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

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lens Recommendations
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
Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4 579 24 11
Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN A Mount 43 199 18 8
 

Although there are some very promising manual focus models available from third parties such as the Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (that we’ve not yet been able to analyze) standard lenses from the camera makers are somewhat lacking in choice but that’s likely due to the early introduction by Panasonic of the Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4. With a DxOMark lens score of 23, it’s the best performing standard lens in our database for the PEN E-P5. This high-speed 50mm f/1.4 equivalent lens is an excellent performer optically, and with a fast and smooth-focusing linear type AF motor it’s suitable for both stills and video capture. At $579 it’s not for everyone though.

Independent makes Sigma’s recently redesigned 30mm f/2.8 DN A (60mm equivalent) performs well. These DN models share the same optical design (and image circle) of Sony’s E-mount APS-C cameras and that should help maintain image quality.

It achieves a DxOMark score of 18, and an 8P-MPix score for Sharpness. Distortion and vignetting are low but unfortunately, chromatic aberration is high. Unlike their Panasonic counterparts, Olympus cameras don’t correct lateral chromatic aberration in-camera, but distortion and vignetting are, so some of these imaging characteristics may not be readily apparent.

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At f/2.8 the Leica is sharp across the field, the Sigma not so much.