The quality and performance of digital cameras are only as good as the lens that it uses. An expensive lens with a poor quality lens, for instance, is worthless. Cheap digital cameras with high-powered lenses, on the other hand, hand deliver professional-grade results in the hands of an experienced photographer. To be part of the latter group without spending a lot of money, we have listed 10 of the best four-thirds lenses that you should consider purchasing. They are durable, easy to install, and have high-performance feature-rich designs.
10. Panasonic Lumix G Vario H-FS12060
Traditional DSLR lenses are bulky and inefficient accessories that dampen the experience of photographers outdoors. If you have a similar model and searching for a leaner and efficient replacement lens, Panasonic Lumix G Vario H-FS12060 is ideal. Compact, lightweight, and with an advanced micro four-thirds design, it is a perfect day-to-day accessory for novices and professionals. Range is approximately 12-60mm, while its advanced image stabilized design never disappoints. It focuses accurately. It also operates saliently and has a sealed dustproof body that withstands abuse well. Expect memorable results with this novel lens.
9. PANASONIC LUMIX G Lens, 25mm, F1.7 ASPH
Featuring an advanced mirrorless design with a 25mm range, this lens from PANASONIC takes photography to the next level. Its convenient four thirds design works well with most DSLR digital cameras. It is also easy to fit and remove and delivers natural viewing angles that most photographers appreciate. Whether you are covering a wedding or a birthday party, expect professional-grade results with an original one. PANASONIC LUMIX has a larger aperture (F1.7) that performs well in low light environments. It is also compact, super-light, and has a smooth and fast acting design that handles HD video recording excellently.
8. Neewer Automatic Macro Extension Lens
Are you a novice photographer? Do you want a powerful automated lens that will improve your performance indoors and outdoors? This macro extension model from Neewer is a reputable model. Recommended for use most Olympus and Panasonic digital cameras, it has a powerful dual tube design (10mm, 16mm) each measuring approximately 61.5mm wide. Its metallic and plastic body is durable, while its electronic contacts support both auto exposure and auto focusing. They also support smooth signal transmission, which boosts its performance further. This innovative lens weighs a paltry 2.32 ounces.
7. Olympus 14-42mm II R
Olympus lenses are professional-grade accessories for photography that rank among the most sought after globally. This interchangeable 14-42mm II R model, for instance, is an advanced silver-themed accessory that works with most micro 4/3 cameras. Its collapsible design shoots excellent portraits. Its seven-blade aperture (circular) supports natural background blurring, while its 3X zoom focuses far objects well. It also supports both portrait and landscape photography well, unlike some comparable models. Photographers also appreciate its quiet autofocus, adjustable focal lens (14-42mm), and its quality of construction.
6. Olympus 9mm f8.0 Fisheye
Fisheye from Olympus is a 9mm f8.0 Body cap lens with a discrete low profile design that is perfect for street shooting. Its micro design fits and works well with most 4/3 digital cameras. Its built-in fisheye betters its performance, while its ultra-wide field of view (18mm) is notable. It shoots clear panoramic photos. It is also ideal for shooting portraits and close-ups indoors and outdoors without compromising quality. Even though Olympus 9mm f8.0 Fisheye requires manual focusing, it performs better that most automated models in stores. It is also easy to use and has top of the line all glass elements that better its performance further. With an original, you also get internal and side pockets for installing custom filters and a durable carrying case.
5. Rokinon Cine CV85M-MFT
Rokinon Cine CV85M-MFT has helped tens of photographers to shoot clear feature-rich photographs effortlessly. Designed to fit most four-thirds cameras, its 85-85mm fixed lens design works excellently. Its Cine Aspherical system is innovative, while its de-clicked aperture minimizes jerking motions and noise when in use. This is impressive, particularly for novice photographers or journalists covering formal indoor events. Minimum focusing distance is approximately 3.6 feet. While this is not ideal for close-up photography, it shoots clear portraits and panoramic images. You also get an adjustable aperture range (t/1.5-t/22) and quality components that last long. Unfortunately, Rokinon Cine CV85M-MFT is non-zoomable.
4. Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN Art
Do not waste your money on the low-grade lenses people broker on sites such as eBay. To shoot like a professional while keeping spending low, Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN Art works better. A popular micro 4/3 lens in stores, it works well with most digital cameras. Its black case is eye-catching, while its advanced HSM technology delivers a quiet and super fast auto focusing. While covering a fast action event such as sports or engaging in animal photography, you will never miss an important shot again. It also has a faster aperture and an adjustable focusing distance (11.8-inches minimum) for shooting portraits, close-ups, and panoramic shots. While Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN Art is not class leading in terms of out-of-focus performance, it is one of the best lenses in its price range.
3. Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS
Wide-angle photography is a popular practice all over the world. However, with the wrong type of lens, it can be a total disaster. For a memorable experience, consider replacing your camera’s stock lens with this 12mm F2.0 NCS CS model from Rokinon. Ideal for use with macro (4/3) Panasonic and Olympus digital cameras, its installation is simple. It also has an ultra-wide fixed focus design with an f2.0-22 aperture range and an advanced 12-element design with two aspherical lenses. Even though this lens is non-zoomable, its short 8-inch focusing distance (minimum)is perfect for shooting close-ups and portraits. The free lens cap, lens hood, and lens pouch offered are professional grade, while its 1-year warranty covers all defects.
2. Olympus M. 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R
A popular zoom lens in top 10 micro four thirds lenses reviews in 2017, Olympus M. 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R tops our list. Featuring a versatile micro (4/3) design, it fits most Panasonic and Olympus cameras. Its black body is eye-catching, high focal length (40-150mm), and macro range (0.90m) is desirable. It also has a near-silent autofocus and a broad 80-300mm field of view that is great for covering sports or shooting portraits. Olympus M. 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R is affordable and designed to zoom images up to 3.75 times.
1. Rokinon 85M-MFT
Rokinon 85M-MFT is a medium focus portrait lens with an advanced 9-element system that works well with most micro 4/3 cameras. It has a 28.3-degree angle of view. Its aperture’s range is approximately F1.4-22, while its shorter focusing distance (3.3 feet minimum) makes it ideal for shooting portraits. All components are durable and optimized to better the performance of users in all environments.