The 5 Best Lenses for Olympus Micro Four Thirds Photography

Derrick Story
5 min readApr 20, 2022

With the release of the incredible OM System OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera, many new to this mirrorless format may be wondering which lenses they should purchase to round out their system.

I’ve been shooting Micro Four Thirds (MFT) since the very first Olympus camera, which I still own, and have tested dozens of lenses for personal and professional use. These five optics are among the best. I’ll begin with two pro lenses, then add three top-notch enthusiast options.

OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12–40mm f/2.8 PRO II zoom ($999) — Even though it’s not the most compact zoom in the MFT lineup, this optic is a must-have for serious photography. With a constant aperture of f/2.8, you can tackle low light environments while leveraging a very useful 24–80mm equivalent zoom range. (To get full frame equivalent with MFT optics, multiple by 2X.)

The new 12–40mm zoom on the just-released OM-1.

With a weather resistance rating of IP53, you can work in virtually any environment. Another feature that I like is the manual focus clutch that allows you to operate it just like a quality manual focus lens, complete with distance markings.

Image quality is outstanding. And this updated model includes an extra-low reflection optical coating that minimizes lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.

This is a great optic to build your system around. And if you buy the OM-1 bundled with this lens, you save hundreds of dollars.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40–150mm f/2.8 PRO ($1,349) — Even though OM System just released a very tempting f/4 version of this zoom that’s more compact, this is the better choice for professional photography.

Comparison between the f/4 model (left) and the f/2.8.

With an equivalent focal range of 80–300mm with a constant aperture of f/2.8, you have ample reach for nature and sports photography, even in less than ideal lighting conditions. Plus, having the faster f/2.8 model…