In just 13 years of existence, the camera division of Panasonic has raised the Japanese brand to the rank of the brands that count in the world of photography. Panasonic was even the first brand to launch a hybrid camera in 2008, shortening the entire industry. In this article we’ll discuss about the best lenses for Panasonic camera in 2021.
Aware of the difficulty of tackling Canon and Nikon, Panasonic has partnered with Olympus around a standard called Micro 4/3. Described in its beginnings for the relatively small size of the sensor, this standard is today a success since it offers the best compromise between size/image quality. The alliance with Olympus also makes it possible to offer the largest lens range in the world of hybrids – but less important than the SLR lens of Canon and Nikon.
As for third-party manufacturers, Sigma has already launched several lenses and Tamron is about to market its first zoom lens.
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Top 10 Lenses for Panasonic Camera
Here are the most used and the best lenses for your Panasonic camera.
Compatible Devices: Panasonic G1, G2, G10, G3, G5, G6, GF1, GF2, GF3, GF5, GX1, GX7, GH1, GH2, GH3, GM1 and is Olympus Pen E-P1, PEN E-P2, Pen E-P3, Pen E-P5, Pen E-PL1, Pen E-PL1s, Pen E-PL2, Pen E-PL3, Pen E-PL5, Epn E-PL6, PEN E-PM1, PEN E-PM2, OM-D E-M5, OM-D EM1.
1. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ Lens
Although its lens quality is not far above the kit of lenses, this 12-50 mm offers a wider wide angle (24 mm instead of 28 mm), higher zoom power (100 mm instead of 84 mm), a convenient motorized mode for smooth video zooms/de-zooms and all-weather construction.
2. Panasonic 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 Power OIS
This all-purpose lens offers an x10 zoom (28-280 mm in EQ. 24 x 36) very convenient when you want to switch from wide angle to zoom lens without changing lenses. Its weight of 265 gm is also appreciated.
3. Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 and EZ
The reference zoom of the standard Micro 4/3. Offering an optical range greater than the conventional 24-70 mm (it is a 24-80 mm), it nevertheless retains a constant aperture at f/2.8 and offers, unlike the Panasonic 12-35 mm (EQ. 24-70mm), a moisture-proof and rain-proof construction.
4. Panasonic 45-150mm f/4-5.6 various OIS
For less than 250 dollars, this new entry-level telescopic zoom has been designed not to disturb video recording (HD mention) with a very quiet focus engine.
5. Panasonic 100-300mm f/4-5.6 OIS
For an affordable price (450 dollars) and a very well controlled weight (520 gm), Panasonic offers here an equivalent 200-600 mm in a lens that is less than 13 cm long. The pique is, logically strong for a zoom of such amplitude, not extraordinary, but the quality/price ratio is really exceptional.
6. Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 GX VARIO
Perfect complement to the Panasonic 12-35 mm or the Olympus 12-40 mm, this 70-200 mm equivalent is the second best zoom all categories combined just behind the 12-40 mm. Fast, well built, not very heavy (360 gm), tropicalized and very pricey it is however quite expensive about 1100 dollars.
7. Panasonic 7-14mm f/4
Compact and lightweight, this ultra-wide-angle zoom is one of the first quality lens to be launched at the Micro 4/3 standard and it’s still one of the best. But it remains expensive $900.
8. Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6
Alternative to Panasonic’s 7-14 mm, this Olympus 18-36 mm equivalent offers ultra-wide-angle zoom for less than 550 dollars. If it is a little inferior less wide-angle, less bright and plastic construction, to the Panasonic model, its price and image quality do the rest.
9. Olympus 12mm f/2
After the 75 mm f/2, it is the most stitched lens of all the standard Micro 4/3. All metal, this extra-wide-angle equivalent to 24 mm shows little distortion and offers manual/automatic mode disengagement with a simple ring movement.
10. Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro
The pique of this 120 mm (in equivalent 24×36) is good from the full opening and its feather weight makes it a macro lens that can be used at arm’s length without tripod. In addition to the macro it is also a good portrait lens, better than the 45 mm Panasonic Leica, because it’s auto focus is more responsive.
Note: the optional sliding sun visor is way too expensive.
11. Panasonic-Leica 45mm f/2.8 OIS
A little slow to make the point, this macro lens is an alternative to consider if the 120 mm focal length of the Olympus model seems a little too long.
12. Olympus 17mm f/1.7
All metal and extremely well finished, the 17 mm (34 mm equivalent) are not as sharp as the Panasonic 20 mm, but it is more durable, as rich in micro contracts and above all much faster to focus. A very good reportage lens, much less fragile than the Panasonic model.
13. Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN ART
Less bright than the Olympus 17mm, this 38mm equivalent of Sigma is on the other hand three to four times cheaper while offering very good image quality. A choice lens for all scholarships.
14. Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 DG Summilux
The only 50 mm equivalent of the standard Micro 4/3 is a very pricked lens, but a little slow in focus. Standard “Leica” obliges, the construction is impeccable, and the Pike flies from f/2.
15. Olympus 75mm f/1.8 MSC ED
Here is the most pricked lens of all Micro 4/3, the one that offers the best definition of all brands and models – the front lens, massive, speaks for itself. Equivalent to a 150 mm, this fixed zoom lens is a fatal weapon for portraits with beautiful blurred backgrounds. A jewel as good as expensive…
16. Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 and EZ
The reference zoom of the standard Micro 4/3. Offering a higher lens range than the conventional 24-70 mm (it is a 24-80 mm), however it retains a constant aperture at f/2.8 and offers a moisture and rain proof construction. If a reporter needs to leave with only one zoom, it will be with this 12-40 mm.