|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|
|Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8||899||27||12|
|Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8||389||23||9|
|Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN A Micro 4/3||239||21||10|
|Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro||499||19||11|
|Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS||668||18||9|
Without doubt the highest performing telephoto lens in our database on the E-P5 is the $899 75mm f/1.8. Not only does it have a fast maximum aperture and fabulous build quality it has excellent sharpness from full aperture. However, it isn’t exactly accessibly priced and as the equivalent to 150mm (on a 35mm DSLR) it’s a somewhat odd focal length. A far more portable and less pricey option is the Olympus 45mm (90mm equivalent) f/1.8. At $389 it performs very well with low vignetting and CA but it can’t quite match the 75mm in sharpness (either at full aperture or even when stopped down). At $239, the Sigma 60mm f/2.8 is good value but it’s one and a third stops slower and with a similar angle of view to a 120mm it’s perhaps a bit long for indoor portraits.
We’ve yet to assess many of the Olympus telephoto zooms on the PEN E-P5 but out of the Panasonic models the semi-pro grade Lumix G Vario 35-100mm (70-200mm) f/2.8 Mega OIS is the best performer optically. This stabilised and weather-proof model is far above other telephoto-zoom models in optical quality, with it approaching the performance of some primes.
|Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm / F2.8 / POWER O.I.S.||1300||19||10|
|Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6||236||13||7|
|Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm F4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.||300||13||6|
|Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S.||600||12||6|
|Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.||383||12||6|
|Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II||550||12||6|
|Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S.||255||11||5|
|Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7||800||10||5|
At $1,300 it is a serious investment but sharpness is excellent at all full aperture, except at the 100mm focal length where even at that setting by f4 it has improved considerably across the field.
Best value of those tested is, arguably, the Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6. At $255 it’s on a par optically with more pricey offerings and yet offers a versatile range of focal lengths and as with others from Panasonic it has image-stabilization. Whether this option is useful with the excellent built-in stabilisation of the PEN E-P5 is debatable, but at least you have the choice.
If you have an Olympus PEN E-P5 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.