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MFT Lenses - existing & upcoming

Since the launch of the Panasonic G1 in 2008, the Micro Four Thirds system has been growing dynamically. Increasingly more sophisticated and feature-rich cameras have been released, and a comprehensive set of interchangeable lenses has built up. Indeed, approximately 100 lenses with a native mFT mount are available by now (see the compendium table below). About 60 optics from Olympus, Panasonic, Kodak, Sigma and Tamron support autofocus operation, while the manual focus lenses often serve specialty applications, such as the Nokton series of ultra-fast primes from Voigtländer, the 24mm Tilt/Shift lens from Samyang, or the 300mm mirror lens from Tokina. In addition, all the lenses that had been released for the Four Thirds system can be mounted and operated on mFT cameras with the help of an FT to MFT adapter.

Even though the lens catalog appears rather comprehensive already, it continues to expand. Throughout the development of mFT, Olympus and Panasonic have been providing guidance to photographers on upcoming lens releases by publishing, respectively, an M.Zuiko roadmap and a Lumix roadmap. In addition, news websites, such as 43rumors.com, regularly relay information on lens announcements for m43, including from third party manufacturers. Below is a snapshot of recent releases and announcements.

New MFT lenses

19 Sep

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4

panasonic leica 50 200mm 28
  • Leica-branded tele-photo zoom for MFT
  • 100-400mm equivalent focal length
  • Power-OIS
  • Currently under development
19 Sep

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4

panasonic leica 12 60mm 28
  • Leica-branded standard zoom for MFT
  • 24-120mm equivalent focal length
  • Power-OIS
  • Currently under development
19 Sep

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4

panasonic leica 8 18mm 28 4
  • Leica-branded wide-angle zoom for MFT
  • 16-36mm equivalent focal length
  • Currently under development
19 Sep

Olympus 4/12-100mm IS PRO

olympus mzd 12 100mm 40
  • Zoom with focal length of 24-200mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Rounded Seven-Blade Diaphragm
  • Aspherical and Low Dispersion Elements
  • ZERO Coating and Z Coating Nano
  • MSC High-Speed Imager AF System
  • Five-Axis Sync Image Stabilization
  • MF Clutch, Lens Function Button
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Front filter: E72
  • Weight: 561 g
  • Length: 116.5 mm
  • Maximum diamter: 77.5 mm
  • Available from November 2016
  • Launch price: $1,299
  • Street price: check availability at Amazon
19 Sep

Olympus 1.2/25mm PRO

olympus mzd 25mm 12
  • Fast standard prime lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Four High Refractive Index Elements
  • MSC High-Speed Imager AF System
  • Internal Focusing, MF Clutch
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Front filter: E62
  • Weight: 410 g
  • Length: 87 mm
  • Maximum diamter: 70 mm
  • Available from October 2016
  • Launch price: $1,199
  • Street price: check availability at Amazon
19 Sep

Olympus 3.5/30mm Macro

olympus mzd 30mm 35
  • Macro lens with a focal length of 60mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Two Aspherical Elements, One EDA Element
  • Maximum Magnification: 1.25x
  • Minimum focus distance of 9.5cm
  • Front filter: E46
  • Weight: 128 g
  • Length: 60 mm
  • Maximum diamter: 57 mm
  • Available from October 2016
  • Launch Price: $299
  • Street Price: check latest offers at Amazon
Aug 2016

Meyer Trimagon 95mm f/2.6

meyer trimagon 95mm
  • Revitalized design generating soft bokeh
  • Manual focus
  • 190mm equivalent portrait-lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.6 to f/22
  • 15 aperture blades with special coating
  • Three lens elements in three groups
  • Front filter: E52
  • Full aluminium body
  • Launch price: €1,599
  • Further info from Meyer Optik Görlitz
15 June

Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4

panasonic leica 12mm 14
  • Leica-branded large-aperture wide-angle
  • 24mm equivalent focal length
  • Aperture ring
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • 15 Elements in 12 Groups
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • One ED Element, Two UED Elements
  • Weather-Resistant Construction
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.20m
  • Filter Size: 62mm
  • Length: 70mm
  • Diameter: 70mm
  • Weight: 335g
  • Launch Price: $1,299
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
June 2016

Meyer Trioplan 100mm f/2.8

meyer trioplan 100mm
  • Revitalized design generating soap bubble bokeh
  • Manual focus
  • 200mm equivalent portrait lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three lens elements in three groups
  • Use of high-end coated Schott glass
  • Full aluminium body
  • Launch price: €1,399
  • Street price: check availability at Amazon

Schneider-Kreuznach had joined the Four Thirds consortium in 2011 and announced that it would start producing lenses for mFT. Indeed, the company presented prototypes of three primes at the Photokina imaging fair in 2012. In particular, it promised to commercialize a Super-Angulon 14mm f/2 wide-angle lens, a Xenon 30mm f/1.4 standard prime, and a Makro-Symmar 60mm f/2.4 macro. However, in July 2015, Schneider's management reported that it would no longer pursue the development of its mFT lenses as part of a strategic re-orientation of the company.

Schneider-MFT
Prototypes of Schneider lenses for MFT[schneider]

Carl Zeiss is another Germany-based optics manufacturer that is a member of the Four Thirds consortium. Yet to date, the company has only produced Cine lenses in MFT mount (see here on ebay). Zeiss has not excluded, though, that it might at a later time also launch products for the still photo market.

The compendium below lists all available photography lenses with a fixed mFT-mount. If a lens design is sold under different brands, it is only included once in the listing. For example, many of Samyang's optics are also sold as Rokinon, ProOptik or Walimex lenses, but are solely represented as Samyang in the table. Similarly, the Nocturnus 0.95/35mm and 0.95/42.5mm lenses by Meyer Optik Görlitz seem largely identical to the Mitakon Speedmaster optics and are in the listing covered as such.

Headline Specifications of Micro Four Thirds Lenses
Fisheye Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fisheye MF no no 48.3 60.0 190 2012 299 latest check
Olympus ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO AF no YES 80.0 62.0 314 2015 999 latest check
Panasonic FE 8mm f/3.5 AF no no 51.7 60.7 165 2010 799 latest check
Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-Eye CS II MF no no 99.9 77.8 440 2012 329 latest check
Olympus 9mm f/8 Fish-Eye Body Cap Lens MF no no 12.7 55.9 30 2014 99 latest check
Rokinon 9mm f/8 MF no no 57.0 65.0 220 2014 249 latest check
Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS FISH-EYE MF no no 97.5 77.3 520 2014 499 latest check
Wideangle Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Olympus ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO AF no YES 106.0 79.0 534 2015 1299 latest check
Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 AF no no 83.0 70.0 300 2009 1099 latest check
Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8 MF 86 no 86.8 71.5 440 2015 1199 latest check
Olympus 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 MSC AF 52 no 49.5 56.5 155 2010 699 latest check
Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS MF no no 130.9 87.0 620 2013 599 latest check
Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 MF 72 no 82.0 77.0 586 2014 1099 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH AF 62 YES 70.0 70.0 335 2016 1299 latest check
Kowa Prominar 12mm f/1.8 MF 72 no 90.5 76.4 475 2015 999 latest check
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 MSC AF 46 no 43.0 56.0 130 2011 799 latest check
Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS MF 67 no 57.9 72.5 255 2014 349 latest check
Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 AF 46 no 20.5 55.5 55 2010 399 - check
Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 II AF 46 no 20.5 56.0 55 2014 399 latest check
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC MF no no 120.9 87.0 570 2010 399 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH AF 46 no 36.0 58.0 115 2014 599 latest check
Olympus 15mm f/F8.0 Body Cap Lens MF no no 9.0 56.0 22 2012 49 latest check
Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS MF 77 no 114.2 83.0 610 2013 399 latest check
Olympus 17mm f/1.8 AF 46 no 36.0 58.0 120 2012 499 latest check
Olympus 17mm f/2.8 Pancake AF 37 no 22.0 57.0 71 2009 299 latest check
Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 MF 58 no 80.0 63.0 540 2012 1299 latest check
Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN AF 46 no 45.7 60.6 140 2012 199 - check
Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN Art AF 46 no 45.7 60.8 160 2013 199 latest check
Standard Zooms Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega-OIS AF 37 no 24.0 56.0 70 2013 439 latest check
Panasonic X 12-35mm f/2.8 Power OIS AF 58 YES 68.0 74.0 305 2012 1299 latest check
Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO AF 62 YES 84.0 70.0 382 2013 999 latest check
Kodak 12-45mm f/3.5-6.3 ASPH ED AF 49 no 63.0 58.1 183 2014 99 latest check
Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ AF 52 YES 83.0 57.0 211 2011 499 latest check
Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Power OIS AF 58 YES 71.0 66.0 210 2016 499 latest check
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 AF 40.5 no 43.5 62.0 150 2009 199 - check
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II MSC AF 37 no 50.0 56.5 112 2010 199 - check
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R AF 37 no 50.0 56.5 112 2011 299 latest check
Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ AF 37 no 23.0 61.0 91 2014 249 latest check
Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS AF 52 no 63.6 60.6 165 2010 199 - check
Panasonic HD PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Power-OIS X AF 37 no 27.0 61.0 95 2011 399 latest check
Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II AF 46 no 49.0 56.0 110 2013 249 latest check
Panasonic 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 OIS AF 52 no 60.0 60.0 195 2008 349 latest check
Superzoom Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Olympus ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO AF 72 YES 116.5 77.5 561 2016 1299 latest check
Panasonic 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power-OIS AF 58 no 75.0 67.0 265 2013 699 latest check
Panasonic HD 14-140mm f/4-5.8 OIS AF 62 no 84.0 70.0 460 2009 849 latest check
Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III AF 52 no 80.0 64.0 285 2014 589 latest check
Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 MSC AF 58 no 83.0 63.5 260 2010 599 - check
Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 II AF 58 YES 83.0 63.5 285 2015 599 latest check
Standard Primes Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 ASPH AF 46 no 26.0 63.0 100 2009 399 - check
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH AF 46 no 26.0 63.0 87 2013 429 latest check
Samyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS MF 58 no 66.4 64.3 285 2015 499 latest check
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC MF 77 no 122.3 83.0 585 2011 599 latest check
Mitakon Freewalker 24mm f/1.7 MF 49 no 55.0 61.5 246 2014 349 latest check
Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt/Shift MF 82 no 134.0 86.0 730 2012 999 latest check
Meike 25mm f/0.95 MF 55 no 101.0 64.0 540 2016 659 latest check
Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 MF 43 no 45.0 60.0 230 2015 399 latest check
Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 MF 52 no 70.0 58.4 410 2010 1125 - check
Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95 II MF 52 no 70.0 60.6 435 2014 949 latest check
Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO AF 62 YES 87 70 410 2016 1199 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH AF 46 no 54.5 63.0 200 2011 599 latest check
Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 ASPH AF 46 no 52.0 61.0 125 2015 249 latest check
Kowa Prominar 25mm f/1.8 MF 55 no 94.0 60.0 400 2015 899 latest check
Olympus 25mm f/1.8 AF 46 no 41.0 56.0 136 2014 399 latest check
Meike 28mm f/2.8 MF 49 no 29.0 60.4 102 2016 89 latest check
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN C AF 52 no 73.3 64.8 265 2016 339 latest check
Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN AF 47 no 38.6 60.6 135 2012 199 - check
Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN Art AF 46 no 40.5 60.8 140 2013 199 latest check
Macro Lenses Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Yasuhara Nanoha x5 f/11 - no no 84.0 61.0 310 2011 499 latest check
Panasonic Macro 30mm F2.8 ASPH Mega OIS AF 46 no 64.0 59.0 180 2015 399 latest check
Olympus ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro AF 46 no 60.0 57.0 128 2016 299 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 OIS AF 46 no 63.0 62.5 225 2009 899 latest check
Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro AF 46 YES 82.0 56.0 186 2012 499 latest check
Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO MF 67 no 147.9 72.5 725 2015 599 latest check
Tele Primes Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Panasonic 12.5mm f/12 3D AF no no 20.5 57.0 45 2010 249 latest check
Jackar Snapshooter 34mm f/1.8 MF 37 no 53.0 48.0 145 2012 190 latest check
Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 MF 58 no 82.0 64.0 680 2013 750 latest check
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC MF 77 no 136.3 83.0 730 2011 599 latest check
Meike 35mm f/1.7 MF 49 no 41.0 60.5 176 2016 89 latest check
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MF 37 no 40.0 .. 300 2010 139 latest check
Handevision Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 MF 67 no 128.0 74.0 1200 2014 2080 latest check
Voigtlander Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 MF 58 no 75.0 64.0 571 2013 999 latest check
Mitakon Speedmaster 42.5mm f/1.2 MF 49 no 52.5 60.0 310 2014 359 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 OIS AF 67 no 77.0 74.0 425 2014 1599 latest check
Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH Power OIS AF 37 no 50.0 55.0 130 2015 399 latest check
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 MSC AF 37 no 46.0 56.0 116 2011 399 latest check
SLR Magic 50mm f/0.95 Hyperprime MF 62 no 80.0 .. 490 2013 1199 latest check
Samyang 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC CS MF 62 no 73.0 67.5 375 2015 549 latest check
Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC MF 77 no 99.5 81.6 555 2014 499 latest check
Meike 50mm f/2.0 MF 49 no 41.0 60.5 188 2016 89 latest check
Photex MC 50mm f/2 Tilt-Shift MF 46 no .. .. 270 2010 265 latest check
Lensbaby Velvet 56 f/1.6 MF 62 no 94.0 72.0 400 2015 499 latest check
Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN Art AF 46 no 55.5 60.8 190 2013 239 latest check
Olympus 75mm f/1.8 AF 58 no 69.0 64.0 305 2012 899 latest check
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC MF 72 no 99.5 78.0 565 2013 399 latest check
Samyang 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC MF 77 no 146.9 82.0 840 2015 599 latest check
Olympus 300mm f/4 IS Pro AF 77 YES 227 92.5 1475 2016 2499 latest check
Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS MF 58 no 72.6 64.5 310 2013 299 latest check
Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 MF Macro MF 55 no 66.0 55.0 298 2012 369 latest check
Kodak 400mm f/6.7 Fieldscope MF 67 no .. .. 601 2014 199 latest check
Tele Zooms Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Panasonic X 35-100mm f/2.8 Power OIS AF 58 YES 99.9 67.4 360 2012 1499 latest check
Panasonic 35-100mm f/4-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS AF 46 no 50.0 56.0 135 2014 399 latest check
Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro AF 72 YES 160.0 79.0 880 2014 1499 latest check
Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 MSC AF 58 no 86.0 64.0 190 2010 329 - check
Olympus 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R AF 58 no 86.0 64.0 190 2011 329 latest check
Kodak 42.5-160mm f/3.9-5.9 AF 49 no 80.4 58.7 205 2014 149 latest check
Panasonic Lumix G 45-150mm f/4-5.6 OIS AF 52 no 73.0 62.0 200 2012 299 latest check
Panasonic HD PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 Power-OIS X AF 46 no 90.0 61.6 210 2011 449 latest check
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 OIS AF 52 no 100.0 70.0 380 2008 349 latest check
Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 MSC AF 58 no 116.0 70.0 430 2010 899 - check
Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II AF 58 no 117.0 69.0 423 2013 549 latest check
Panasonic 100-300mm f/4-5.6 OIS AF 67 no 126.0 73.6 520 2010 599 latest check
Panasonic Leica DG 100-400mm f/4-6.3 Power-OIS AF 72 YES 172.0 83.0 985 2016 1499 latest check

Because of the relatively short flange-focal distance of MFT, lenses produced for many other mounts can be used on mFT-cameras via suitable adapters. The latter can be readily found on ebay. However, when using legacy lenses on mFT, one often looses out on some of the key advantages of the system, notably the compact size and light weight of native lenses.

Further Reading

As mentioned earlier, all Four Thirds lenses can be mounted on m43 cameras. Corresponding adapters are available from Olympus, Panasonic, or third party manufacturers. Moreover, if you are interested in how a particular camera-lens combination will look like, check out the simulation tool at four-thirds.org.