Best Micro Four Thirds (MFT) Lenses for Olympus and Lumix G Cameras

In August 2008, Olympus and Panasonic released the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) standard for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In more than 10 years, it has grown into one of the most versatile systems in the industry. Current camera models from Olympus include the compact PEN E-PL10, the entry-level OM-D E-M10 IV, the enthusiast OM-D E-M5 III, and the professional OM-D E-M1 III and E-M1X. Models from Panasonic include the compact Lumix GX9, the enthusiast Lumix G90/G95,  the professional Lumix G9, and the video-centric Lumix GH5 and GH5S. There are also models from other manufacturers such as the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K .

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.

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 (> 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 which are not necessary to identify a lens are omitted.

*Manual focus lens with digital coupling between lens and camera.

**Manual focus lens without digital coupling between lens and camera.

1 Prime lenses

Lenses with a fixed focal length.

1.1 Fisheye lenses

Ultra wide angle lenses with characteristic distortions.

Lens Focal length Max aper­ture Filter size 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
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro Fisheye 8 mm 1.8 n/a 0.12 m CL, LT
Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8 mm 3.5 n/a 0.10 m

1.2 Wide angle lenses

Lens Focal length Max aper­ture Filter size MFD Reviews
Laowa MFT** 7.5 mm 2 46 mm 0.12 m LT, ML, OL
Laowa Zero-D** 9 mm 2.8 49 mm 0.12 m
Laowa Zero-D MFT* 10 mm 2 46 mm 0.12 m OL
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 CL, LT, ML
Olympus M.Zuiko 12 mm 2 46 mm 0.20 m LT, ML, OL
Panasonic Lumix G II 14 mm 2.5 46 mm 0.18 m
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15 mm 1.7 46 mm 0.20 m CL, LT, ML
Sigma DC DN | Contem­porary 16 mm 1.4 67 mm 0.25 m LT
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 17 mm 1.2 62 mm 0.20 m LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 17 mm 1.8 46 mm 0.25 m LT, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 17 mm 2.8 37 mm 0.20 m LT, OL
Voigt­länder Nokton** 17.5 mm 0.95 58 mm 0.15 m LT, ML
Sigma DN | Art 19 mm 2.8 46 mm 0.20 m

1.3 Standard lenses

Lenses with a focal length similar to the image sensor diagonal of 22 mm. Images created with these lenses look most natural.

Lens Focal length Max aper­ture Filter size MFD Reviews
Panasonic Lumix G II 20 mm 1.7 46 mm 0.20 m
Voigt­länder Nokton II** 25 mm 0.95 52 mm 0.17 m (LT), (ML), (OL)
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 25 mm 1.2 62 mm 0.19 m LT, ML
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux II 25 mm 1.4 46 mm 0.30 m (CL), (LT), (ML), (OL)
Panasonic Lumix G 25 mm 1.7 46 mm 0.25 m LT, ML
Yongnuo YN M 25 mm 1.7 52 mm 0.20 m
Olympus M.Zuiko 25 mm 1.8 46 mm 0.24 m LT, ML, OL
Voigt­länder Super Nokton** 29 mm 0.80 62 mm 0.37 m

1.4 Telephoto lenses

Lens Focal length Max aper­ture Filter size MFD Reviews
Sigma DC DN | Contem­porary 30 mm 1.4 52 mm 0.30 m LT
Sigma DN | Art 30 mm 2.8 46 mm 0.30 m
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 CL, LT, ML
Panasonic Lumix G 42.5 mm 1.7 37 mm 0.31 m CL, LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 45 mm 1.2 62 mm 0.50 m LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 45 mm 1.8 37 mm 0.50 m CL, LT, MLOL
Sigma DC DN | Contem­porary 56 mm 1.4 55 mm 0.50 m
Voigt­länder Nokton** 60 mm 0.95 77 mm 0.34 m
Sigma DN | Art 60 mm 2.8 46 mm 0.50 m LT
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 Pro 300 mm 4 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 magnification of typically 1 : 1 or more.

Lens Focal length Max aper­ture Filter size MFD Reviews
Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30 mm 2.8 46 mm 0.11 m CL, LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko Macro 30 mm 3.5 46 mm 0.10 m LT
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45 mm 2.8 46 mm 0.15 m LT, OL
Laowa MFT Macro* 50 mm 2.8 49 mm 0.135 m OL
Olympus M.Zuiko Macro 60 mm 2.8 46 mm 0.19 m LT, OL

2 Zoom lenses

Lenses with a variable focal length.

2.1 Wide angle zoom lenses

Lens Focal length Max aper­ture Filter size MFD Reviews
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 7-14 mm 2.8 n/a 0.20 m CL, LT, MLOL
Panasonic Lumix G 7-14 mm 4 n/a 0.25 m CL, OL
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18 mm 2.8-4 67 mm 0.23 m CL, LT, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 8-25 mm 4 tbd tbd
Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18 mm 4-5.6 52 mm 0.25 m OL
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 Focal length Max aper­ture Filter size MFD Reviews
Panasonic Lumix G 12-32 mm 3.5-5.6 37 mm 0.20 m OL
Panasonic Lumix G X II 12-35 mm 2.8 58 mm 0.25 m (LT), (ML), (OL)
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 12-40 mm 2.8 62 mm 0.20 m LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 12-45 mm 4 58 mm 0.12-0.23 m LT
Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50 mm 3.5-6.3 52 mm 0.20 m LT, OL
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60 mm 2.8-4 62 mm 0.20 m ML, OL
Panasonic Lumix G 12-60 mm 3.5-5.6 58 mm 0.20 m LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko II R 14-42 mm 3.5-5.6 37 mm 0.25 m OL
Panasonic Lumix G II 14-42 mm 3.5-5.6 46 mm 0.20 m OL

2.3 Superzoom lenses

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

Lens Focal length Max aper­ture Filter size MFD Reviews
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 12-100 mm 4 72 mm 0.15 m LT, MLOL
Olympus M.Zuiko 12-200 mm 3.5-6.3 72 mm 0.22-0.70 m
Panasonic Lumix G II 14-140 mm 3.5-5.6 58 mm 0.30 m (ML)
Olympus M.Zuiko II 14-150 mm 4-5.6 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 Focal length Max aper­ture Filter size MFD Reviews
Panasonic Lumix G X II 35-100 mm 2.8 58 mm 0.85 m (LT), (ML), (OL)
Panasonic Lumix G 35-100 mm 4-5.6 46 mm 0.90 m
Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 40-150 mm 2.8 72 mm 0.70 m CLLT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko R 40-150 mm 4-5.6 58 mm 0.90 m OL
Panasonic Lumix G 45-150 mm 4-5.6 52 mm 0.90 m OL
Panasonic Lumix G X 45-175 mm 4-5.6 46 mm 0.90 m OL
Panasonic Lumix G II 45-200 mm 4-5.6 52 mm 1.00 m
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200 mm 2.8-4 67 mm 0.75 m CL, LT, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko II 75-300 mm 4.8-6.7 58 mm 0.90 m
Panasonic Lumix G II 100-300 mm 4-5.6 67 mm 1.50 m
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 mm 4-6.3 72 mm 1.30 m CL, LT, ML, OL
Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400 mm 5-6.3 72 mm 1.30 m ML
Olympus M.Zuiko TC1.25x Pro 150-400 mm 4.5 95 mm 1.30 m ML

3 Teleconverters

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

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

References

The linked reviews are by CameraLabs (CL), LensTip (LT), MirrorLessons (ML) and OpticalLimits (OL, formerly known as Photozone). LT and OL focus on laboratory testing, CL and ML on real world photography. Links in brackets refer to tests of earlier models.