Holiday 2012: Recommended Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

The Micro Four Thirds system has the biggest choice of lenses of all mirrorless systems so far.

The holiday season is just around the corner, so it’s time to think about the right gear for your holiday pictures. If you’re a Micro Four Thirds user, you’re in a lucky position, as we have seen a whole slew of new lenses for the system in this year — in addition to the great lenses we already had. So no matter whether you’re on the search for a lens to use yourself, or for one to give away to someone for Christmas — this guide will help you pick one (or two, or more) from the vastness of glass that is available for the system by now.

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Review: Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 Lens (Micro Four Thirds)

Do you see that lens up above? That is the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 Nokton for Micro Four Thirds; and it is perhaps the lens that has locked me into the system and also renewed my faith in it. Using this lens I can do so much. Not only is it characterized by its fast aperture, but it is also a 35mm equivalent field of view: which is honestly my favorite focal length.

Before I even get into this review, know that it is an overwhelmingly positive one even though swallowing the cost of the lens was a bit much for me. After weeks of use though, that has all gone away.

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Samples from the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 Lens for Micro Four Thirds

Guess what everyone: we’re joining the band wagon with all the other reviewers out there talking about and reviewing the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 lens. Admittedly, this lens came in at 9:45PM last night from UPS and I was burned out and didn’t want to deal with the lens at all. But I forced myself to put it on my camera and shoot.

I stayed awake for the next four hours. The photos in this post can help demonstrate why. As is standard on this site, we’re taking the practical approach and using older cameras out there because we know that not everyone has the Olympus OMD. Instead, I shot these with the Olympus EP2.

Lastly, unless the photo says otherwise, assume that it was shot at f0.95.

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