Best lenses for the 16-MPix Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7: Part 1

By Kevin Carter - Thursday December 12 2013

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Best prime lenses for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 | Best zoom lenses for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 | How does sharpness compare between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1?

The top-performing model on the GX7 is also the most expensive prime in our database, and made not Panasonic but by rival Olympus instead. The 75mm short tele has a stellar reputation and is the equivalent of a 150mm. With an f1.8 maximum aperture it’s a promising option for low light venues, indoors sports and action, as well as outdoor portraits. Although large for a MFT format lens it’s still compact with an overall length of 69mm. Wide-open on the GX7 it’s not too sharp for portraits but sharpness improves when stopped down.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8899217
Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4579196
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8389186
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8500184
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0769176
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH400176
Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN A Micro 4/3239166
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH400166
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro499156
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS668145
Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN A Mount 43199145
Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN A Mount 43199145
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f2.8300134
Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN Micro 4/3166134
Olympus 15mm 1:8.0 Body Cap7953
 

In second place is another highly respected if also somewhat expensive model, the fast standard Leica 25mm Summilux. It has very fast focusing and it’s sharp centrally from f2.0 onwards.

In third place is another highly regarded optic, the Olympus 45mm f1.8. Like the 75mm on the GX7 it has a good sharpness when stopped down from the maximum aperture. With a useful 0.5m closest focusing distance, it’s a highly attractive option for portraits. At a reasonably modest $239, Sigma’s 60mm f2.8 is another tempting alternative.

As a high speed standard, Panasonic’s upgraded 20mm f1.7 ‘pancake’ lens is another excellent performer and a popular choice. It has similar peak sharpness to the Leica 25mm ‘lux’ while being both smaller and more modestly priced. As the equivalent to a 24mm, the Olympus 12mm f2.0 is the best performing wide-angle lens in the group with a DxOMark score of 17 points and a 6P-Mpix peak sharpness.