Best lenses for the Olympus OM-D E-M1: Short telephoto and standard focal lengths

By Kevin Carter - Friday, November 29, 2013

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Any of the lenses in this category would make fine portrait lenses but we’ve elected to compare the top two performing models, and the Leica designed 45mm f2.8 on account of its field of view and additional macro capabilities.

Although it has a wide-maximum aperture the 75mm is the best optically and it’s without doubt the sharpest of the group. It’s sharp at the initial aperture and improves when stopped down – the gains being made mostly in the outer field.

However, it’s quite a large lens for an MFT model. Between the 45mm models, the Leica is the larger of the two but that’s hardly surprising given the built-in stabilization and macro capability.

It also pushes the price up considerably. Image quality is close however while the Leica has better uniformity, the Olympus has higher center sharpness. The Leica also has quite high levels of CA for a macro model but it’s unlikely to be an issue for headshots.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.88992712
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8389239
Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN A Micro 4/32392110
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro4991910
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS668188
 

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 vs Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8 vs Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS