The Best Lenses for Olympus PEN

        My most read post is this one: ‘The Best Lenses for Fashion Photography”. Where I use my Canon/Sigma lenses on a full frame camera. But I also like to show the differences with my four Olympus lenses.

        Olympus works with a MFT (Micro Four Thirds) sensor what is smaller than APS-C or also called crop sensor. (Read my post about full frame vs. crop sensor here.) This means that a Olympus 25mm will act as a 50mm on a full frame camera because has a 2x crop so it doubles.

        I captured everything with my Olympus PEN E-PL8 (EN link) / (NL link)

        The lenses I own are the :

        Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 (EN) / (NL).

        Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 (EN) / (NL)

        Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 (EN) / (NL)

        Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5‑5.6 EZ Pancake (EN) / (NL)

        With my prime lenses I also showed the difference between the aperture of f/1.8 and f/11. With f/1.8 you can make beautiful photos but a blurred background. Especially when the model or subject is closer to the camera then in my examples.

        The distance from the camera on tripod to the model is 5 meters as you can see in the images below

        Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5‑5.6 EZ Pancake

        Top: 14mm  / Bottom: 42mm

        Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8

        Top: f/1.8  / Bottom: f/11

        Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8

        Top: f/1.8  / Bottom: f/11

        Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8

        Top: f/1.8  / Bottom: f/11

        The lens I use the most is the Olympus 17mm f.1.8 because I love the wider focal length. It’s perfect for my daily shots, also the 25mm f/1.8 is great for all kinds of photography. The pancake 14-42mm is perfect for the moments when I don’t want to switch lenses and it’s super compact. The lens that surprise me the most is the Olympus 45mm because of it’s sharpness!

        I hope this article made it more easy for you to choose your next Olympus lens! Let me know if you have any questions!








        Liselotte Fleur



        Super helpful! Thank you very much!

        Very interested in the Pen F. However. I’m uncertain if Olympus has a high quality prime lens that will be the equivalent of a 28mm full frame. Can you help with options?

        Hi! Can I ask which tripod do you recommend? And if the one you use for the PEN fits a dslr too? :)

        Great article and super helpful.

        Great article! Olympus has great lenses! I use the 25 mm for almost everything!


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