If you’re looking for the best budget macro 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. As you might know, some micro 4/3 lenses may offer some additional features when you use them with a camera body made by the same company. For example, image stabilization may be better because IBIS and optical image stabilization are able to work together. Of course, this applies to lenses that are optically stabilized. Otherwise, all micro 4/3 lenses will work on any micro 4/3 mirrorless camera. With that said, here are our favorite budget macro lenses for micro 4/3 cameras:
Best Choice – Olympus 30mm f/3.5 Macro
Not only is this Olympus macro lens quite affordable, but it also offers 1.25 maximum magnification (2.5x in full-frame terms)! It has a 9.5 cm (3.7-inch) minimum focusing distance, allowing you to capture small subjects in great detail.
The overall build quality of this lens is quite good and it weighs just 128 grams. It isn’t weather sealed, but that’s understandable considering the price. Most importantly, the Olympus 30mm f/3.5 Macro is very sharp and we think it punches above its weight. Overall, this lens offers great value for money!
Option #2 – Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8
The Lumix 30mm f/2.8 Macro is another well-priced macro lens for micro 4/3 mirrorless cameras. It’s great for close-up work thanks to its 1:1 maximum magnification (2x in full-frame terms). You can get very close to your subject thanks to minimum focusing distance of just 10 cm or 4.1 inches.
Compared to the previously mentioned Olympus 30mm macro lens, this one features noticeably brighter aperture as well as optical stabilization, both of which can be helpful in certain situations. When it comes to sharpness and image quality, Panasonic 30mm f/2.8 Macro definitely delivers. Autofocus is decent in some cases and not so much in other situations.
If you need the faster aperture or image stabilization (keep in mind that IBIS is present in most modern micro 4/3 cameras), this lens is a great alternative to the aforementioned Olympus lens, although it comes with a higher price tag!