Best micro-43 lenses for professionals
Absolute top quality micro-43 lenses
After the best micro-43 lenses for starters and the best micro-43 lenses for amateur photographers, we now point our attention to professional photographers. Ever-more professionals are convinced of the high image quality of bright micro-43 lenses. And the number of lenses sealed against dust and splashwater and micro-43 telephoto lenses is still growing. That micro-43 lenses are still compact and light, certainly in comparison with professional lenses for SLR cameras, also makes them extra attractive. Which set of micro-43 lenses should a professional choose?
Best micro-43 lenses for professionals:
Micro-43: Time to switch?
Micro-43 has developed in a couple of years into a platform that, since the introduction of the Panasonic GH4 and the Olympus OM-D EM1 of sufficiently high quality to satisfy even the most demanding professional. The lens selection of good micro-43 lenses is so great that there is a suitable lens to recommend for most applications for professionals. Only if you are searching for a professional micro-43 telephoto lens focal point above 300 mm (converted to a camera with a full-frame sensor), then we still owe you an answer. We are very curious about the professional 300 mm telephoto that Olympus is releasing this year.
In "How do I choose a lens? Subjective roadmap for purchasing a lens," we have explained the criteria that we have used for the choice of the perfect lens for—in this case—a professional micro-43 camera. Lenses for professional photographers is perhaps a concept that does not completely cover it. We mean in this case the lenses in which we have found, without compromise, the very highest build and image quality, without bothering about weight, dimensions or purchase price, since these properties are less decisive for professional photographers than build and image quality. It goes without saying that these "professional lenses" are also a very attractive option for ambitious amateur photographers.
|The Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 is such a good lens that shows that you can take professional-quality shots with the micro-43 system. Our review shows that these bright, robust, dust- and splashwater-tight micro-43 zoom lenses can be a high-quality alternative for a much larger and more expensive 24-70 mm f/2.8 zoom lens. The sharpness is already very high starting at f/2.8 from center to corners. The bokeh is a bit less woolly than that of an f/2.8 lens on a camera with a full-frame sensor, but as a counterweight, there is a very great insensitivity to flare, low chromatic aberration and a high sharpness in the corners at full aperture. Absolutely recommended.|
|We count all zoom lenses with a zoom range of 5 or more as the super zooms. If you choose a micro-43 camera with a super zoom because of video, then choose the most recent Panasonic 14-140 mm. In this category, we still have some homework to do, because this is a lens that will not fulfill the build and image quality requirements of all professionals. But you do have a small and silent lens with which you can shoot video very well. Therefore, this lens will also be sold as a kit lens with the Panasonic GH4. A review of the newest Olympus 40-150 mm Pro zoom, which is extra well sealed against dust and splashwater, will appear shortly. We are very curious about the image quality.|
|We have not yet found any micro-43 macro lens that is extra well sealed against dust and splashwater. Thus, where the build quality is concerned, there remains something to be desired for the professional where macro lenses are concerned. But as far as image quality is concerned, it's another story. |
The Panasonic 45 mm f/2.8 macro and the Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 macro lenses are both outstanding lenses, as it appears from our test results. Our choice for the best macro lens falls on the Olympus, in particular because it is easier with a longer focal distance to photograph living subjects (the bees on the flowers), because, thanks to the longer focal distance, you are somewhat further away from your subject. If that is not a point for you, then both the Panasonic 45 mm and the Olympus 60 mm macro are recommended.