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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The previous best performing zoom has been pushed to second place by the new 12-40mm f2.8 Pro from Olympus. This was launched with the E-M1 and while it’s a great performer optically there’s not much between it and the slightly shorter range Panasonic.

In third place is the Panasonic’s sibling, the 35-100mm (70-200mm equivalent). Despite the longer focal lengths this model has slightly higher average peak sharpness, but at $1,300 it’s aimed at professionals and enthusiasts.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO1000209
Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.1129199
Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm / F2.8 / POWER O.I.S.13001910
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH1100159
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6700148
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 II ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.245147
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6270136
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6236136
Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.399136
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm F4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.300136
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.920136
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S.600125
Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.383126
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ499125
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II550126
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7800105
Panasonic LUMIX G Vario HD 14-140mm F4.0-5.8 ASPH850105
Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S.255105