Recommended Lenses for Olympus OMD EM5

by Enche Tjin on August 20, 2012

Olympus OMD EM5 is a very good camera. But you’ll need lens to bring out the best of the new 16 mp sensor. These are those lenses. Many lenses are from Panasonic. Don’t worry about it because they belong to the same micro four thirds system, so they are perfectly compatible. The nice thing is all the lenses got stabilizated because EM5 have 5 axis stabilization.

panasonic-7-14mm-f4Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 $1100

7-14mm is a super wide angle lens with relatively big aperture. It is great for landscape photos. It will give you the three dimensional look. With Olympus built-in stabilization and big aperture, shooting without tripod in night scene will be possible to yield good image.

Panasonic-12-35mm-f28Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 $1300

This lens might be your favorite walk around lens. It is quite wide and can reach quite far. Great for general purpose: landscape, portrait, street scenes, events, etc. Because it has pretty big aperture of f/2.8, you can use it in dark environment without much problem.

olympus-45mm-f18Olympus 45mm f/1.8 $400

This lens has been receiving awards from many journalists. It is great as portrait lens because the big aperture allow defocus/blured background. It’s relatively small but feels very high quality and relatively inexpensive.

panasonic-100-300mmPanasonic 100-300mm f/4-5.6 $700

If you love wildlife or shooting sports ocassionally, don’t forget to bring this lens. It’s quite big and long compare to the small body, but the reach of this lens will amaze you. This lens will has OIS (lens stabilization that effectively reduce shakiness.

panasonic-45mm-macroPanasonic 45mm f/2.8 Macro Leica $800

This lens is great for close-up photography such as food photography, portrait, still life, etc. It is a Panasonic-Leica lens, so you can expect very sharp images come out of your OMD.

That’s all folk. You can get your lenses from Amazon, they have a very competitive price and great service. I hope this can help you and have fun making pictures with the lenses!

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David Lin August 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Excellent pool of great MFT lenses. No doubt. Thanks Enche. For those of us who cannot justify spending thousands on lenses, would you be willing to do another list that focuses on inexpensive or cheapo MFT lenses? (No standard four thirds on adapters). That will be very interesting indeed.

Enche Tjin August 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Yes sure. :)

alberto August 28, 2012 at 6:58 am

It ’s strange for me not to see in your list Olympus 12mm and Panasonic 20mm who enjoy a good reputation. Can you say something about it? Thank you.

Enche Tjin August 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm

@alberto thx for the comment. Both lenses that you mention are a very good lenses. But i feel 12-35mm f/2.8 will be sufficient and more flexible.

Gary Tyson September 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I have the Olympus 12mm and Olympus 75mm lenses and use them extensively in addition to the 20mm, 25mm Panasonic Leica and 45mm. If anyone wants to view images from any of the those mentioned lenses, I shoot portraits and street photograph with the OMD around Asia, specifically Hong Kong, Cambodia and Phillipines. A link to my blog featuring this camera can be found here:

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