Best lenses for your Olympus PEN E-P5: Zooms and PrimesBy Kevin Carter - Tuesday August 27 2013 Lens Recommendations
Wide angle primes
|Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8||500||22||7|
|Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0||769||21||10|
|Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f2.8||300||15||7|
|Olympus 15mm 1:8.0 Body Cap||79||6||3|
Wide angle zooms
|Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH||1100||15||10|
|Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6||700||15||9|
While we’ve yet to analyse the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f1.7 models or the 14mm f2.5, the best performing prime in the database is the new $500 Olympus 17mm (35mm equivalent) f1.8 with a DxOMark lens score of 22 points. If image sharpness alone is the most important criteria, with a P-MPix score of 10 the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm (24mm) f/2.0 is the highest performing of those tested. Although the 17mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.8 is one and a third stop faster than the f/2.8 version its overall sharpness is similar.
Another option to consider is the ultra-wide Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm (14-28mm equivalent) f/4 ASPH zoom. At just $1,000 it’s not exactly cheap but with a f/4 maximum aperture it remains highly portable and with a 10P-Mpix sharpness score it’s an very good performer optically.
Like most zooms better results can be seen at the shorter end but it compares favourably with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 in sharpness at 12mm (albeit with not quite the same edge-to-edge performance).