If you’re looking for the best portrait 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 may know, some lenses may offer an additional feature or two 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 will work together to provide better results. 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 portrait lenses for micro 4/3 cameras:
Best Choice – Olympus 45mm f/1.2 PRO
This 45mm lens from Olympus (90mm full-frame equivalent) is your best bet for portrait photography. Lenses of this focal length are perfectly suited portraiture and this particular model is razor sharp and offers gorgeous bokeh, which is a must feature of portrait lenses. Subject separation is a bit harder to achieve on micro 4/3 bodies due to sensor size, but that won’t be an issue with this very fast f/1.2 lens.
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.2 PRO offers premium build quality and weather sealing. This lens provides great autofocus performance -it’s fast and silent, making it great for both stills and video work. Overall, this is an excellent choice for portraiture and there aren’t many downsides of this lens – except slightly larger size and it’s price tag.
Option #2 – Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2
The Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 (85mm full-frame equivalent) was the absolute king among portrait lenses until the arrival of Olympus 45mm on the market and it’s still an amazing choice! Just like Olympus, this lens is incredible in terms of its build quality and overall performance and is quite similar in terms of size and weight. As expected, it also provides beautiful and creamy bokeh.
Unlike the Olympus lens, this one has optical image stabilization that can also provides Dual IS with certain Panasonic cameras. However, this feature, although helpful if your camera doesn’t have IBIS, doesn’t provide a lot of advantage if you own a camera body that has in-body image stabilization. We should note that the Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 is slightly more expensive than the Olympus 45mm f/1.2, so keep that in mind as well.
Option #3 – Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO
When you’re working in photographing subjects in smaller spaces, sometimes it’s not possible to use a 90mm equivalent lens. This is where a wider, fast lens like this Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO comes in. This lens is also an amazing choice for environmental portraits.
Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO features great build quality and weather sealing. It’s super sharp across the frame and at all apertures. The bright f/1.2 aperture will help with subject separation as well as allow you to work in low light situations. The bokeh is smooth and very pleasant.
Just like previous two lenses, the 25mm f/1.2 PRO is quite expensive. However, it’s the best option if you’re searching for a slightly wider lens for your portrait photography.