Micro Four Thirds is the original mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system, which promises similar flexibility and image quality to a digital SLR camera, without the size and bulk of an SLR system.
As well as being the original system to adopt this approach, Micro Four Thirds currently sports the widest selection of additional lenses, from fisheye to super-telephoto optics. A full range of the lenses available can be seen on the Micro Four Thirds lens site. the lenses listed on that site are only ones made by manufacturers who are part of the Micro Four Thirds consortium, or whatever they call it, so lenses from manufacturers like Samyang are omitted.
Anyway, here are a list of Micro Four Thirds compatible leses I’ve tested, along with a brief comment on my general impression of the lens.
Micro Four Thirds Zoom Lens Reviews
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6
A nice lightweight and cheap telephoto lens. Very sharp in the centre.
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Review
The original, collapsible version of this lens is very sharp, but slow to focus.
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 MkII Lens Review
The newer, more compact collapsible lens isn’t as sharp towards the edges, but focuses much quicker.
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ Lens Review
A weather proof kit lens with a useful zoom range and macro facility. The slow f/6.3 max aperture at 50mm is off-putting though.
- Olympus M.ZUIKO ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 Lens Review
A cheap. slow 75-300mm lens made expensive by writing “150-600mm equiv” on it. I’m not falling for it.
- Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Micro Four Thirds Zoom Lens Review
The now standard Panasonic kit lens. It’s pretty good for a kit lens too.
- Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens Review
The original kit lens has gathered some kind of reputation for being amazo-sharp. It’s only very slightly better than the current kit optic.
- Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom Lens Review
A pretty decent lens, if you need crazy-telephoto. A lot cheaper than the Olympus 75-300mm.
- Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 G X ASPH. O.I.S Micro Four Thirds Lens Review
Another standard lens from Panasonic. this one is far more compact than the others. A nice idea.
- Panasonic Lumix G Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 M43 Lens Review
A telephoto lens with power-zoom. A great idea for video, not so great for recomposing quickly though.
- Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Lumix G Vario Micro Four Thirds Lens Review
This lens isn’t crazy expensive for what it offers, an it delivers good performance too.
- Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 Mega OIS Review
Why you would buy an interchangeable lens camera, only to stick a super-zoom like this on, is beyond me. Not that the lens is a bad one, it just seems to defeat the object of having interchangeable lenses.
- Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f/2.8 Lens Review
The first f/2.8 zoom available for MFT. It’s a belter too!
- Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens Review
Not the best performing lens Pamasonic make for MFT.
Micro Four Thirds Prime Lens Reviews
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Micro Four Thirds Lens Review
A very, very nice fast wideangle. Probably not too expensive all things considered either.
- Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Zuiko Digital Micro Four Thirds Lens Review
A very good medium telephoto prime, and well priced too.
- Panasonic Lumix G 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens Review
A very good fisheye optic. It’s quite pricey though.
- Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens Review
Not a bad lens. Not sure it’s worth paying extra for the Leica name.
- Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 Lumix G Lens Review
I like this lens a lot. It’s sharp, small and inexpensive.
- Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 Lumix G Micro Four Thirds Lens Review
Panasonic’s standard pancake is the one I’d probably get if I owned a Micro Four Thirds camera.
- Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 Macro Leica D Vario-Elmar Micro Four Thirds Lens Review
A very, very nice macro lens for Micro Four Thirds. Expensive, but probably worth it.
- Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens Review
This lens represents excellent value and is very sharp.
- Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN m43 Lens Review
Another great value lens fro Sigma. Probably a more useful focal length on APS-C than MFT though.
- Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fisheye Lens Review
Cracking value, if you don’t mind manual focus and exposure.