If you’re looking for the best 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 probably know, certain lenses may offer some additional features when used with the camera body made by the same company. For example, you may get better image stabilization 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 in mind, here are our favorite macro lenses for micro 4/3 cameras:
Best Choice – Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro
We think that this macro lens is a perfect combination of sharpness, compactness and reasonable price. It offers 1:1 magnification (or 2x magnification in full-frame terms). The 60mm focal length combined with 19cm (7.5 inches) minimum focusing distance means that this lens will give you a solid working distance between your subject and the lens. This will make lighting the subject much easier than if you were working with a 30mm macro lens, for example.
Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro is very small and incredibly light lens, and it’s also dust and weather sealed. Image quality is excellent and the only thing we wish was better on this lens is the autofocus, which hunts occasionally. All things considered, this is our favorite macro lens for micro 4/3 cameras.
Option #2 – Panasonic Leica Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8
This was one of the first lenses Panasonic released for the micro 4/3 mirrorless system and their first Leica-branded lens as well. Although it’s a bit older, the Panasonic Leica 45mm f/2.8 Macro still performs very well and is quite sharp even when used with the latest micro 4/3 cameras.
Panasonic Leica 45mm f/2.8 Macro offers 90mm equivalent field-of-view, along with 15cm (5.9 inches) minimum focus distance. Just like the previous lens from Olympus, it offers 1:1 maximum magnification. It’s even sharper than the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro, but it is also significantly more expensive. However, if money is no object or you simply prefer the 90mm field-of-view, this may be the lens for your!