If you’re looking for the best all-around zoom lens for Panasonic and Olympus micro 4/3 mirrorless cameras (Panasonic GH5, G9, G95, Olympus E-M1 Mark III, E-M5 Mark III etc.), you’re at the right spot In case you didn’t know, certain lenses may offer an additional feature or two when used with the camera body made by the same company. A typical example would be better image stabilization, although this applies only to optically stabilized lenses. Otherwise, all micro 4/3 lenses will work on any micro 4/3 mirrorless camera. With that in mind, here are our favorite all-around zoom micro 4/3 lenses:.
Best Choice – Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO
It’s not easy to choose the best all-purpose zoom lens for micro 4/3 cameras, but we ultimately went with this Olympus model because it has constant f/2.8 aperture and bigger reach than the next lens on our list (Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8). This 24-80mm equivalent lens is an excellent choice that can be used in almost any situation from street and travel photography to portraits. It’s simply a great walk-around lens.
Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO is very sharp, features durable metal construction and weather sealing. Unfortunately, it isn’t without flaws. The lens doesn’t have optical image stabilization, although Olympus cameras (as well as a lot of Panasonic micro 4/3 models) have amazing in-body image stabilization. It is also not that affordable, but high-quality lenses aren’t cheap no matter the camera system. All things considered, this is the best micro 4/3 lens that can do it all, in our opinion.
Option #2 – Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 II
This 24-70mm full-frame equivalent lens may not have less reach than the aforementioned Olympus model, but it comes with optical image stabilization that is particularly useful if your came body lacks IBIS. It also delivers smoother video, especially when used on Panasonic bodies with in-body image stabilization, as both IBIS and OIS will work together in this case.
The lens is everything you’d expect from a high-quality all-around zoom – it’s sharp, well-built, and weather resistant. We love the fact that this lens is even lighter than the Olympus model. Unfortunately, it’s basically just as expensive. Depending on your camera and needs, the Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 II may be just what you need.
Option #3 – Olympus 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO
If previously mentioned lens aren’t long enough for your needs, this 24-200mm equivalent lens may be the one for you. All-in-one lenses such as this one generally suffer from the lack of sharpness, but this isn’t the case with Olympus 12-100mm f/4 PRO. It’s surprisingly sharp throughout its range. It’s isn’t the best for low light shooting due to maximum aperture of f/4, but optical image stabilization is there to help you take sharper photos.
Unfortunately, Olympus 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO isn’t cheap. In fact, it’s the most expensive lens on this list and this is why it’s difficult to recommend it to most users. However, if you don’t like switching lenses and don’t mind the f/4 aperture, this lens could replace your entire camera bag!