Round Out Your Mirrorless Collection with These Top Lenses

November 2, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO
Editor's Choice

Delivering a 24-200mm equivalent focal length, this new lens maintains a constant f/4 aperture throughout its zoom range and stops down to f/22. It has image stabilization that works together with the in-camera stabilizer in select OM-D and PEN cameras to deliver a whopping 6.5 stops of image correction. When used on a Micro Four Thirds camera without in-body stabilization (or outside of the Olympus family), the lens will deliver five stops of shake reduction. The 12-100mm offers a magnification of .6x and is weatherproof.
Price: $1,300

Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G

The new FE 12-24mm F4 is Sony’s widest E-mount lens to date. It uses a linear motor for focus control and a direct drive SSM for quiet AF operation. It can focus on objects as close as .92 feet and stops down to f/22. It has seven aperture blades and uses Sony’s Nano AR coating and ED glass elements to minimize optical aberrations.
Price: $1,700

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH

This lens offers a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 16-36mm. It’s dust- and weather-sealed and has coating to minimize flare and ghosting. An inner focus drive system keeps the lens quiet during autofocus with a micro-step drive to enable smooth aperture changes. Panasonic said the AF tracking performance when zooming has also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.
Price: $1,100

Rokinon AF 35mm T/2.8

The new AF 35mm T/2.8 lens supports autofocusing on Sony E-mount cameras and measures in at a squat 1.2 inches. It weighs 3 ounces. The 35mm lens can focus on objects as close as 13.8 inches from the front of the lens and stops down to T/22 (Rokinon has calibrated this lens by the cinema T-stop standard). There are seven aperture blades, and it accepts 49mm filters.
Price: $399

Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Canon’s mirrorless camera lineup was revitalized last year with the launch of several new models and new lenses. The compact 18-150mm (equivalent to a 29-240mm on a full-frame camera) has built-in image stabilization good for up to four stops of shake reduction. When paired with the EOS M5 camera body, the lens supports Canon’s Combination IS stabilization system for five-axis correction during video recording. It delivers a maximum magnification of .31x and can focus on objects as close as 0.82 feet (at 18-50mm). A manual focus override lets you make manual tweaks to focus when in autofocus.
Price: $500

Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2

The new FiRIN line from Tokina gives Sony shooters a lens that’s equally at home shooting stills or recording video. The first model, a 20mm f/2 manual focus lens, has a wide focus ring and an aperture ring that can be de-clicked for quiet and smooth exposure changes during video recording. It has nine aperture blades and stops down to f/22.
Price: $399

Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 R WR

For Fuji’s X-series of APS-C mirrorless, the XF 50mm delivers a 35mm equivalent of a 76mm focal length. It’s weather-sealed and offers an inner focusing system. Autofocus is driven by a quiet stepping motor, and there are aperture and focusing rings on the lens’s metal body. There are nine aperture blades that stop down to f/16. You can focus on objects as close as 39cm from the front of the lens with a magnification of .15x.
Price: $450

Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH

Designed for Leica’s SL full-frame mirrorless camera, this 50mm prime has an internal focusing mechanism so it retains its size as you adjust focus. It can focus on objects as close as .6m from the front of the lens, and it stops down to f/22. The Summilux 50mm uses multilayer coatings on all lens surfaces to reduce chromatic aberrations and other optical ailments.
Price: $5,295

Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85mm

This E-mount lens is weather-sealed with a focus ring that offers a generous 220 degrees of rotation for slow focus pulls. It features an electronic interface so that it transfers EXIF data to Sony cameras as you shoot and also supports focus magnification. You’ll be able to focus on objects as close as .8m. Great for filmmakers, you can de-click the aperture for seamless exposure transitions. All lenses in Zeiss’ Loxia line feature identical filter sizes and are compatible with the Zeiss Lens Gear system for adding follow-focus accessories.
Price: $1,399