Best lenses for your Olympus PEN E-P5: Zooms and Primes

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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Introduction | Best performing standard lenses for the PEN E-P5 | Best performing standard zoom lenses for the PEN E-P5 | Best performing wide-angle primes and zooms for the PEN E-P5 | Best performing telephoto primes and zooms for the PEN E-P5
Best lenses for your Olympus PEN E-P5: Zooms and Primes

The depth of high quality primes and zooms for the PEN is, arguably, the most compelling reason to invest in the Micro Four Thirds system over rival mirrorless camera offerings. If you’re already a PEN E-P5 owner or you’re looking for advice or insights in lens performance in advance, this guide will aid you in making the right choice. Read onto find out which lens models in the range perform best optically.

Externally, with its stepped metal top plate and concealed screws the Olympus PEN E-P5 bears the closest resemblance yet to its film-era predecessors of the 60’s. Internally, as you might expect, the camera couldn’t be more different. Like the vaunted OM-D E-M5, the latest PEN has a 16-Mpix LMOS type sensor mounted on a stabilized platform that helps reduce blur from camera shake on 5 axes, as well as continuous shooting at up to 9fps.

The new model even adds some features that the OM-D lacks such as a focus peaking, a new mechanical shutter with a top speed of 1/8000th sec (very useful shooting wide-open at f/1.4 or 1.8), and built-in flash and WiFi. It also boasts a new optionally available articulated electronic viewfinder (EVF), the $279 VF-4, which has a higher resolution (2.36 million dot) and a larger, magnified view for improved clarity.

Of course the camera is just a part of the system; the lens is arguably the more important and should be considered as a longer-term investment. We’ve analyzed 22 lens models from Olympus, Panasonic and Sigma, and while we’ve not covered every model available it’s still an extensive range from which to make a considered choice.

Best performing standard lenses for the PEN E-P5

Best performing standard zoom lenses for the PEN E-P5

Best performing wide-angle primes and zooms for the PEN E-P5

Best performing telephoto primes and zooms for the PEN E-P5