5 Affordable (and Fantastic) Must-Own Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

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We’re huge fans of the Micro Four Thirds platform here at The Phoblographer. The system’s small size and weight give it an advantage over many bigger systems such as APS-C and Full Frame. Honestly, you’re not giving up much in image quality either, regardless of what M4/3 detractors might say. I have used the platform professionally for two years now, and I’ve never had a problem. The five lenses we’ve listed are small, light, sharp, have rapid autofocus performance, and they are all incredibly affordable. If you’re new to the Micro Four Thirds platform and are looking to build up a solid lens collection without going broke, check out the five lenses we believe are must-haves for all Micro Four Thirds users.

Olympus 17mm f1.8 M.ZUIKO (for the Street Photographer)

Micro Four Thirds

In our review, we said:

“Besides the image quality, which we will get to in a bit, the number one reason to buy this lens is the autofocus speed–it’s insane. When mated to my OM-D in good to decent light, it really is instantaneous. Pick an autofocus point and it feels like autofocus confirmation is made before your finger even makes it to the bottom of your half-shutter-press.”

Buy now: $399

Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II (for Event Photographers)

In our review, we said:

“The overall image quality from the 20mm f1.7 II lens from Panasonic is truthfully pretty damned good. There is a healthy amount of sharpness, contrast, and overall solid color rendition built into this lens. When you couple this with its great build quality and focusing abilities you’ve got yourself quite the winner..”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
Micro Four Thirds

Buy now: $267.99

Olympus 45mm f1.8 MSC (for Portrait Photographers)

Micro Four Thirds

In our review, we said:

“Overall, I can’t help but recommend the Olympus 45mm f1.8 lens. It should be the portrait lens in the bag of every single Micro Four Thirds camera user, and I will not retract or take that statement back.

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
Micro Four Thirds

Buy now: $299

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Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f4-5.6 (for the Landscape Photographer)

Micro Four Thirds

In our review, we said:

“During the short time that I have owned it so far, this lens has quickly grown on me. This is mostly due to the fact that in contrast to the wide-angle primes I used previously, it offers me much greater flexibility. Whenever I need an extremely wide angle-of-view, it is right there for me with its 9mm initial focal length. If I need a tighter crop, I can zoom in up to 18mm, which is close to the classical journalistic focal length of 35mm.”

Micro Four Thirds

Buy now: $549

Olympus 12-45mm f4 PRO (for the Everyday Photographer)

Micro Four Thirds

In our review, we said:

“While Olympus 12-45mm f4 PRO is super small, you should also note how weather sealed it is. I mean, look at it. We did this photoshoot and the camera/lens continued to still work. Additionally, we tested it out in Costa Rica amongst the sand and all. It kept working flawlessly. Combine this with a very small size and you’ll be a happy photographer. We can’t really complain about the build quality here.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
Micro Four Thirds

Buy now: $526.44