Micro 4/3 Lens Buying Guide

Probably the most popular lens format is with the Micro 4/3 system. There are so many great lenses for these cameras that the only way to not make my brain explode was to create an organized list of all the MFT M43 lenses I've been able to find with their 35mm equivalent field of view and filter thread sizes.

 

Micro 4/3 Lens Buying Guide

Before I get into the list I want to say there are a few ways to say Micro Four Thirds that the photography world likes to use. There is MFT, M43 and Micro 4/3. Those are the three most popular. I'll use them interchangeably.

I've sorted the MFT / M43 lens list by Primes, Zooms, Auto, and Manual. 

The list is built with the following format.

(lens name, focal length and aperture) (35mm equivalent field of view) (filter thread size) (purchase link). I'll likely update this with Adorama and B&H links in the future.

 

M43 Olympus Lenses

 

Olympus M43 Zoom Lenses - Full Auto

A list of all the Olympus MFT zoom lenses still available on the market.

Lenses Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f4.0-f5.6 18-36mm Ø52mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 Pro 24-80mm Ø62mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f3.5-f6.3 EZ 24-100mm Ø52mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ 28-84mm Ø37mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-f5.6 EZ 28-84mm Ø37mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f3.5-f5.6 II R 28-84mm Ø37mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f4.0-f5.6 28-300mm Ø58mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f4.0-f5.6 II 28-300mm Ø58mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f2.8 Pro 80-300mm Ø72mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-f5.6 80-300mm Ø58mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-f5.6 R 80-300mm Ø58mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f4.8-f6.7 150-600mm Ø58mm  -
M. Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f4.8-f6.7 II 150-600mm Ø58mm Amazon

 

Olympus M43 Prime Lenses - Full Auto

This is the list of all of the Olympus Prime MFT lenses. 

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 24mm Ø46mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 34mm Ø46mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f2.8 34mm Ø37mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital 25mm f1.8 50mm Ø46mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 90mm Ø37mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f1.8 150mm Ø58mm Amazon
M. Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f4 Pro 600mm Ø77mm Amazon

 

Olympus M43 Macro

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro 120mm Ø46mm Amazon

 

 

M43 Panasonic Lenses

 

Panasonic MFT Zoom Lenses - Full Auto

A list of all of Panasonics M43 Zoom Lenses that are still on the market.

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f4.0 ASPH 14-28mm *No Filter Amazon
Lumix 12-60mm f3.5-f5.6 ASPH POWER OIS 24-120mm Ø58mm Amazon
Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f3.5-f5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS 24-64mm Ø37mm Amazon
Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f2.8 ASPH POWER OIS 24-70mm Ø58mm Amazon
Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f2.8 II ASPH POWER OIS *new 24-70mm Ø58mm --
Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f2.8-4 ASPH, POWER OIS *new 24-120mm Ø62mm --
Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f3.5-f5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS 28-84mm Ø37mm Amazon
Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f3.5-f5.6 ASPH POWER OIS 28-84mm Ø37mm Amazon
Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f3.5-f5.6 II ASPH MEGA OIS 28-84mm Ø46mm Amazon
Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f3.5-f5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS 28-90mm Ø52mm Amazon
Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f3.5-f5.6 ASPH POWER OIS 28-280mm Ø52mm Amazon
Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm f4.0-f5.8 MEGA OIS 28-280mm Ø62mm Amazon
Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f2.8 POWER OIS 70-200mm Ø58mm Amazon
Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f4-f5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS 70-200mm Ø46mm Amazon
Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f4.0-f5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS 90-300mm Ø52mm Amazon
Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f4.0-f5.6 ASPH POWER OIS 90-350mm Ø46mm Amazon
Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f4.0-f5.6 MEGA OIS 90-400mm Ø52mm Amazon
Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f4.0-f5.6 MEGA OIS 200-600mm Ø67mm Amazon
Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f4-f5.6 II POWER OIS *new 200-600mm Ø67mm --
Lumix G Vario 100-400mm f4.0-f6.3 200-800mm Ø72mm Amazon

 

Panasonic M43 Prime Lenses - Full Auto

A list of all of the Panasonic MFT Prime Lenses.

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Lumix G Fisheye 8mm f3.5 15mm Rear Amazon
Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 12mm f1.4 ASPH 24mm Ø62mm AmazonAdorama
Lumix G 14mm f2.5 II ASPH 28mm Ø46mm Amazon / Adorama
Leica DG Summilux 15mm f1.7 ASPH 30mm Ø46mm Amazon
Lumix G Vario 20mm f1.7 II ASPH 40mm Ø46mm Amazon
Leica DG Summilux 25mm f1.4 ASPH 50mm Ø46mm Amazon
Lumix G 25mm f1.7 ASPH 50mm Ø46mm Adorama
Lumix G 30mm f2.8 Macro ASPH MEGA OIS 60mm Ø46mm Amazon
Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 ASPH POWER OIS 85mm Ø67mm Amazon
Lumix G 42.5 f1.7 ASPH POWER OIS 85mm Ø37mm Amazon

 

Panasonic M43 Macro

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f2.8 ASPH MEGA OIS 90mm Ø46mm Amazon

 

Panasonic 3D Lenses

The Panasonic 3d M43 lens looks fun. Kind of a gimick and it's not fast at all, but I bet it's fun to play with. I imagine they made this hoping 3d TV's would do better than they have.

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Lumix G 12.5mm f12 3D 65mm *None Amazon

 

 

Tamron M43 Lenses

Tamron M43 Zoom - Full Auto

Surprisingly this is the only Tamron MFT lens I could find.

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Tamron 14-150mm f3.5-f5.8 Di III 28-300mm Ø52mm Amazon

 

Sigma M43 Lenses

Sigma M43 Primes - Full Auto

Sigma has a few great options for the micro four thirds system.

Lens Name 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Sigma 19mm f2.8 DN 38mm Ø46mm Amazon
Sigma 19mm f2.8 EX DN 38mm Ø46mm Amazon
Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN 60mm Ø52mm --
Sigma 30mm f2.8 DN 60mm Ø46mm Amazon
Sigma 30mm f2.8 EX DN 60mm Ø46mm Amazon
Sigma 60mm f2.8 DN 120mm Ø46mm Amazon

 

 

Samyang / Rokinon M43 Lenses

Samyang / Rokinon  Primes - Full Manual

Lens Name 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Rokinon 7.5mm f3.5 UMC Fisheye CS 15mm -- Adorama
Rokinon 8mm f3.5 HD Fisheye 16mm -- Adorama
Rokinon 9mm f8 Fisheye 16mm -- Adorama
Rokinon 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS 20mm -- Adorama
Rokinon 12mm f2.0  24mm Ø67mm Adorama
Rokinon 12mm f2.2 NCS CS 24mm Ø67mm Adorama
Rokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED MC 28mm -- Adorama
Rokinon 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS 32mm Ø77mm Adorama
Rokinon 21mm f1.4 (Black) Silver also available 42mm Ø58mm Adorama
Rokinon 24mm f1.4 48mm Ø77mm Adorama
Rokinon 24mm f1.4 for Olympus 48mm Ø77mm Adorama
Rokinon 35mm f1.4 70mm Ø77mm Adorama
Rokinon 50mm f1.2 (Black) Silver also available 100mm Ø62mm Adorama
Rokinon 85mm f1.4 170mm Ø72mm Adorama
Rokinon 100mm f2.8 200mm Ø67mm Adorama
Rokinon 300mm Reflex f6.3 600mm -- Adorama

 

Samyang / Rokinon Micro43 Macro

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Rokinon 100mm f2.8 Macro 200mm - AmazonAdorama

 

 

Kowa M43 Lenses

Kowa M43 Primes - Full Manual

Kowa is a Japanese company that makes scopes, binoculars, accessories etc. But they also make some decent MFT lenses.

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f2.8 17mm - Amazon
Kowa Prominar 12mm f1.8 24mm Ø72mm -
Kowa Prominar 25mm f1.8 50mm Ø55mm -

 

 

Voigtlander / Cosina M43 Lenses

Voigtlander M43 Primes - Full Manual

If you're an E-Mount or Lecia shooter you've probably heard the hype. These lense are actually fantastic for the price. Voigtlander also makes their primes in a MFT mount. They are worth checking out.

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Nokton 10.5mm f0.95 21mm - coming soon
Nokton 17.5mm f0.95 35mm Ø58mm Amazon
Nokton 25mm f0.95 Type II 50mm Ø52mm -
Nokton 25mm f0.95 50mm Ø52mm Amazon
Nokton 42.5mm f0.95 85mm Ø58mm Amazon

 

 

Meike M43 Lenses

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Meike 25mm f0.95 50mm Ø49mm Amazon
Meike 28mm f2.8 56mm Ø49mm Amazon
Meike 35mm f1.7 70mm Ø49mm Amazon
Meike 50mm f2 100mm Ø49mm Amazon

 

Mitakon M43 Lenses

Mitakon M43 Primes - Full Manual

Some people like Mitakon lenses because of how fast they are, but from what I've seen, optically they are only so-so. Here is a list of the MFT Mitakon prime lenses.

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Mitakon 24mm f1.7 48mm Ø49mm Amazon
Mitakon 35mm f0.95 70mm Ø58mm Amazon
Mitakon 42.5mm f1.2 85mm Ø49mm Amazon

 

 

Tokina M43 Lenses

Tokina MFT Primes - Full Manual

There are a few Tokina micro four third lenses out there. A Cinema ultra wide zoom and a tele. A little pricey though.

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Tokina Cinema 11-16mm T3.0 22-32mm Ø77mm --
Tokina Reflex 300mm f6.3 MF Macro 600mm Ø55mm Amazon

 

 

Yasuhara M43 Lenses

Yasuhara Nanoha M43 Macro

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Yashuhara 11-19mm Lens 4:1 to 5:1 22-38mm *None -

 

 

Tilt Lenses

Lensbaby Tilts

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Composer Pro with Sweet 35 Optics - Ø46mm Amazon
Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optics - Ø46mm Amazon

 

 

Photex Tilt Shift Lens

Lens Names 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Photex 50mm f/2 Tilt Shift Lens 100mm Ø52mm -

 

Cinema Lenses

Zeiss Compact Primes

The Cinema Primes listed here are 35mm lenses with the Micro Four Thirds Mount and the mounts are interchangeable. A great investment. They also come in two version, one where the measurements are in metric and the other is in feet. Some lenses don't have a specification as to what they are. I've tried to list them in feet.

I haven't used the standard compact primes but I have used the Zeiss Super Speeds on a feature I shot a few years ago. They are amazing. We rented a set to use with the Red. Great little lenses.

Lens Name 35mm Equiv Filters Order
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 15mm T2.9 Distagon T* (ft) 30mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 18mm T3.6 CF Distagon T* 36mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 21mm T2.9 CF Distagon T* (ft) 42mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 25mm T2.1 CF T* (ft) 50mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 28mm T2.1 CF Distagon T* 56mm Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 35mm T1.5 Distagon T* (ft) 60mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 35mm T2.1 CF Distagon T* (ft) 60mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 50mm T1.5 Distagon T* (ft) 100mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 50mm T2.1 CF Planar T* 100mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 50mm T2.1 Makro-Planar T* 100mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 85mm T2.1 Planar T* 170mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 85mm T1.5 Super Speed T* (ft) 170mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 100mm T2.1 CF Planar T* 200mm - Adorama
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 135mm T2.1 Distagon T* (ft) 270mm - Adorama

There are also some Zeiss Cinema Zoom lenses too but if you have $20,000 for a lens I doubt you'll be working with M43 so I won't bother listing them.

 

SLR Magic Anamorphic Lenses Adapter

The Anamorphic Adapter lens has a front filter of 77mm and a rear filter thread of 62mm. It comes with a set of 58mm, 52mm, 49mm step up rings.

SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x 50 Lenses - (Adorama)

 

Accessories

 

Speed Boosters

The speed boosters allow you to adapter larger lenses such as Nikon or Canon into the MFT format. The advantage is, you gain about a stop of light plus you maintain closer field of view of the lens you're using.

Metabones probably makes the best but they've been continuing to raise their prices over the years. Annoying, I know.

Metabones Nikon G to MFT - (Amazon)

Metabones Nikon G to Black Magic Pocket - (Amazon)

Metabones Canon EF to MFT S Version - (Amazon)

Metabones Canon EF to Black Magic Pocket - (Amazon)

Metabones Canon FD to MFT - (Amazon)

Metabones Olympus OM to MFT - (Amazon)

Metabones Contarex to MFT - (Amazon)

Metabones Rollei QBM to MFT - (Amazon)

 

Mitakon is probably the best bang for your buck if you have manual lenses. But you're limited on your options and they will not work on the Black Magic Pocket.

Mitakon Lens Turbo Mark I Canon EF to MFT - (Adorama)

Mitakon Lens Turbo Mark I Nikon AI / AI-S - (Adorama)

 

Adapters

Novoflex Adapter are great quality. These will require full manual lenses with a manual aperture ring. The exception is the Nikon.

Novoflex Nikon to MFT - (Amazon)

Novoflex Leica M to MFT - (Amazon)

Novoflex Olympus OM to MFT - (Amazon)

Novoflex Canon FD to MFT - (Amazon)

 

The Fotasy aren't good quality so I won't list them.

 

There is another brand called Big-IS, but they can be hard to find.

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