-150 4-5.6 58 0.90 OL
Panasonic Lumix G 45-150 4-5.6 52 0.90 OL
Panasonic Lumix G X 45-175 4-5.6 46 0.90 OL
Panasonic Lumix G II 45-200 4-5.6 52 1.00
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200 2.8-4 67 0.75 CL, LT
Olympus M.Zuiko II 75-300 4.8-6.7 58 0.90
Panasonic Lumix G II 100-300 4-5.6 67 1.50
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 4-6.3 72 1.30 CL, LT, ML

*Additional markings such as ASPH, DC, Digital, ED, EZ, IS, Mega OIS and Power OIS are omitted.

References

The linked in-depth reviews are by CameraLabs (CL), LensTip (LT), MirrorLessons (ML) and OpticalLimits (OL). LT and OL focus on laboratory testing, CL and ML on real world photography.