Best Micro Four Thirds (MFT) Lenses for Panasonic Lumix, Olympus and OM Cameras

In August 2008, Olympus and Panasonic released the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system as the first standard for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. It has since grown into one of the most versatile systems in the industry. Current camera models include the mid-range OM System OM-5 and Panasonic Lumix G90/G91/G95, the photo-centric Lumix G9 II, the action-oriented OM System OM-1 II and the video-centric Lumix GH6,  as well as a number of very compact models. Furthermore, there are some specialized models from other manufacturers such as the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus and the Chronos 4K12 for high-speed videos with up to 1400 fps.

This page provides an overview of the extensive catalog of MFT lenses. These are mostly autofocus lenses, but selected manual focus lenses may also be included. Discontinued lenses are listed separately.

For every lens, the following major characteristics are given:

  • Focal length.
  • Maximum aperture. It has a strong influence on the lighting conditions under which the lens can be used, and how shallow the depth of field can be. Fast lenses also tend to be much bigger, heavier, and more expensive. Green labels indicate fast lenses (> f/2), red labels indicate slow lenses (< f/4).
  • 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 compact lenses (filter size < 60 mm), red labels indicate big lenses (> 70 mm).
  • Minimum focus distance (MFD). It has a major influence on the magnification that can be achieved, as well as the depth of field.
  • Another important point is of course the price, but it is different in every market and currency. Instead, links to independent reviews are given which will help you to find the best lens for your needs.

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 Vario-Elmar 100-400 mm f/4-6.3 with two red labels. If the Vario-Elmar had the same speed as the Summilux, the diameter of its front element would be at least 235 mm instead of 72 mm, so it is actually a rather compact lens. Color labels are therefore comparable for similar focal lengths only.

Note that additional designations such as ASPH, Aspherical, DC, Digital, ED, EZ, IS, Mega OIS, MSC and Power OIS that are not necessary to identify a lens are omitted. Manual focus lenses are marked by an asterisk (*), purely mechanical lenses with no digital coupling to the camera are marked by a double asterisk (**).

1 Prime lenses

Lenses with a fixed focal length.

1.1 Fisheye lenses

Ultra wide angle lenses with characteristic distortions.

Lens Filter MFD Reviews
**Laowa MFT Circular Fisheye 4 mm 2.8 n/a 0.08 m OL
**Samyang UMC Fish-Eye MFT 7.5 mm 3.5 n/a 0.09 m PZ
Olympus M.Zuiko 8 mm 1.8 Fisheye PRO n/a 0.12 m AP, CL, LT
Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8 mm 3.5 n/a 0.10 m

1.2 Wide angle lenses

Lens Filter MFD Reviews
*Laowa Zero-D MFT 6 mm 2 58 mm 0.09 m LT, OL
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9 mm 1.7 55 mm 0.095 m AP, DP, LT
**Voigt­länder Nokton 10.5 mm 0.95 72 mm 0.17 m LT, ML
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12 mm 1.4 62 mm 0.20 m AP, CL, LT, ML
Olympus M.Zuiko 12 mm 2 46 mm 0.20 m LT, ML, PZ
Panasonic Lumix G 14 mm 2.5 II 46 mm 0.18 m
DJI MFT 15 mm 1.7 46 mm 0.20 m
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15 mm 1.7 46 mm 0.20 m CL, LT, ML
Sigma Contem­porary 16 mm 1.4 DC DN 67 mm 0.25 m LT
Olympus M.Zuiko 17 mm 1.2 PRO 62 mm 0.20 m LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 17 mm 1.8 46 mm 0.25 m LT, OL
**Voigt­länder Nokton 17.5 mm 0.95 58 mm 0.15 m LT, ML

1.3 Standard lenses

Lenses with a focal length around the image sensor diagonal of 22 mm, delivering very natural looking images.

Lens Filter MFD Reviews
OM System M.Zuiko 20 mm 1.4 PRO 58 mm 0.25 m AP, LT
Panasonic Lumix G 20 mm 1.7 II 46 mm 0.20 m AP, OL
**Voigt­länder Nokton 25 mm 0.95 II 52 mm 0.17 m
Olympus M.Zuiko 25 mm 1.2 PRO 62 mm 0.19 m AP, LT, ML
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 mm 1.4 II 46 mm 0.30 m
Panasonic Lumix G 25 mm 1.7 46 mm 0.25 m AP, DP, LT, ML
Yongnuo YN 25 mm 1.7 M 52 mm 0.20 m
Olympus M.Zuiko 25 mm 1.8 46 mm 0.24 m LT, ML, OL

1.4 Telephoto lenses

Lens Filter MFD Reviews
**Voigt­länder Super Nokton 29 mm 0.8 62 mm 0.37 m
Sigma Contem­porary 30 mm 1.4 DC DN 52 mm 0.30 m DP, LT
**Voigt­länder Nokton 42.5 mm 0.95 58 mm 0.23 m LT, ML
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 mm 1.2 67 mm 0.50 m AP, CL, LT, ML
Panasonic Lumix G 42.5 mm 1.7 37 mm 0.31 m CL, LT, ML, OL
Yongnuo YN 42.5 mm 1.7 M II 52 mm 0.30 m
Olympus M.Zuiko 45 mm 1.2 PRO 62 mm 0.50 m LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 45 mm 1.8 37 mm 0.50 m CL, LT, ML, PZ
Sigma Contem­porary 56 mm 1.4 DC DN 55 mm 0.50 m LT
**Voigt­länder Nokton 60 mm 0.95 77 mm 0.34 m
Olympus M.Zuiko 75 mm 1.8 58 mm 0.84 m LT, MLOL
Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200 mm 2.8 77 mm 1.15 m CL, LT
Olympus M.Zuiko 300 mm 4 PRO 77 mm 1.40 m LT, ML
*Tokina Reflex 300 mm 6.3 55 mm 0.80 m

1.5 Macro lenses

Lenses with a small minimum focus distance and a high magnification.

Lens Filter MFD Reviews
Panasonic Lumix G 30 mm 2.8 Macro 46 mm 0.11 m CL, LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 30 mm 3.5 Macro 46 mm 0.10 m LT
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45 mm 2.8 46 mm 0.15 m LT, PZ
*Laowa MFT 50 mm 2.8 Macro 49 mm 0.135 m PZ
Olympus M.Zuiko 60 mm 2.8 Macro 46 mm 0.19 m LT, OL
OM System M.Zuiko 90 mm 3.5 Macro PRO 62 mm 0.22 m AP, LT

2 Zoom lenses

Lenses with a variable focal length.

2.1 Wide angle zoom lenses

Lens Filter MFD Reviews
Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14 mm 2.8 PRO n/a 0.20 m AP, CL, LT, MLOL
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14 mm 4 n/a 0.25 m CL, PZ
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18 mm 2.8-4 67 mm 0.23 m CL, LT, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25 mm 4 PRO 72 mm 0.23 m AP, CL, DP, LT
OM System M.Zuiko 9-18 mm 4-5.6 II 52 mm 0.25 m
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25 mm 1.7 77 mm 0.28 m CL, LT

2.2 Standard zoom lenses

Zoom range from moderate wide angle to short telephoto.

Lens Filter MFD Reviews
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32 mm 3.5-5.6 37 mm 0.20 m OL
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-35 mm 2.8 58 mm 0.15 m
Yongnuo YN 12-35 mm 2.8-4 M 67 mm 0.11 m
OM System M.Zuiko 12-40 mm 2.8 PRO II 62 mm 0.20 m
Olympus M.Zuiko 12-45 mm 4 PRO 58 mm 0.12-0.23 m AP, LT, OL
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60 mm 2.8-4 62 mm 0.20 m ML, OL
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60 mm 3.5-5.6 58 mm 0.20 m AP, LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42 mm 3.5-5.6 II R 37 mm 0.25 m PZ
Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42 mm 3.5-5.6 EZ 37 mm 0.20 m PZ
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 14-42 mm 3.5-5.6 PZ 37 mm 0.20 m LT, PZ

2.3 Superzoom lenses

Like standard zooms, but with an approximately 10x zoom range.

Lens Filter MFD Reviews
Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100 mm 4 PRO 72 mm 0.15 m AP, DP, LT, MLOL
Olympus M.Zuiko 12-200 mm 3.5-6.3 72 mm 0.22-0.70 m AP
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140 mm 3.5-5.6 II 58 mm 0.30 m
Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150 mm 4-5.6 II 58 mm 0.50 m ML
Tamron Di III 14-150 mm 3.5-5.8 52 mm 0.50 m

2.4 Telephoto zoom lenses

Lens Filter MFD Reviews
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50 mm 1.7 77 mm 0.28-0.31 m DP
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 35-100 mm 2.8 58 mm 0.85 m
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100 mm 4-5.6 46 mm 0.90 m
Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150 mm 2.8 PRO 72 mm 0.70 m CLLT, ML, OL
OM System M.Zuiko 40-150 mm 4 PRO 62 mm 0.70 m AP
Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150 mm 4-5.6 R 58 mm 0.90 m PZ
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150 mm 4-5.6 52 mm 0.90 m PZ
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 45-175 mm 4-5.6 PZ 46 mm 0.90 m PZ
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200 mm 2.8-4 67 mm 0.75 m CL, LT, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 75-300 mm 4.8-6.7 II 58 mm 0.90 m
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300 mm 4-5.6 II 67 mm 1.50 m
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 mm 4-6.3 II 72 mm 1.30 m
Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400 mm 5-6.3 72 mm 1.30 m AP, ML
Olympus M.Zuiko TC1.25x 150-400 mm 4.5 PRO 95 mm 1.30 m AP, ML
OM System M.Zuiko 150-600 mm 5-6.3 95 mm 0.56 m

3 Teleconverters

Teleconverters extend the focal length of matching macro and telephoto lenses by a certain factor.

Lens Filter MFD Reviews
Olympus M.Zuiko MC-14 1.4x n/a n/a
Olympus M.Zuiko MC-20 2x n/a n/a
Panasonic Lumix TC14 1.4x n/a n/a
Panasonic Lumix TC20 2x n/a n/a

References

The linked reviews are by Amateur Photographer (AP), CameraLabs (CL), DPReview (DP), LensTip (LT), MirrorLessons (ML), OpticalLimits (OL) and PhotoZone (PZ). LT, OL and PZ focus on laboratory testing, the others on real world photography.