In anticipation for the E-M1, looking for recommendations for 4/3 lenses.

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by jpark1982, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. jpark1982

    jpark1982 Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 3, 2013
    I've never shot 4/3 before so I'm kinda new to which lenses are gems and which are duds. Obviously if there's a cheaper, smaller, or equivalent m4/3 lens I'd rather have that one, but I'm looking for some affordable 4/3 options to look out for and acquire in anticipation for the E-M1. I've already identified one, the 50-200 f2.8-3.5 which seems to go for around $500-700. Also looking at the 11-22 as well which seems to go for around the same. The standard zooms (12-60 and 14-50s) Im just going to get the new 12-40. I'd like to get these before the prices start to creep up. Sure I'd love to get SHG lenses but they don't seem cost/weight effective enough. Any other worthwhile options to look at under $1k each?
  2. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 26, 2011
    Shasta Cascade
    35-100? Little over $1k.
  3. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    I have two copies of the ZD 50mm f2 Macro. This lens is apparently a classic for 4/3. I use it on my m4/3 and it focuses fast enough for me. The colors are great and it is sharp.

    It may be hyperbole, but I have read that Olympus uses it as a reference lens to judge other lenses.

    Anyway, definitely appears to be a classic for 4/3 users and m4/3 users with older cameras that can put up with a little focus delay.

    With the 45's available along with the 60mm macro, one could argue that the lens is not needed. For me, it is worth having around as a good High Grade Olympus lens. When I shoot with it, I feel like I am getting the most I can out of my camera.
  4. stripedrex

    stripedrex Do or do not. There is no try.

    Jun 8, 2012
    Long Island, NY
  5. jeffryscott

    jeffryscott Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 2, 2010
    Any of the HG or SHG lenses are fabulous. I honestly don't think there is a dud among them.

    My personal favorites were the 11-22 and 50-200. The 14-54 is fabulous, just not my favorite zoom range. The 50 macro is one of the sharpest lenses ever made and the SHG lenses like the 35-100 2 etc ... are legendary (and expensive.)
  6. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    The 35 mm macro is cheap but has very good image quality, add that to your list.
  7. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    I've been looking into buying some of these over the last year or so and I've noticed the eBay prices for Four Thirds lenses already starting to go up this past week.

    Be careful with shopping for the 50-200 as there are two versions and the later SWD version is typically priced much higher, so the $500 price point may not be the one you really want.
  8. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Lenses to buy:


    14-54 or 14-54ii 2.8 to 3.5 (if you are going to get the E-M1, then the 14-54 is fine unless you want live view). If you have the E-M5 the ii is the one to get. (Faster through the range than the 12-60). You can use this without the HLD-6.

    12-60 2.8-4 is fantastic but quite a bit bigger and heavier. Stats aside this is a much more substantial feeling lens. You really need the HLD-6 on the E-M5 for this lens. This lens only comes in the SWD mechanically coupled focus.

    50-200 2.8-3.5, there is really no lens in the m43 range that comes anywhere close to this. There are two versions, SWD and non SWD. If you are using it with C-AF I would get the non SWD version. The SWD version offers faster focus with PDAF but no tele large (ie heavy element) lens is super fast. The 75-300 m43 which is small and light is pretty darn fast. Personally I would not bother with the 50-200SWD but I know what I want. You need the grip with the 50-200, the full one with the portrait grip is great.

    1.4 TC with any of these lenses. 40% more reach 1 stop slower and full AF/Aperture/EXIF. Very sharp. Well worth it. Pushes the 200 to 280mm, and the 54 to 76.


    14-35 f2, 35-100 f2, 90-250 f2.8 are all huge, really great lenses but huge.

    The 150f2 is the only one that really interests me. It is roughly the same size as the 50-200, it is fast and sharp and can be used with the 1.4 TC. The only reason I have not bought one is the upcoming 150 Panny which with luck will be smaller and lighter.

    What I think it boils down to is will you buy an E-M1? If you do the big 4/3 zooms are a great choice. Big fast zooms are not small.

    If you are going to keep the E-M5 (or a Panny body), the 14-54ii, or the 12-40 and the 150 prime are all solid choices.
  9. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    I received an interesting e-mail from Amazon this morning listing all of their Four Thirds Lenses. No special pricing, just promoting Four Thirds Lenses again.
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