12 new lenses from Schneider, Olympus, Panasonic, Big, SLRmagic….which one do you like?


The 42.5mm f/1.2 and 150mm f/2.8 Panasonic prototype lens (Image courstesy “H.B.”).

I am a bit surprised Sigma and Tamron still didn’t show any new m43 lens. Anyway, a total of twelve lenses (some are protptypes only) have been announced at Photokina. We have the new SLRmagic manual lenses, the amazing three Schneider AF lenses for less than 1500 Euro, the new BIG lens and of course the Panaosnic and Olympus lenses. Now we all want to know from you:

What are the new announced lenses you are considering to buy?

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I am so curious to see the results!

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK (horrible price in UK!).
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Adorama (Click here).


  • mpgxsvcd

    42mm F1.2! Yes please

    35-100mm F2.8 will be in my hands this year as well.

    • Chris K

      The 42/1.2 intrigues me. Visions of the Canon 85/1.2 and Sigma 50/1.4 dance in my head, and if Panasonic can deliver a similar esthetic for a reasonable price (read: <$800) I'm very interested. I don't have a portrait lens for M43 yet, but f/1.2 and pleasing bokeh at this focal length could make me jump.

      And of course I'm going to get the 15mm cap thing. It's just too cool to skip.

      • Why do you think about the Canon 85 1.2 ? It’s a complete different rendering lens

    • Sqweezy

      The sign on the glass says 42mm
      The number on the lens says 43mm
      The caption for the photo says 42.5mm

      Which one is it?

      • HB

        I think it’s gonna be a 85mm equivalent but 42,5 sounds maybe a bit too complicated, so they call it 42mm or 43mm…

  • Bronica

    Admin, you forgot the SLR Magic T:0,95/ 25mm. They have already some IQ-tests on the Internet.

    If it’s cheaper than the Nokton, it would be worth to consider.

  • Nick

    Sold on the 60mm Macro – I think I’ll be ordering one with an OMD in the next couple of weeks :)

    The Panasonic 35-100mm and 150mm and Oly 17mm I see very as very important for the system but don’t interest me personally. The 42.5mm I’m very much interested in but I’d probably pass in favour of a CV 42.1/f0.95 Nokton (my guess for their next MFT lens).

    All in all, interesting times for the system :)

    • Dossen

      A rectilinear 8-10mm prime would be awesome indeed but I just got me a used 12mm. Now that everybody goes for $$$ 12mm limited black edition the prices are coming down a bit.

      So it’s the Oly 17mm for me, the Oly 60mm is a may-be.
      But Sigma or Tamron lenses could still be interesting.

      • Duarte Bruno

        The Samyang 7.5mm is a gem at incredible value. All it takes is some intelligent defishing (Panini).

  • twoomy

    Geeze, doesn’t anybody want to go wide? 10mm? 8mm (not-fisheye) perhaps? I know we have the Pany 7-14 and Oly 9-18, but I’d love for somebody to make a corner-to-corner sharp high-end ultra-wide prime or zoom.

    Seems like we have a zillion mid-range primes now.

    • mpgxsvcd

      The 12mm F2.0 Olympus lens suits my needs for wide and fast. For really wide and not so fast the 7-14mm F4.0 is perfect.

      Sure a 10mm F1.8 would be cool. However, I don’t think it really would be as good as the 12mm F2.0 after the in camera corrections that would have to happen.

      • Esa Tuunanen

        > Sure a 10mm F1.8 would be cool. However, I don’t think it really would be as good as the 12mm F2.0 after the in camera corrections that would have to happen.

        12mm m.Zuiko is already corner softened by software geometric distortion correction and small size.
        Even Lumix G 7-14mm zoom has more even corner to corner sharpness.

    • Dossen

      A rectilinear 8-10mm prime would be awesome indeed but I just got me a used 12mm. Now that everybody goes for $$$ 12mm limited black edition the prices are coming down a bit.

      So it’s the Oly 17mm for me, the Oly 60mm is a may-be.
      But Sigma or Tamron lenses could still be interesting.

    • Zass

      Pany 7-14 is the corner-to-corner sharp, straight from maximum aperture, high-end ultra-wide zoom that you can buy now. Unless you need f2.8, well the wait continues…

    • Iiee

      Why do we need more premium wide angles? The 7-14 is awesome and there is the oly and slrmagic 12mm sure a 10mm could work but i’d like a 200mm f2.8 or at least a 100-300mm f4. There are no hq teles for the system yet and the new 150mm 2.8 is the only one on the horizon can those of us who like our subjects to not to runaway have some more stuff first. M43 could then become a great wildlife system that you could actually carry around, on your own, without a sherpa :-O . Not that its that bad at the moment- http://www.flickr.com/photos/62700750@N07/8009193046/in/photostream

      • Steve

        Yes, I would like to upgrade my 100-300mm lens. The crop factor on m43 is a great advantage. What people don’t realize is that most birders don’t do BIF but rather do more static birds or smaller birds in trees where continuous AF is not that important.

        At least with the 150mm f2.8 they are going in the right direction. Just not fast enough.

        • Iiee

          I don’t really shoot birds that much so 2.8 is more than fast enough for my usage and any more than that and lens size starts to be an issue again. Im only really looking for parity in focal lengths and speed and 300 and 400mm equivalent F2.8s with stabilisation a couple of teleconvertors, sub £1.5k price tags and sub 1.5kg weight would make me a happy snapper. Oh and a completely unaffordable m4/3 version of the 4/3 olympus 300mm f2.8 you know just to drool over.

      • twoomy

        I have both the Pany 7-14mm and the Oly 9-18. The Pany is a great lens, but it doesn’t take filters. The Oly 9-18 is convenient and takes filters, but its corner sharpness isn’t very good at all.

        So if a 8-10mm prime that takes filters and has good corners actually existed (along the lines of the 12mm), it would make me and other landscapers pretty darn happy.

        • Iiee

          Sure but at least you have some lenses that already do the job even if they are a little flawed and have a couple good 24 equivalents to tide you over. At the long tele end we have no primes and only 2 slow non constant aperture zooms.

    • c.d.embrey

      Way too many zoomz, and not enough Long Lenses or Wide Lenses. How about 200mm, 300mm and a 7mm??

  • cherez

    ahah Oly and all the panny 4/3 will die after the sony nex 9 FF!!! :)

    • Bronica

      MFT and FF are partners. They complement one another. :-). APS-C is needless.

    • CC

      oh oh how would it be possible? What about present NEX lenses? They won’t fit a future NEX FF.

    • T-L

      You mean toy-like, ‘blad priced, FF machine with Sony lenses that won’t be able to feed the uber-resolution it will have? Yeah, sure, we shall sea what system will last longer… ;)

  • Cristián


    I repeat twoomy’s question, to make it real clear:

    “…doesn’t anybody want to go wide? 10mm? 8mm (not-fisheye) perhaps? PLEASE, WITH filter thread, for grads, etc.

    • No, thanks. 14mm (28 eq.) from the kit lens wide end is enough for me.

      I prefer shallow DOF portrait lenses and reasonably fast telephotos.

    • I second that.

  • Simply cannot understand why 17/1.8 is so popular as it definitely will be bigger and more expensive than the really good Pana 20/1.7.

    I hardly think the somewhat faster and quieter AF would justify that…

    • Dossen

      – faster AF
      – nearly silent MSC AF
      – wider focal length
      – no E-M5 banding issues
      What else do you need? I sold my 20mm due to these four downsides of the lens.

      • Arkersaint

        Funny that you did not mention it’s not silver, Oly fan boy !

        • Dossen

          The grey on the 20mm would actually qualify as silver for Olympus.

          And how can I not favour Olympus lenses, if Panasonic adds OIS in all theirs to make them bigger?

      • quiguelbola

        I have Sold my 20mm 2 month ago buy the 25 pana and begin to wait for an update for the 1 7 . Now the wait is over. 20mm is great for Street Shooting, but lam almost Sure 17mm will be even better for the perspectiue

    • BB

      The Panny 20mm has serious flaws. As pointed out by the other post.

      I would add very poor out of focus highlights.

      The bokeh on the Panny 20mm simply sucks.

    • Ryan

      Snap to manual focus. Hyperfocal scale. These are critical for street photography. The lack of this on the 20 and the slow AF make the Panasonic largely worthless to me for anything but static subjects in bright light.

  • How about the SLR Magic 35mm Cine Prime T0.95?

  • Andreas

    Geeze, doesn’t anybody want to go wide? 10mm? 8mm (not-fisheye) perhaps?

    8 / 2.8 would be great!

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t sigma release m43 lens?

    I want Sigma 10-20mm for m43!!!!

  • memento

    where is the none option?:P
    i just want an affordable standard prime lens
    between 25 to 35mm at least f1.8…with auto focus…

    • Schneider 30mm f/1.4 (8%, 87 Votes)

      Though not 100% sure whether it will be really affordable…

      • memento

        thats my point!…i am starting to think that maybe the m4/3 system isn’t the right choice for a beginner(like me)…its getting too expensive!!!

        • Bronica

          You can by a used 20mm/ 1/7 from Panny, less than 300 Bucks – really high IQ. I use it with the OMD – I’m very satisfied. Yes, it is not so fast – but it’s ok. I saw no Banding -Issues.

          20mm is in many cases more flexible than 25mm.

          • Iiee

            We could really use a sub £130 fast normal prime for 4/3rd all the established systems have one and the closest m4/3rds comes is the sigma 19mm 2.8

  • Bronica

    Want a 6mm f5.6 – a MFT Version of the Voigtländer ultra Wide Heliar 121°.

    A 100-300 F4 would also be cool.

  • would be nice if the Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.2 can make me forget my Nokton 50mm f/1.1

    • :D Not really sure whether it will be cheaper as well.

      • yeah i expect it to be around 1000 or more.

  • Andrew

    What seems interesting is that the lenses Olympus and Panasonic are releasing aren’t competing as directly. And the lenses that can be argued as similar are coming out with several months’ gap. It’s almost as if there’s an agreement to come out with different lenses to not but heads too directly. Nice.

    Oly – 12, 17, 45, 60, 75
    Pana – 14, 20, 25,45(macro), 12-35, 35-100.

    Olympus, your next lens I hope is finally a short, fast zoom (14-54).

  • Oly 12-54 2.8-4.0 ;)And maybe 60mm for Macros.

    • alexander


  • matteo

    Olympus 90-250 F2.8 Mft ;-)

  • Eureka

    The Olympus 60mm Macro is probably my next lens. I’m not shooting enough macro these days to get it yet, but once I sell my Canon 100mm macro I’ll probably fill that gap in my gear with the Olympus. I’m still researching and deciding between the Olympus OMD and Panasonic GH3 for my next big m4/3 purchase.

  • c.d.embrey

    While waiting for more Long Lenses, how about high-quality 1.4x and 2.0x Tele Converters?? A 75mm with TCs would work well for motorsports and team sports and the upcoming 150mm with TCs would be great for surfing (150mm plus 1.4x would be awesome at 56th St).

  • Patboyslim

    Definitely the Olympus 17mm f1.8. just boils down to the price.

  • Yun

    I vote for 42.5 F1.2 , that will my dream lens .
    Hopefully it acheive the standard of Nikor 85mm F1.4 , an extraordinary sharp lens in my opinion . Make it a legendary lens .
    The 150mm F2.8 will be very good if Pana managed to create a new sensor to cope with it .
    Since Fuji & Sony are going for fullframe mirrorless , why not Pana too .

  • danl

    I’ll consider another manual focus lens for my Oly *only* after Olympus implements focus peaking (or something equally usable).

    Of course there’s the question of what’s in it for them? Why should they implement a feature that makes their camera more useful with lenses they don’t make?

  • Edu

    The percentage sums 200%!!!!!

  • Sqweezy

    If I buy the weather-sealed GH3, I would like to fit it with weather-sealed LENSES!

    Apart from the 35-100mm f2.8, and the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro, which, if any, of these new lenses will be weather sealed? This should be a major issue in the purchasing decision.

  • GaryG

    Not of them they are all too middle of the road focal lengths. A long telephoto or an ultra-wide would intrigue me. A remake of Panasonic’s 14 to 140mm in an X version would get my credit card out. A 2x tele-extender that would be hot!

  • Adam

    Looking good to me. I recently lost my “big” DSLR equipment through burglary – I was on holiday and left it all at home because it was too heavy and bulky… I now have a $7k store credit to replace it, so I am looking forward to getting some nice lenses that I’ll take with me on the next trip. I considered the NEX 7, but I’ll go where the lenses are.

    • mooboy

      Hmm, I know burglary sucks, is a huge inconvenience and you probably feel violated etc… but I think I’d be also kind of happy if I could get a replacement check for the cost of all my FF gear.

      Don’t get me wrong, I do still love it all, but I just find I’m using it less and less compared to my m43 system.

      • mooboy

        It’s not quite as simple as that, but in terms of bokeh and depth of field etc, the general rule of thump is to multiple by 2. So, a 42.5mm F/1.2 will be somewhat similar to a 85mm F/2.4 on a 35mm camera.

        So, if you absolutely love thin DOF and bokeh, probably a FF camera like the new Nikon D600 is a better choice for you (as long as willing to take the extra weight and size that comes with both it and the lenses).

  • CallMeDoofus

    I need to understand something and you can help me. I love good Bokah so I’m really attracted to the low F rating on some of these lens – but then I vaguely heard that (something like) an F1.2 on a M43 was like a F2.8 on a full frame.

    Can someone help me out here?

  • ReadingZ

    One thing got my attention, and its not so good from my prospective, that pana starting to make “Larger” lenses, by Larger i means NEX style Larger, lenses feel absolutely unmatched to the camera body, just looks all the X series lenses, the 12-35, 35-100, 43(or 42.5 or 42 whatever) and the 150 they all way to big for the m43 system, guess thats the reason to make new GH3 bulky, cause the lenses are getting bigger. Do not think me wrong, we all love the highend lenses with awesome aperture, but in the meanwhile no one like their camera with an giant lens, just like the NEX, if the m4/3 is a system, i think the system should consist with its advantages.

    one more thing, using the 35-100 on my favorite OMD, its good, but more like a lens raping

    • mooboy

      Someone once posted a pic of a OMD with 12-35 f/2.8, a D7000 with 17-55 f/2.8 and a D700 with 24-70mm f/2.8. (I’d like to link to it but I forgot where) Anyway, you’ll see for roughly equivalent lenses (I won’t go into DOF equiv arguments here) that the 12-35 is combo is just tiny. This is a factor that prompted me to get the 12-35, as a D700 with 24-70mm was my previous ‘versatile’ walk around combo.

      Sorry, I’m wafting a bit. But, if you want a 12-35mm, or a 35-100mm… it’s great you have the choice, and much smaller and lighter than their FF counterparts. If size is your primary concern, than still have good options like the 20mm pancake.

      Likewise, I think it’s not bad that the GH3 is relatively bulkier – as again gives choices and options. Though, personally, I’m more likely to go for a GX2 (when available) or an E-PM5 – personal preference.

      By 35-100, do you mean Oly 43 or Panny m43? If the latter, where on earth is it available from?

  • JP

    What’s up Olympus…everyone (or more than 2,000 people that responded) wants a wide aperture lens built to the 12 mm specs, in the 17 mm focal length…and you are building it…all we need to know is when and how much? Is that so hard to answer?

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