Olympus Professional Lens Roundup
As the original mirrorless system, Micro Four-Thirds has grown in popularity and offers the most native lenses of any mirrorless system. Founding members Olympus and Panasonic produce the bulk of these, yet third-party makers have joined. The entire family spans focal-lengths from 7 to 300mm, equivalent to 14-600mm, which covers almost any photographic need. Adaptors allow access to an even greater range of lenses.
Given that the principal aim of a mirrorless system is to be small, most manufacturers started with compact light-weight lenses - with the exception of Fuji which launched its mirrorless system towards professionals. Five years ago we published a round up covering the initial 6 Olympus Micro Four-Thirds lenses. With more cameras designed for enthusiasts and professionals, high-end lenses were recently introduced to the family, with most of them being weather-sealed to match a handful of professional weatherproof cameras.
In this feature article we review five such offerings from Olympus:
- M.Zuiko 7-14mm F/2.8 PRO - Fully weatherproof lens with an extremely wide angle-of-view.
- M.Zuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 PRO - Covers ultra-wide to normal focal-lengths and is also fully weatherproof.
- M.Zuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 PRO - Bright standard to telephoto zoom within a fully weatherproof body.
- M.Zuiko 12mm F/2 - Original premium ultra-wide prime which introduces the first hybrid manual-focus ring, also used in the previous 3 lenses.
- M.Zuiko 60mm F/2.8 Macro - The longest of 3 macro lenses offered for Micro Four-Thirds.
They have two more M.Zuiko PRO lenses not covered in this roundup, the M.Zuiko 300mm F/4 IS PRO which is the only stabilized Olympus lens and the M.Zuiko 8mm F/1.8 Fisheye PRO which is the brightest fisheye of any brand or lens mount. Olympus lenses do not really need stabilization since all Olympus mirrorless cameras all offer it built-in, so it is interesting that the longest M.Zuiko PRO has it built-in.
The above links lead to the specification page of each lens. Each next page in this Olympus Professional Lens roundup describes one of these lenses in more details along with a analysis of its optical performance. Click on the Next button to advance or use the menu below it to jump to a specific lens.
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