Best lenses for the Olympus OM-D EM-1: Wide angle and telephoto zooms and primes

By Kevin Carter - Monday December 02 2013

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Best wide-angle primes for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Best wide-angle zoom lenses for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Best trans-standard zoom lenses for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Best telephoto zoom lenses for the Olympus OM-D E-M1

With similar field angles to a full-frame 600mm at their longest these models could never be replicated in size for APS-C cameras such the Sony NEX or Samsung NX. The Panasonic is the heaviest at 520g and that model includes built-in stabilization. Neither of the Olympus models needs it on the firm’s bodies but it’s worth bearing in mind if you’re reading this as a Panasonic Lumix owner.

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S.600125
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II550126
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7800105
 

The original 75-300mm looked overpriced when Panasonic launched their 100-300mm and so Olympus responded quickly with the mark II version, undercutting the price of their rival but also outdoing both optically.

It has the highest peak sharpness of the three and the best uniformity but the Panasonic is brighter by a half-stop throughout the zoom range when measured. Other than that all three have low lateral chromatic aberration, negligible distortion and, as you might expect, low vignetting at maximum aperture.

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. vs Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II vs Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7

If you have an Olympus OM-D EM-1 and a favorite lens, we would very much like to hear from you. Please leave a comment below, stating what lens it is and why you like it.