After The Kit: 6 Incredible Lens Upgrades For The Micro Four Thirds Photographer

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.

Panasonic Lenses

Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II


“Panasonic’s 20mm f1.7 II is an autofocusing beast on the GH4 when using the fully automatic focusing modes and not choosing a point beforehand. In fact, we think that it is the fastest focusing lens that we’ve seen for street photography. But when you mount it on the OMD EM5, it starts to lag a bit behind. Once you start selecting specific focusing areas, the focusing speed goes from sloth-like to peregrine falcon.”Read Our Full Review Here // Buy One Here

Panasonic 15mm F1.7

“The Panasonic 15mm f1.7 lens is a small, well designed lens for the Micro Four Thirds camera system–and we dare say that it is our favorite autofocusing lens for the system, too. Designed to be almost a pancake but with a wide f1.7 aperture, it pairs very nicely with some of the system’s medium to smaller cameras.” — Read Our Full Review Here // Buy One Here

Panasonic 100-300mm f4-5.6

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 100-300mm product photos (5 of 5)ISO 8001-320 sec at f - 2.8

Panasonic’s 100-300mm f4-5.6 lens is a compact and relatively affordable solution to the Micro Four Thirds user that needs a super telephoto zoom lens. And when used correctly it does a good job. This lens exhibits second to none color rendition, great Optical Image Stabilization,  and some fair build quality.” — Read Our Full Review Here // Buy One Here

Olympus Lenses

Olympus 25mm F1.2


“The Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO is a fantastic lens well worth its weight in gold at $1,199. It renders beautiful bokeh, sharp images that are best done with a flash, pretty good colors, has incredibly fast and accurate autofocus capabilities, and very durable weather sealing.” Read our Full Review // Buy One Here

Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 PRO

“This lens is absolutely incredible. It handles distortion well, it’s sharp has great colors, focuses quickly, has a small form factor that makes it a true companion lens, and is so very capable for many photojournalists. It’s also great for landscapes, food, interior, oh so much!” — Read Our Full Review Here // Buy One Here

Olympus 17mm F1.8


“Overall, the Olympus 17mm f1.8 is a solid lens that performed well throughout this test. The autofocus speed is incredible and the overall image quality is very good. It is a bit on the pricey side when compared to the Olympus 17mm f2.8 and the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, but its construction and autofocus speed may be worth the premium for some.” — Read Our Full Review Here // Buy One Here