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Olympus Micro Four-Thirds Lens Roundup

Introduction

Micro Four-Thirds cameras are designed to provide DSLR-like image quality in a smaller form-factor. As ILCs, total size greatly depends on lenses. To realize the maximum compactness potential, Olympus created a lineup of Micro Four-Thirds lenses called M.Zuiko. The lineup presently comprises of six lenses covering focal-lengths from 9 to 300mm, equivalent to an 18 to 600mm range in 35mm terms when taking into account the 2X FLM of Four-Thirds sensors:

M.Zuiko Lens Lineuo

Obviously 6 lenses constitute a small lineup, demand will make it grow but today's additional needs can be met via lenses from third-party. Panasonic has its own line-up of Micro Four-Third lenses which cover focal-lengths from 7 to 300mm including specialty a macro and fisheye lens. Note that some Panasonic lenses have built-in stabilization. This function must be disabled when used on an Olympus camera since that is provided by the body and both mechanisms would be in conflict which each other.

Another great option is to use Four-Thirds lenses which are physically larger but comprise a much larger lineup. Olympus makes many Zuiko lenses whose performance is legendary. Mounting such a lens simply requires the Olympus MFF-2 adaptor. The close relation between the Four-Thirds and Micro Four-Thirds mount means that this adaptor maximizes compatibility.

The above links lead to the specification page of each lens. Each next page describes one of these lenses in more details with a basic 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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