The Micro Four Thirds system is an open system that anyone can join, and therefore there are cameras and lenses from a large range of companies, all sharing the same lens mount.
For example, you can use Olympus Micro Four Thirds (sometimes shortened to MFT or M43) lenses on Panasonic Lumix G cameras, and vice versa.
In fact, there are now so many M43 lenses, we’ve picked out the best 5 scoring lenses we’ve reviewed, to date, so you can make a more informed choice when spending your money.
We’ve reviewed, scored and now round-up the 5 best lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras, we think, you can purchase right now.
1. Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S
The Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S is a cracking good lens that is highly functional, with a very useful teleconverter that extends the possibilities.
Yes, the price hurts, but the alternatives hurt even more.
This is such a pleasure to use and the results are just as satisfying, even with the fairly modest pixel count of the Panasonic Lumix G6. A definite Editor’s Choice.
2. Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH
Panasonic has produced here a telephoto zoom that is exceptionally easy to handle, produces excellent results and is priced realistically against the competition.
Compared to full frame marques, it is priced very competitively when we consider what job the lens does.
Not only that, but the compact, light construction mirrors the size of the MFT cameras and follows the ethos of the MFT system.
It is easy to see the attraction of lighter, smaller cameras and lenses, especially when the quality is still extremely high.
So, on various levels, a lovely lens and an Editor’s Choice.
3. Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. Macro
The Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 ASPH Macro lens offers a reasonable price, excellent sharpness across the frame from maximum aperture, useful optical stabilisation and life-size magnification at its closest focusing distance, you can’t really ask for more.
The compact size and light weight will also help make this lens one that will win over many admirers.
4. Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 APSH. OIS
Panasonic’s 35-100mm f/2.8 is a fine lens that is priced reasonably, especially when compared to lenses covering the same angles of view for 35mm format, with the added bonus of being much more compact, and lightweight.
Picture sharpness is excellent and chromatic aberrations are kept under control well throughout the zoom range. Distortion is well controlled and we didn’t experience any issues with flare when shooting with the Panasonic Lumix G Vario X 35-100mm f/2.8.
5. Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH
This lens is a very good buy for Micro Four Thirds camera owners who are looking for a dedicated macro lens.
It’s lightweight, compact, sharpness is excellent from maximum aperture and optical stabilisation works well. Plus, as the price has dropped, the Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH is even better value for money.