Micro four thirds is such an interesting system in that we have this situation where both Panasonic and Olympus lenses work on each others cameras, and each come with their own pros and cons. This can make things a little confusing for new micro four thirds owners, but in reality it makes this system incredibly flush with great upgrade potential, and so today we are going to be looking at some of our picks for the top micro four thirds lenses to consider upgrading to after your kit lens.
Of any mirrorless camera system, the Micro Four Thirds coalition has the most lenses available. Between both Panasonic and Olympus, the system has lots of lenses–but when you consider how open they are to working with third parties then you’ve got even more lenses that are supported. Indeed, new lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras seem to come out almost every month.
In our years of reviewing lenses, we’ve tested and played with lots of different optics at all different prices. We’ve rounded up our top choices for the best and cheapest lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. So if you’re looking for the best cheap lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras, then look no further than right after the jump.
Editor’s Note: In a previous version of this article, we mistook one lens for another. We apologize for our humanity.
Miyazaki-san does not get tired of coming up with exciting new lens designs! Only recently we reported on his latest ultra-compact lens for Leica M-mount, the Super Triplet Perar 28mm f4, and now he surprises us with a new super-fast lens for Micro Four Thirds — the Sonnetar 25mm f1.1. Originally introduced for the Pentax Q mount earlier this year, the new Sonnetar 25/1.1 for Micro Four Thirds is still under development. But chances are we can buy it very soon. Read more after the jump.
Pentax Forums found a recent news post from Pentax Germany: who outed the specs on new lenses hinted at in their roadmap. According to the Google Translation in English, three new K mount lenses are coming in the form of the SMC Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6, SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8, 25mm F4, and SMC Pentax-D FA 645 90mm F2.8. The former is a serious birding and spy lens, while the 50mm f1.8 is the quintessential portrait lens for all their APS-C sensor cameras like their popular K-5, the recently announced K-01, and this monster. The latter is a new lens for their 645D and shared image samples from, which we had hands on with a long time ago.
Plus, details on a new telephoto lens for the Q system have been spread; but info is very lacking. They’ve also announced that users of the 645D can finally tether to their computers as they shoot, and some new tough cameras.
For convenience, the translated press release has been copy and pasted after the jump.