Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses For Video


olympus om-d with 12-40mm lense

When you are looking for the best micro four thirds lenses for video, you will have a few different requirements than searching for a lens for still photographs.

Your main concern will be ensuring that the lens is silent. You probably do not want to hear the ‘whirring’ sound of the lens when you are zooming in on your shot, do you?

Ideally, the lens should also be incredibly versatile. We aren’t just talking about the cameras that it can attach to here. We are talking about how the lens performs. When you are shooting brilliant videos, you probably do not have the time to switch out lenses repeatedly. You want something that will work for most shots you want to make.

We have gone through product after product. What follows is, what we believe, are the best micro four thirds lenses for video on the market. All of these will come from fantastic manufacturers, so you know that they are the best in the class. 

Olympus 40-150mm 

Olympus are known for making some brilliant lenses, and this 40-150mm telephoto lens is no exception to that rule.

One of the main marketing points for this camera is just how silent the lens is. Having played around with this camera, we can certainly agree with that. While there may be a small amount of whirring on camera when you zoom in with this lens, it will be barely noticeable. This is pretty much as silent as you can get with lenses.

The zoom on this is incredibly powerful, and the image quality is crystal-clear. If you want to produce good-looking videos, then this Olympus lens should be in your sightline.

Rokinon Cine 135mm Telephoto Lens

The minimum focusing length on this micro four third lens for video from Rokinon is 2.6-feet, so if you are planning on focusing on shots a bit closer than that, then this lens probably isn’t going to be for you.

Outside of that, this lens is brilliant. While this is a lens that could quite easily be used by a photographer, absolutely everything about this lens has been designed for the videographer. This makes it one of the best micro four thirds lenses on the market.

The fast T/2.2 aperture of this camera lens means that it is going to be brilliant for those in low-light conditions. So, if you do a lot of your filming at night, this camera lens is a ‘must buy’.

Even if you shoot in daylight hours, you will still love this lens. The anti-flare technology in the lens means that even the brightest of days won’t stand in your way of creating some brilliant videos.

One of the reason why this lens made it to our list is due to how ‘cinematic’ everything feels when shot with this lens. The colors are absolutely perfect, and the image quality is tight. With this lens, you are going to be ending up with a video that looks pretty close to ‘real life’.

Sigma Contemporary Micro Four Thirds Lens – 16mm F1.4

With a blisteringly fast F/1.4 aperture, this Sigma lens is perfect for shooting in low-light conditions.

The aperture isn’t just brilliant for low light shooting, though. Many people love this lens because it can really add a proper depth of field to shots. Basically, it makes everything seem a whole lot more cinematic. Perfect for videographers.

Autofocus has been built into this lens. This means that you can worry about shooting quality videos without needing to worry too much about ensuring that the focus is perfect. The lens will be doing the hard work on that front. Of course, if you want to put the focus into your own hands, you can easily switch that option off.

This is an incredibly quiet lens. Even when the autofocus motor is whirring away, you would have to really be listening intently to hear it on the video. As long as you are not filming a completely silent shot, we doubt that you will hear the motor at all. The ‘sound dampening’ is just that good.

This is a 16mm lens, so if you need something that zooms in, this probably isn’t the right lens for you. However, the lack of zoom means that it is going to be brilliant at those ‘closer’ shots i.e. the ones that most videographers are going to be pumping out anyway.

Panasonic 35mm to 100mm Lens

We are going to wrap up with this offering from Panasonic. As you can imagine, since this is a professional quality lens, the price is going to be sky high in comparison to other lenses on the market. However, the price is worth it if you want to invest in a lens that can offer perfect clarity in your shots.

This is probably one of the most rugged lenses on the market. It doesn’t matter whether it is raining, snowing, or incredibly dusty, this lens is going to outperform the competition. Therefore, we recommend this as one of the best micro four thirds lenses for video for those that are planning to shoot some videos in more unique locations.

Pair this lens with a quality camera, and you will be able to shoot stunning 4K video.  This is all due to the sublime performance of the lens.

Of course, the 35mm to 100mm lens will ensure that you will be covered for pretty much every eventuality when you are shooting video. Don’t worry, the lens boasts a very silent motor too, something that will not hamper any other sound you hear in your shots.

Conclusion for the Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses for Video

Remember; most lenses will work for shooting video, but not all of them are going to be brilliant at the job. Spend your time looking for a silent, versatile micro four thirds lens for your video projects, and you will end up with something that will give you the shots that you know that you are capable of.

John Kilmerstone

I'm an Aussie living in Japan who enjoys traveling and photography. Please visit this website and explore the wonderful world of Micro Four Thirds photography. Discover the advantages of carrying a small yet powerful camera system.

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