Olym­pus

If you’re a Mi­cro Four Thirds user, your bag is likely to have enough space to fit one of these

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Olym­pus M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal 17mm f/1.8 £369 www.olym­pus.co.uk

One of the best things about Mi­cro Four Thirds is the avail­abil­ity of small, high- qual­ity primes such as this 17mm f/1.8. With a mod­er­ate widean­gle view equiv­a­lent to 35mm on full-frame, it’s ideal for street pho­tog­ra­phy where you want to be dis­creet. The push-pull man­ual fo­cus ring with dis­tance and depth- offield scales is a par­tic­u­larly nice touch.

Olym­pus M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal 45mm f/1.8 £199 www.olym­pus.co.uk

Per­haps the sin­gle must-have prime for Mi­cro Four Thirds users is this tiny, in­ex­pen­sive lens, which gives a short tele­photo view equiv­a­lent to 90mm. Its rel­a­tively fast max­i­mum aper­ture makes it per­fect for shoot­ing pic­tures of peo­ple in­doors, with a nice de­gree of back­ground blur. It gets a big thumbs up from us.

Olym­pus M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro £899 www.olym­pus.co.uk

All-in- one su­per­zoom lenses are usu­ally op­ti­cally com­pro­mised, but by em­ploy­ing a com­plex 17- el­e­ment, 11- group de­sign Olym­pus has bucked this trend, pro­duc­ing a lens that per­forms re­mark­ably well at all fo­cal lengths. Weather-re­sis­tant con­struc­tion adds to its con­sid­er­able all-round ap­peal.

Olym­pus M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro £359 www.olym­pus.co.uk

This light­weight prime is a real heavy­weight when it comes to close- up work, com­bin­ing ex­cel­lent im­age qual­ity with true 1:1 macro. A large fo­cus-limit switch comes in handy for pho­tograph­ing longer- dis­tance sub­jects such as por­traits. Its weath­ersealed con­struc­tion is the ic­ing on the cake.

Olym­pus M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro £1,099 www.olym­pus.co.uk

A per­fect part­ner for Olym­pus’s 12- 40mm f/2.8, this top-notch large-aper­ture tele­photo zoom pro­vides stun­ning im­age qual­ity across its 80-300mm equiv­a­lent range. Fast, si­lent AF makes it great for shoot­ing mov­ing sub­jects, while a weath­ersealed con­struc­tion means it’ll keep on go­ing when con­di­tions get tough.

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