Micro 4/3 Lens List

Lens chart

Panasonic unveiled the micro 4/3 format in September, 2008. Since then, there have been a steady stream of new lenses released for the format. As of February 2014, there are currently more than 45 different lens models available that are designed for micro 4/3 cameras, and more are steadily being added.

Below is a listing of all native micro 4/3 lenses currently released or announced. It follows the format used by J. Andrzej Wrotniak’s invaluable 4/3 lens list. Generally speaking, any micro 4/3 lens will be fully functional on any micro 4/3 body. There are a few caveats though:

  1. Manual lenses: Samyang, SLR Magic, Tokina and Voigtlander lenses do not have any electronics and so do not communicate with the camera. As a result, they don’t support autofocus, the aperture must be set on the lens, and the camera will not record any information about the lens in the EXIF tags.
  2. Software correction: All Olympus and Panasonic m4/3 lenses are automatically corrected for distortion on all micro 4/3 camera bodies. Lateral chromatic aberration (CA) is automatically corrected with Panasonic lenses on Panasonic bodies, and with Olympus lenses on models released after mid-2013 (the E-M1 and E-M10 so far). Other combinations do not correct such CA.
  3. Optical Image Stabilization (OIS): Many Panasonic lenses feature OIS. Panasonic cameras and Olympus cameras announced after June 2012 (E-PL5 and newer) support OIS on all those lenses. Older Olympus bodies (E-M5 and older) support OIS only lenses with a physical switch for the OIS. Lenses without that switch are labeled in the table below.
  4. In-body Image Stabilization (IBIS): All Olympus cameras and Panasonic’s GX7 camera include IBIS. IBIS can be used with any lens. However, OIS and IBIS should not both be enabled at the same time.
  5. Minimum aperture: the minimum aperture on micro 4/3 and 4/3 lenses is f/22, except where noted below.
  6. 4/3 lenses: these are not native lenses but can be used on micro 4/3 cameras with an adapter and have varying degrees of functionality. See the 4/3 addendum below.

The list is divided autofocus and manual focus lenses, and between prime and zoom lenses. It is ordered by focal length. Prices shown are current US prices available from B&H. Focal length (FL) is the actual focal length, so to compare with lenses on 35mm cameras, multiply by 2 (a 20mm lens on a micro 4/3 body provides the same angle-of-view as a 40mm lens on a 35mm film camera). Magnification (Mag) is with respect to the micro 4/3 sensor (size is generally 17.3×13.0mm), so to compare with 35mm cameras, it too should be multiplied by 2. Lens size is given in terms of diameter x length. Lens colors are indicated as B(lack), S(ilver) and G(rey).

Currently available lenses are labeled blue. Lenses that have been discontinued are in red. Lenses that have been announced (or pre-announced) but are not yet available are in yellow.

Autofocus Micro 4/3 lenses

Primes Brand

FL (mm)

Max
aperture

MFD (m)

Mag Filter (mm) Weight (g)

Size DxL (mm)

Color

Release Date

Price Notes
Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8 3.5 0.1 0.2 No 165 61×52 B 6/2010 $640 Fisheye, Rear filters
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 12 2.0 0.2 0.08 46 130 56×43 B/S 6/2011 $800 Black version is ‘limited’ edition
Schneider Super Angulon 14 2.0             Early 2014    
Panasonic Lumix G 14 2.5 0.18 0.1 46 55 56×21 B 9/2010 $325  
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15 1.7           B Early 2014   Aperture ring
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 17 1.8 0.25 0.08 46 120 58×36 B/S 12/2012 $500  
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 17 2.8 0.2 0.11 37 70 57×22 B/S 6/2009 $300  
Sigma Sigma EX DN 19 2.8 0.2 0.14 46 140 61×46 B/S 3/2012    
Sigma Sigma DN Art 19 2.8 0.2 0.14 46 140 61×46 B/S 3/2013 $200 Functionally identical to the EX version
Panasonic Lumix G 20 1.7 0.2 0.13 46 100 63×26 B 9/2009 $385 min. aperture of f/16
Panasonic Lumix G II 20 1.7 0.2 0.13 46 85 63×26 B/S 8/2013 $420 min. aperture of f/16, functionally identical to the non-II version
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25 1.4 0.3 0.11 46 200 63×55 B 6/2011 $530 min. aperture of f/16
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 25 1.8 0.25 0.12 46 140 58×42 B/S 3/2014 $400  
Schneider Xenon 30 1.4             Early 2014    
Sigma Sigma EX DN 30 2.8 0.3 0.12 46 130 61×39 B/S 2/2012    
Sigma Sigma DN Art 30 2.8 0.3 0.12 46 130 61×39 B/S 2/2013 $200 Functionally identical to the EX version
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5 1.2 0.5 0.10 67 425 74×77 B Q1, 2014 $1600 OIS, min. aperture of f/16
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 45 1.8 0.5 0.11 37 115 56×46 B/S 9/2011 $400  
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45 2.8 0.15 1.0 46 225 63×63 B 9/2009 $720 1:1 macro, OIS
Schneider Makro-Symmar 60 2.4 1.0           Early 2014   1:1 macro

Sigma

Sigma DN Art 60 2.8 0.5 0.14 46 190 61×56 B/S 5/2013 $240  
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 60 2.8 0.19 1.0 46 185 56×82 B 9/2012 $400 1:1 macro, weather-sealed
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 75 1.8 0.84 0.1 58 305 64×69 B/S

7/2012

$900  
Zooms Brand

FL (mm)

Max aperture

MFD (m)

Mag Filter (mm) Weight (g)

Size DxL (mm)

Color

Release Date

Price Notes
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14 4.0 0.25 0.08 No 300 70×83 B 3/2009 $970 No filters
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 9-18 4.0-5.6 0.25 0.1 52 155 57×50 B 5/2010 $700 Collapsing
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32 3.5-5.6 0.2 0.13 37 70 56×24 B/S 11/2013 $350 Collapsing, OIS (no switch)
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35 2.8 0.25 0.17 58 305 68×74 B 6/2012 $1105 OIS, weather-sealed
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 12-40 2.8 0.2 0.3 62 380 70×84 B 10/2013 $1000 Weather-sealed
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 12-50 3.5-6.3 0.35 0.36 52 210 57×83 B/S 12/2011 $500 Power-zoom, internal zoom, weather-sealed
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 14-42 3.5-5.6 0.25 0.24 40.5 150 62×44 B/S 6/2009   Collapsing, discontinued
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital II 14-42 3.5-5.6 0.25 0.19 37 115 57×50 B/S 11/2010   Collapsing, discontinued
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital II R 14-42 3.5-5.6 0.25 0.19 37 115 57×50 B/S 6/2011 $300 Collapsing, functionally identical to the II version
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital EZ 14-42 3.5-5.6 0.2 0.23 37 95 61×23 B/S 2/2014 $350 Power zoom
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42 3.5-5.6 0.3 0.13 52 165 61×64 B 3/2010 $170 OIS (no switch)
Panasonic Lumix G Vario II 14-42 3.5-5.6 0.2 0.17 46 110 56×49 B/G Q1, 2013   OIS (no switch)
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42 3.5-5.6 0.2 0.17 37 95 61×27 B/G 8/2011 $350 OIS (no switch), power-zoom
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45 3.5-5.6 0.3 0.17 52 195 60×60 B 9/2008 $300 OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140 3.5-5.6 0.3 0.25 58 265 67×75 B/S 8/2013 $700 OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140 4.0-5.8 0.5 0.2 62 460 70×84 B 3/2009 $500 OIS
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 14-150 4.0-5.6 0.5 0.24 58 280 64×84 B 6/2010 $600  
Tamron Di III 14-150 3.5-5.8 0.5 0.26 52 280 63×85 B/S 2014   VC (OIS)
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100 2.8 0.85 0.10 58 360 67×100 B 10/2012 $1275 OIS, internal zoom, weather-sealed
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100 4-5.6           B 2014   OIS, internal zoom
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 40-150 2.8           B 2014   Internal zoom, weather-sealed, includes tripod collar
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 40-150 4.0-5.6 0.9 0.16 58 190 64×83 B/S 8/2010   Discontinued
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital R 40-150 4.0-5.6 0.9 0.16 58 190 64×83 B/S 6/2011 $200 Functionally identical to the non-R version
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 45-150 4.0-5.6 0.9 0.17 52 200g 62×73 B/G 10/2012 $250 OIS (no switch)
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175 4.0-5.6 0.9 0.2 46 210 62×90 B/G 8/2011 $360 OIS (no switch), power-zoom, internal zoom
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200 4.0-5.6 1.0 0.19 52 380 70×100 B 9/2008 $270 OIS
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital 75-300 4.8-6.7 0.9 0.18 58 430 70×116 B/S 8/2010   Discontinued
Olympus m.Zuiko Digital II 75-300 4.8-6.7 0.9 0.18 58 430 70×116 B 3/2013 $550 Functionally identical to the non-II version
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300 4.0-5.6 1.5 0.21 67 520 74×126 B 9/2010 $495 OIS

Manual Focus Micro 4/3 Lenses

As mentioned above, there are a number of manual focus lenses available for micro 4/3. These lenses have no electronics and so all operations (focusing, setting the aperture) must be performed manually. Note that Samyang lenses may also be branded as Bower, Rokinon and Wallimex. While the labeling is different, the optics are the same.

Primes Brand

FL (mm)

Max
aperture

MFD (m)

Mag Filter (mm) Weight (g)

Size DxL (mm)

Color

Release Date

Price Notes
Samyang UMC 7.5 3.5 0.1   No 145 64×51 B/S 9/2011 $250 Fisheye
Olympus Body Cap Lens 9 8.0 0.2 0.05 No 30 56×12 B 2/2014 $100 No filter, fixed aperture
Samyang NCS CS 10 2.8 0.24   No     B/S 2/2014   Fisheye
SLR Magic Hyperprime 12 1.6 0.15   58 330 60×73 B 11/2011 $500 Min. aperture of f/11, limited availability
Samyang UMC 14 2.8 0.28   No 570 87×121 B 12/2013 $360  
Olympus Body Cap Lens 15 8.0 0.3 0.06 No 20 56×9 B/S 10/2012 $50 No filter, fixed aperture
Samyang UMC CS 16 2.0 0.2   77 610 86×114 B 8/2013 $400  
SLR Magic Hyperprime 17 1.6 0.15 0.17 52 340 56×79 B 12/2013   Min. aperture of f/16
Voigtlander Nokton 17.5 0.95 0.15 0.25 58 540 63×80 B 3/2012 $1150 Min. aperture of f/16
SLR Magic CINE 23 1.7           B 2/2013 $400  
Voigtlander Nokton 25 0.95 0.17 0.26 52 410 58×70 B 10/2010 $1000 Min aperture of f/16
SLR Magic Hyperprime 25 0.95           B 2/2013 $650  
Jackar Snapshooter 34 1.8 0.3   37 145 48×53 S 11/2012 $175 Min. aperture of f/16, includes hood
Mitakon AMC 35 0.95 0.3 0.26 58 680 64×82 S 11/2012 $800 Min aperture of f/16
SLR Magic Hyperprime 35 0.95           B 2/2013 $1250  
SLR Magic CINE 35 1.4 0.3   52 370 ?x70 B 12/2012 $280 Min aperture of f/16
Voigtlander Nokton 42.5 0.95 0,17   52 410 58×70 B 9/2013 $1000 Min. aperture of f/16
SLR Magic Noktor Hyperprime 50 0.95 0.6   62 480 53×74 B 7/2011 $1000 Converted C-mount lens, min. aperture of f/16
Samyang UMC 85 1.4 1.0   72 565 78×100 B 12/2013 $300  
Samyang UMC CS 300 6.3 0.9 0.5 55 320 65×74 B/S 9/2013 $280 Mirror lens, fixed aperture
Tokina Reflex 300 6.3 0.9 0.5 55 300 55×66 S 5/2012 $200 Mirror lens, fixed aperture

 

Lens Accessories

  1. Conversion lenses: Olympus and Panasonic both offer a set of screw-in conversion lenses that can be used to conver their kit lenses for fisheye, macro and wide-angle capabilities. Panasonic also makes a tele-converter conversion lens.
  2. Extension tubes: Kenko-Tokina has announced a set of 10mm and 16mm extension tubes for close-up photography. The set is available for ~$200.

Specialty Lenses

In addition to the lenses above which are intended for general-purpose photography, there are a number of lenses available in micro 4/3 mount that are designed for specific uses or effects. These include:

  1. Holga lenses: modeled after the Holga – the original ‘low-fidelity’ camera – these very inexpensive plastic lenses feature vignetting, blur and other distortions for a distinctive effect. Each lens includes a set of filters and converters.
  2. Lensbaby tilt lenses: the Lensbaby Composer and similar models allow for selective blurring of portions of the image by tilting the focal plane of the lens. They feature a variety of different optics, some plastic, others glass.
  3. Panasonic 12.5mm 3D lens: the Lumix G 12.5mm f/12 lens creates images that are recorded in a special 3D format. It provides a 65mm equivalent angle-of-view.
  4. SLR Magic toy lenses: recently announced by SLR Magic, these lenses provide are intended to provide special artistic effects including fisheye, pinhole and selective focus.
  5. Yasuhara super-macro: the Yasuhara Nanoha is provides microscope-like optics, allowing extreme close-up photograph, with up to 5x magnification of the subject. (similar to Canon’s MPE-65). It includes a built-in illumination system.
  6. Zeiss cinema lenses: Carl Zeiss’s Compact Prime line is a series of fast prime lenses designed specifically with professional video capture in mind. Features include precise manual focus mechanisms, rugged build and interchangeable mounts. They are priced accordingly.

4/3 lens addendum

The 4/3 system is the ancestor of micro 4/3 and as such Panasonic and Olympus have made some provision for using 4/3 (non micro) lenses on micro 4/3 cameras. This requires an adapter but unlike other adapted lenses, 4/3 lenses do support autofocus, aperture control from the body and other standard functions on m4/3 cameras. As there are a number of high quality 4/3 lenses without current micro 4/3 alternatives, they can be an attractive option. Optics are generally good and many of the lenses are also weather-sealed. Due to the discontinuation of all 4/3 cameras, many 4/3 lenses are available on the secondhand market for attractive prices.

For a full list of 4/3 lenses, please look below.

Limitations

  1. No continous autofocus: aside from Olympus’s E-M1, no micro 4/3 bodies can do continuous (tracking) autofocus using 4/3 lenses.
  2. CDAF-optimized lenses: some 4/3 lenses have been updated to better support the contrast detect autofocus (CDAF) system used by micro 4/3 cameras. These lenses support AF on all micro 4/3 cameras, and generally focus reasonably quietly and quickly with good accuracy.
  3. Non-optimized lenses: most 4/3 lenses have not been updated for CDAF. These lenses will autofocus on all bodies except the Panasonic G1, GF1 and GH1. Autofocus is slower and noisier than with CDAF-optimized lenses and accuracy is less certain.
  4. AF speed: on average, CDAF-optimized lenses focus in 1-2 seconds, while the other take anywhere from 2-6 seconds. The exception is Olympus’s E-M1 body which focuses all 4/3 lenses at roughly the same speed as native micro 4/3 lenses.
  5. Lens size: 4/3 lenses are larger than m4/3 lenses. Particularly on the smaller m4/3 bodies, ergonomics can be an issue.

Adapters

4/3 to micro 4/3 lens adapters are made by Olympus, Panasonic as well as a few no-name vendors. Functionality is essentially identical and mixing and matching among adapter vendors (say a Panasonic adapter with an Olympus body) is fine. As of this writing, the most affordable name-brand adapter is the Panasonic DMW-MA1 which goes for around $115. Non-brand adapters should work fine, so long as they specify having electronics (purely mechanical adapters will not work).

CDAF-optimized 4/3 Lenses

Primes Brand

FL (mm)

Max aperture

MFD (m)

Mag Filter (mm) Weight (g)

Size DxL (mm)

Color

Release Date

Price Notes
Panasonic Leica D Summilux 25 1.4 0.38 0.09 62 525 78×75 B 7/2007 $900 Min. aperture of f/16, aperture ring
Olympus Zuiko Digital 25 2.8 0.2 0.19 43 95 64×24 B 3/2008 $250  
Zooms                        
Olympus Zuiko Digital 9-18 4.0-5.6 0.25 0.12 72 275 80×73 B 9/2008 $600  
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42 3.5-5.6 0.25 0.19 58 190 66×61 B 9/2006 $250  
Panasonic Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-50 3.8-5.6 0.29 0.21 67 435 75×93 B 8/2007 $600 OIS
Olympus Zuiko Digital II 14-54 2.8-3.5 0.22 0.26 67 440 75×89 B 11/2008 $600 This is the mark II version
Panasonic Leica D Vario-Elmar 14-150 3.5-5.6 0.5 0.18 72 535 79×91 B 11/2007 $1450 OIS, aperture ring
Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150 4.0-5.6 0.9 0.14 58 220 66×72 B 9/2006 $280  
Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300 4.0-5.6 1.2 0.5 58 615 80×128 B 11/2007 $400 MFD is 0.9m in MF mode

Non-optimized Autofocus 4/3 Lenses

Primes Brand

FL (mm)

Max aperture

MFD (m)

Mag Filter (mm) Weight (g)

Size DxL (mm)

Color

Release Date

Price Notes
Olympus Zuiko Digital 8 3.5 0.14 0.22 None 485 79×77 B 1/2006 $700 Fisheye, weather-sealed, no filters
Sigma EX DG Macro 24 1.8 0.18 0.37 77 485 84×83 B 1/2007    
Sigma EX DC 30 1.4 0.4 0.10 62 400 77×59 B 2/2006   HSM, max aperture of f/16
Olympus Zuiko Digital 35 3.5 0.15 1.0 52 165 71×53 B 12/2005 $180 1:1 macro
Sigma EX DG HSM 50 1.4 0.45 0.14 77 505 85×68 B 9/2008   HSM
Olympus Zuiko Digital 50 2.0 0.24 0.5 52 300 71×62 B 6/2003 $450 1:2 macro, weather-sealed
Sigma EX Macro 105 2.8 0.31 1.0 58 450 74×95 B 2/2006   1:1 macro
Olympus Zuiko Digital 150 2.0 1.4 0.13 82 1465 100×150 B 10/2004 $2500 Weather-sealed, tripod mount
Sigma EX DG HSM Macro 150 2.8 0.38 1.0 72 895 137×80 B 2/2006   1:1 macro, HSM, tripod mount
Olympus Zuiko Digital 300 2.8 2.4 0.15 43 3290 127×285 B 6/2003 $7000 Weather-sealed, tripod mount, rear filters
Zooms Brand

FL (mm)

Max aperture

MFD (m)

Mag Filter (mm) Weight (g)

Size DxL (mm)

Color

Release Date

Price Notes
Olympus Zuiko Digital 7-14 4.0 0.25 0.11 None 780 87×120 B 2/2005 $1800 No filters, weather-sealed
Sigma EX DC HSM 10-20 4.0-5.6 0.24 0.15 77 465 84×81 B 2/2008 $430 HSM
Olympus Zuiko Digital 11-22 2.8-3.5 0.28 0.13 72 485 75×93 B 2/2004 $800 Weather-sealed
Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60 2.8-4.0 0.25 0.28 72 575 80×99 B 11/2007 $1000 Weather-sealed, SWD motor
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-35 2.0 0.35 0.12 77 900 86×123 B 2/2008 $2300 Weather-sealed, SWD motor
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45 3.5-5.6 0.38 0.16 58 285 71×87 B 10/2004    
Panasonic Leica D Vario Elmarit 14-50 2.8-3.5 0.29 0.32 72 490 79×97 B 7/2006 $850 OIS, aperture ring
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54 2.8-3.5 0.22 0.26 67 435 74×89 B 6/2003   Weather-sealed
Olympus Zuiko Digital 17.5-45 3.5-5.6 0.28 0.23 52 210 71×70 B 9/2005    
Sigma EX DC 18-50 2.8 0.2 0.33 72 450 79×86 B 2/2006    
Sigma DC 18-50 3.5-5.6 0.25 0.2 58 245 67×60 B 3/2004    
Sigma DC 18-125 3.5-5.6 0.5 0.19 62 385 70×78 B 9/2004    
Olympus Zuiko Digital 18-180 3.5-6.3 0.45 0.23 62 435 78×85 B 9/2005 $500  
Olympus Zuiko Digital 35-100 2.0 1.4 0.09 77 1650 97×214 B 10/2005 $2500 Weather-sealed, tripod mount
Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150 3.5-4.5 1.5 0.12 68 425 77×107 B 10/2004    
Olympus Zuiko Digital 50-200 2.8-3.5 1.2 0.21 67 920 83×157 B 6/2003   Weather-sealed, tripod mount
Olympus Zuiko Digital SWD 50-200 2.8-3.5 1.2 0.21 67 995 87×157 B 11/2007 $1100 Weather-sealed, SWD motor, tripod mount
Sigma EX DG HSM 50-500 4.0-6.3 3.0 0.19 86 1650 94×218 B 2/2006   HSM, tripod mount
Sigma DC 55-200 4.0-5.6 1.1 0.19 55 310 70×85 B 3/2004    
Sigma EX DG HSM 70-200 2.8 1.0 0.29 77 1370 86×184 B 2/2008   HSM, tripod mount
Olympus Zuiko Digital 90-250 2.8 2.5 0.08 105 3270 124×276 B 11/2005 $6000 Weather-sealed, tripod mount
Sigma DG 135-400 4.5-5.6 2.0 0.19 77 1245 89×184 B 2/2006   Tripod mount
Sigma EX DG HSM 300-800 5.6 6.0 0.14 46 5880 157×544 B 2/2006   HSM, tripod mount

Manual Focus 4/3 Lenses

Primes Brand

FL (mm)

Max aperture

MFD (m)

Mag Filter (mm) Weight (g)

Size DxL (mm)

Color

Release Date

Price Notes
Samyang UMC CS Fisheye 8 3.5 0.30   None 430 75×80 B 3/2010 $240 Fisheye
Samyang UMC 14 2.8 0.27   None 560 87×101 B 3/2010 $300  
Samyang UMC CS 16 2.0 0.2   77 585 83×89 B 9/2013 $470  
Samyang UMC 24 1.4 0.25   77 680 83×95 B 8/2011 $550  
Samyang UMC 35 1.4 0.3   77 720 83×117 B 9/2010 $330  
Samyang UMC 85 1.4 1.0   72 520 78×80 B 3/2010 $250  

Last update: February 7, 2014