One thing that Micro Four Thirds shooters have always had in their corner is premium optics. The smaller sensor of the camera system really lends itself to shooting through the center area of any optics placed in front of it, and that leads to unsurpassed edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity. While some shooters balk at the 2x crop factor, others enjoy the benefits of the exceptional Micro Four Thirds cameras made by Olympus and Panasonic, the technology packed inside, and the choice of exceptional native optics or the benefits of adapted glass.
The New Workhorse Wide Zoom
Released this year is the 16-36mm-equivalent Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. lens. The lens is packed with exotic elements, including an aspherical ED lens, one UHR element, three standard aspherical lenses, and two ED elements. Its weatherproof design contains a rounded 7-blade diaphragm and a 240-frame-per-second autofocus system.
More PRO Lenses
Olympus added to its already impressive lineup of PRO lenses with the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PROoptics. Both prime lenses feature super-wide f/1.2 apertures for exceptionally shallow depth of field work and light-gathering capabilities. The 17mm lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 34mm, making it a great street-shooting, everyday lens.