New to M4/3....question about lens quality

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Mr. Joe, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. Mr. Joe

    Mr. Joe Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 4, 2016
    Joe Hartbank
    Hello all!
    I'm an old Canon guy who got out of photography for awhile and just decided to get back into it. I've jumped in with an EM-5. I've just picked up the 25 1.4. I've also got the 14-42 and 14-140.

    When I was on the Canon platform there was a distinct difference between the standard lens' and the "L" series. Does the M4/3 platform have something similar? I understand there is the AF/MF distinction...anything else?

  2. skellington

    skellington Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 4, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    Olympus has their "Pro" line, which are fast, weather sealed, and have very high image quality. In includes a fisheye prime, 3 zooms, and the new 300mm prime.

    Panasonic has some "Panasonic / Leica" co-branded lenses (including the PL 25 1.4 you have), as well as their f2.8 zooms that are generally fast and very high quality. (Although not all weather sealed.)

    But there are some VERY nice fast lenses by both companies (i.e. the Oly 75mm) that don't have any special designation.

    EDIT: And I should add some very nice, fast lenses that are relatively inexpensive as well, such as the Oly 45mm 1.8 and the Panasonic 42.5mm 1.7.
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  3. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Olympus has just recently released a series of Pro zooms as well as a Pro 8mm fisheye and a soon to be released 300mm Prime. Rumor has it they will be releasing some Pro quality fast weather sealed primes.
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  4. rezatravilla

    rezatravilla Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2013
    Reza Travilla
    There is "pro" series (7-14mm, 12-40mm, 40-150mm, 300mm) and the primes lenses (12mm, 17mm, 25mm, 45mm, 75mm) on Olympus."Leica" series (which you already have, Summilux, and Nocticron) and Lumix (14mm, 20mm, 12-35mm, 35-100mm etc) on Panasonic.

    Also Sigma Art series (19mm, 30mm, 60mm)

    Using m43 the Leica 25mm F1.4, Sigma art 60mm and Olympus 75mm F1.8 are my favourite lenses. Have been tried 12mm, that's also included on my next lens list because of it's sharpness quite stunning performance.

    For zoom lens my favourite is 12-40mm F2.8. But i still prefer primes lenses for enjoyment.
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  5. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    The M4/3 lenses that, in my opinion, can undoubtedly be considered the equivalents of "L" lenses for Canon are:

    Olympus 8mm/1.8
    Olympus 7-14/2.8
    Olympus 12-40/2.8
    Olympus 40-150/2.8
    Olympus 75mm/1.8
    Olympus 300mm/f4

    Panasonic 12-35mm/2.8
    Panasonic 35-100/f2.8
    Panasonic-Leica 100-400/f4-6.3
    Panasonic-Leica 42.5/1.2

    All the above lenses are built to a very high standard, and with the exception of the 75/1.8 and 42.5/1.2 which are included for sheer gobsmacking optical brilliance rivalling the output from larger formats, the other lenses listed are all weather-sealed.

    You can debate until the cows come home about what other lenses you might count in the fold. The Panasonic 7-14/f4 should probably get an honourable mention, but it is not weather-sealed. It is now a bargain though, thanks to competition from the 7-14/2.8, and it is smaller than any such ultrawide available for a competing format. Fact of the matter is, M4/3 has a large surplus of very fine lenses. Some of the less expensive primes like the P20/1.7, O25/1.8, P42.5/1.7 and O45/1.8 may not be built as nicely as the pricier lenses in the system, but they are optically very, very good and their affordable price tags beget their construction to a large extent.
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  6. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Here's how Olympus marketing classifies their lineup (zuiko digital are 4/3 zuiko lenses, m. zuiko are m4/3 lenses)

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  7. Mr. Joe

    Mr. Joe Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 4, 2016
    Joe Hartbank
    Wow! Thanks for all of the great information. This gives me a great starting point. Thanks everyone!
  8. rezatravilla

    rezatravilla Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2013
    Reza Travilla
    Agreed. When first time using 75mm F1.8 (lend by Olympus Indonesia during Olympus street photo hunting at kota Tua Jakarta), just 5 shots...5 shots...i give it back to them. It's an exceptional good poison.
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