4/3 Lenses

Started Nov 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
Entropius
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Re: 4/3 Lenses
In reply to flicker4, Nov 4, 2012

Incidentally, you should probably specify "Micro 4/3" lenses; there is a whole line of 4/3 lenses for the 4/3 SLR's which will only work on your camera with an adapter.

What you get depends on what you like to shoot, really.

Here are the Micro 4/3 lenses and their reputations:

Olympus 12/2: Very pricey, but fantastically sharp ultrawide prime.

Olympus 17/2.8: Tiny pancake. Not really worth it.

Olympus 45/1.8: Absolutely stellar portrait lens, and pretty small. If you shoot people get this one.

Olympus 60/2.8 Macro: Excellent macro lens.

Olympus 75/1.8: Expensive, but optically fantastic.

Olympus 9-18/4-5.6: Compact wideangle zoom.

Olympus 14-42/3.5-5.6, various versions: Kit lenses.

Olympus 40-150/4-5.6: Kit telephoto. Probably better than the 14-42's.

Olympus 75-300/5.8-6.7: Expensive, and you're paying for compactness. Pretty sharp though.

Olympus 14-150: Superzoom, in case you regret getting a camera with interchangeable lenses.

Panasonic 8/3.5: It's a fisheye.

Panasonic 14/2.5: tiny sharp pancake wideangle. Very sharp in middle, but problems with chromatic aberration.

Panasonic 20/1.7: tiny sharp pancake normal. Very good reputation.

Panasonic 25/1.4: Fast normal. Pricey ($500), but excellent optics.

Panasonic 45/2.8 Macro: Don't get this, the Olympus is better

Panasonic 7-14/4: Expensive, but excellent ultrawide zoom.

Panasonic 12-35/2.8: Professional-grade standard zoom. Expensive, but sharp; only problem is chromatic aberration.

Panasonic 14-42/3.5-5.6: Kit lens. Don't get the "X" one unless you want to pay more money and get something less sharp (but smaller).

Panasonic 14-45/3.5-5.6: Better kit lens.

Panasonic 35-100/2.8: Professional grade short telephoto zoom. Expensive but fairly sharp.

Panasonic 45-175/4-5.6: Not worth it from what I hear

Panasonic 45-200/4-5.6: Sort of soft at 200

Panasonic 100-300/4-5.6: Probably what you want if you want a long lens

Panasonic 14-150: Superzoom, in case you regret getting a camera with interchangeable lenses.

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