Recommended lens for Olympus “PEN” E-P1

by Enche Tjin on July 31, 2009

So you’ve just got the new Olympus E-P1 or PEN with kit lens Zuiko 14-42mm. What other lenses are working well with the this camera? Originally, micro four thirds only release seven lenses (with Panasonic). Well, there are infinite combination you can try because there are many adapters available. The adapter like this Olympus MF-2 OM allows you to mount over 35 four third lenses, and there are many adapter for Canon and Nikon lenses as well.

Although there are plenty of options, we need to get back to the reason why you get this camera in the first place. I bet majority of people buy this camera because of the compactness. So, the lenses should be compact as well to make the idea of having compact system realistic.

So here are the recommended lenses:

Olympus Pancake 17mm f/2.8

You can choose this pancake lens as a bundle when you buy E-P1. It is very tiny and have classic 35mm focal length that most of traditional photographer loves. It might not wide enough in tight space but it is great as walk around and as  un-intrusive candid/street photography lens. You can get a viewfinder optimized for this lens and camera.

Olympus Pancake 25mm f/2.8

This is actually Olympus 4/3 lens (not micro) so you will need an adapter. Like 17mm f/2.8, it is very compact even with the adapter mounted. The focal length of 50mm is widely popular among photographers.

Courtesy of Ken Tanaka

Olympus E-P1 with adapter and 25mm f/2.8 lens Photo courtesy of Ken Tanaka

Olympus 50mm f/2 Macro

Like above, you will need adapter to mount this lens. It is a compact lens that is very sharp. It is fun for Macro shots like flower, insects, and also great for portraits.

Panasonic 14-140mm f/4-5.8 Mega OIS HD

This lens is all purpose lens and great if you don’t like changing lenses while traveling. The auto focus is smooth and quiet, and it is optimized for Micro four thirds system for still and video recording. You might find using this lens at least 80% of the time.

I hope you enjoy the camera and lenses. Happy shooting!

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Casper October 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

If you don’t mind manual focus and aperture control, add an M42 adapter and look for:
- Takumar 50mm f/1.4
- Takumar 35mm f/2.0
When possible, get the Super Multicoated version.
Top quality lenses and pretty compact.

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