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Top Three M4/3 Mount Lenses Under $500

By Anthony Thurston on June 13th 2015

We have already highlighted the best budget deals for Canon, Nikon, and Pentax. Now it’s time to highlight the Micro Four Thirds (M4/3) mount, which is shared by Olympus and Panasonic.

This list was particularly hard to put together because both Panasonic and Olympus have some great deals under $500, so picking only three was tough, but we have some really great lenses for you here today.

1. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 – $349


If you want that classic 50mm FoV on a M4/3 based body, then there is no better option under $500 than the Olympus 25mm F/1.8. The M4/3 2x crop means this 25mm lens gives you that classic 50mm field of view, and the F/1.8 aperture ensures that you can let in plenty of light.

You can get your hands on the Olympus 25mm F/1.8 over on B&H for just $349.

2. Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 – $347


Another great sub-$500 prime lens option for M4/3 based cameras is the Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F/2.5, which brings us a 28mm full frame FoV equivalent. This is great for people who want shoot landscapes or environmental portraits with their M4/3 camera.

This lens is also incredibly low profile, at less than an inch thick, it can make for a great street photography lens in conjunction with a smaller M4/3 camera body.

You can get your hands on the Panasonic 14mm F/2.5 today over on B&H for just $347.

3.  Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN – $209


Sigma’s M4/3 Art lenses may not have the clout of their bigger Art series brothers, but these lenses are no pushovers. The 60mm F/2.8 gives you an impressive 120mm full frame field of view equivalent, making it great for tight portraits and other situations where you need a little more reach than normal.

You can get your hands on the Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN for just $209 today over on B&H.

What are your top three M4/3 Mount lenses under $500? Do you agree with our list, or do you have your own ideas? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dustin Baugh

    I usually don’t think of M4/3 lenses has having options under $500. But it’s great that all these lenses together fit in a couple jacket pockets. A good range of 3 primes you can go out on the street with no camera bag, just a camera on your wrist and a lens in each pocket.

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  2. Aidan Morgan

    I love the Panasonic 25mm 1.4 but it’s a little over $500. The Sigma looks really intriguing as cheap as borscht.

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  3. Kristopher Galuska

    Great list! Those three lenses would be a nearly perfect micro 4/3 kit for most usesers. I used to love the 45mm 1.8 but I think the sigma 60 is an even better value for a portrait lens. For me the only lens I might switch out is the 25 mm oly for the new 30mm Panasonic macro. Its slower (f2.8) butot it is nearly a stand fov and it is a 1 to 1 macro.

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  4. satnam singh

    thanks for the article !!

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