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

By Kevin Carter - Friday November 29 2013

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Best prime lenses for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Best zoom lenses for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Best portrait type lenses for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Best standard prime lenses for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Best standard zoom lenses for the Olympus OM-D E-M1

With a convincing lead of three points over the next best lens in our database of MFT primes, the top-performing model is the M.Zuiko Digital 75mm f1.8 with a DxOMark lens score of 27 points and a 12-P-Mpix sharpness score. With the 2x crop factor of MFT sensors this unmatched model is the equivalent to a 150mm – considered slightly too long for indoor portraits but there should be no concerns outdoors or when used for indoor sports.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.88992712
Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.45792411
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8389239
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.07692210
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH4002211
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8500227
Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN A Micro 4/32392110
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH4002110
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro4991910
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS668188
Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN A Mount 43199187
Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN A Mount 43199188
Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN Micro 4/3166166
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f2.8300156
Olympus 15mm 1:8.0 Body Cap7953
 

Ranked second in our database on the E-M1 is the Leica-designed fast standard 25mm f1.4 with its distinctive look, high peak sharpness and an excellent overall DxOMark score of 24 points.

In third place is the modestly priced M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8. This tiny little model is highly regarded as a portrait lens and is quite sharp when stopped down to f2.8.