Best lenses for the Olympus OM-D EM-10: Standard and Short telephoto primes and zooms

By Kevin Carter - Monday June 16 2014

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Best lenses for the Olympus OM-D EM-10: Standard and Short telephoto primes and zooms

We’ve analyzed the image quality of 33 lens models, around 70% of the current range using the native MFT mount, on the new Olympus OM-D EM-10. Read on to find out which of those lenses perform best and which, if any, you should try and avoid when paired with the new camera.

Following the mid-range E-M5 and high-end E-M1, Olympus introduced the E-M10 as the new entry-level model of the enthusiasts OM-D line. It shares a number of features from both the E-M1 and E-M5, such as a stabilized 16-Mpix MOS type sensor, EVF and touch-sensitive tilting rear LCD and introduces a few of its own over the mid-range E-M5 such as Wi-Fi and a built-in flash. Although the metal body resembles the pricier E-M5 with its twin control dials and angular lines, it lacks that model’s weatherproofing. That and the 3-axis (instead of 5-axis) stabilization are the only real concessions over the E-M5. As well as a 1/4000th sec shutter speed (with 1/200th sec sync) it can shoot a burst of 20 raw images at up to 8 fps, or 3.5 fps with continuous AF. 

For this round up on the E-M10, we’ve analyzed the optical performance of over 30 different native Micro Four Thirds models from both Olympus and Panasonic, as well as some models from third-party makers. We’ve examined a total of 18 zooms, including the new high-grade M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 Pro zoom from Olympus and 17 fixed focal length models, including the modestly priced trio of DN Art series lenses from Sigma and the new $1,600 Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 ASPH lens from Panasonic. 

Best prime lenses for the Olympus OM-D EM-10

Best zoom lenses for the Olympus OM-D EM-10

Best standard prime lenses for the Olympus OM-D EM-10

Best standard zoom lenses for the Olympus OM-D EM-10

Best portrait type lenses for the Olympus OM-D EM-10

See also: Best lenses for the Olympus OM-D EM-10: Wide-angle primes and telephoto zooms