The Olympus 150-400mm f4.5 Pro is the largest and most expensive micro four thirds lens released to date. It was highly anticipated by wildlife professionals and enthusiasts before the official price cooled the hype. Has Olympus gone too far, or is this a “one of kind” lens that you won’t find elsewhere?
The Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary is a fast telephoto prime lens designed for Sony E-mount and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless systems. It becomes the third 1.4 lens in the series, following the popular 30mm f/1.4 and 16mm f/1.4. With its 112mm coverage in Micro Four Thirds terms, it targets those in search of a fast yet affordable mid-telephoto prime for portraits, low-light work, travel and more.
One of the Sigma’s closest rivals is the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8. First released in 2012, it is a lens that many Micro Four Thirds users covet owing to its excellent optical quality and creamy bokeh. We ourselves have owned this lens for many years, and Mathieu often used it when he worked as an events photographer in Turin. For this reason, we were just as curious as many of our readers to see how this long-standing jewel in the Micro Four Thirds crowd would stand up against its latest opponent!
A brand new addition to the mirrorless range of primes is the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary, a wide-angle lens with a bright f/1.4 aperture available for both Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mounts.For Sony APS-C users, it is the first 24mm lens (35mm equivalent) with a bright f/1.4 aperture for the system. In the case of Micro Four Thirds however, it joins an already ample number of bright aperture primes with similar focal lengths such as the Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1.7, Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.2 Pro and Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8.
Small and portable fast aperture primes are abundant within the Micro Four Thirds lens range, with two of the most alluring being the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 and the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 for those who love moderate-wide photography.