Your Micro Four Thirds Portraits Will Come Alive with These Great Lenses

There are some outstanding lenses on the Micro Four Thirds platform for portraits.

If you’re a Micro Four Thirds photographer and have been wondering what lenses to consider for portrait photography, this roundup is for you. Here we will take a look at the five lenses that make up the best portrait lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. We have picked out five portrait lenses that range in cost, so there are options for photographers with any budget. But, don’t think for a second that the cheaper lenses will leave you wanting more. All these lenses are ridiculously sharp, focus quickly, and produce colors that will leave you speechless. Let’s jump right in and take a look at the lenses you should be considering for Micro Four Thirds portraits.

Olympus 25mm f1.8

Micro Four Thirds Portraits

In our review, we said:

“In fact, the 25mm f1.8 is one of the most affordable and bang for your buck lenses out there for the Micro Four Thirds system. In general, we’re quite impressed with the sharpness, bokeh, fast focusing speed (coupled with accuracy), small size, and the overall feel that it is the single-lens that you may want to keep mated to your camera forever.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
Micro Four Thirds Portraits

Buy now: $399

Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2

Micro Four Thirds Portraits

In our review, we said:

“Panasonic’s 42.5mm f1.2 is a lens that you can have almost no complaints about on the right system. It’s sharp, focuses quickly, has great color for portraits, features a robust build quality, feels great in the hand, and can help you deliver better images when combined with the right skills in lighting and composition. Indeed, Panasonic has created the perfect portrait optic for the system–and it’s about time that they did.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
Micro Four Thirds Portraits

Buy now: $1,397.99

Olympus 45mm f1.8 MSC

Micro Four Thirds Portraits

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. I will not retract or take that statement back. Though Panasonic has a lens that doubles as a Macro lens (45mm f2.8 with Leica branding), it gets utterly destroyed by this lens. When we reviewed that lens, I was very pleased with the colors and sharpness. However, Olympus has taken a page from their years of lens crafting and made it really shine.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
Micro Four Thirds Portraits

Buy now: $399

Micro Four Thirds Portraits

Pro Tip: Whether you’re new to portrait photography or you’ve been in the game for a while, learning new tips and tricks of the trade is always a good thing. It’s easy to become stale when it comes to posing your subjects. So, having a resource that can help you change things up is a godsend. This posing guide from Lindsay Adler will help you pose your subjects perfectly. Learn how to make men, women, and children of all body sizes and types look their absolute best.

Olympus 75mm f1.8

Micro Four Thirds Portraits

In our review, we said:

“I’ll admit, I had read several reviews of this lens before I had the chance to shoot with it. I was skeptical about whether or not it could possibly live up to the overwhelmingly positive things people have said about it. In the end, it exceeded my expectations by a long shot. I believe it redefines the standards at which Micro Four Thirds lenses should be built.

Micro Four Thirds Portraits

Buy now: $849

Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

Micro Four Thirds Portraits

In our review, we said:

“We spent five days with this aggressively designed piece of glass. Among any of the Olympus zoom lens offerings that we’ve tested, the 40-150mm f2.8 PRO is the one that I loved the absolute most and almost didn’t want to send back. It’s lightweight, fairly small for what it is, fast to focus, offers crisp image quality, is weather-sealed, and won’t fail you when working.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
Micro Four Thirds Portraits

Buy now: $1,299

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.