Best lenses for your Olympus PEN E-P5: Zooms and PrimesBy Kevin Carter - Tuesday August 27 2013 Lens Recommendations
We’ve yet to assess the range of Olympus ‘starter’ kit lenses on the PEN E-P5, however, if you’re looking to replace it with a faster (brighter) model then there is just one lens currently offered, the Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm (24-70mm equivalent) f2.8 ASPH Power OIS from Panasonic.
At $1,100 it’s hardly surprising to see it sits at the top of the four models we’ve have analysed so far. Although quite a large and heavy lens this stabilised zoom has very good image quality throughout the range with optimal performance being achieved at 25mm at f/4.
If portability is important, Panasonic’s ‘pancake’ zoom; the $399 Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II ASPH Mega OIS is light in weight (95g) and tiny when stored (just 27mm in length) though it extends on powering up. Bear in mind it’s video-oriented with a power-zoom feature (like the $499 Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ) and a manual focus lever.