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I love shooting with Micro Four Third cameras, and I’m not alone.
Google searches for “best micro four-thirds lenses” have gone through the roof in the past few years. But, newfound popularity in Micro Four Third cameras, also means that we can play around with some (resale!) top autofocuses lenses. And I’m always down for a bargain.
So, I compiled a list of the top autofocus lenses you can use with a Micro Four-Thirds camera, and all for under $300.
BEST PRIME AUTOFOCUS LENSES
If you’re looking for the Micro Four-Thirds equivalent of a 28mm, this one by Panasonic is for you. I use it for street photography, and I’ll also take it traveling with me because it works just as well in low-light as it does at noon.
It’s also tiny at 0.8” thick and 2oz, so it fits in my luggage, and comes with a multi-coated lens so it’s less prone to scratches.
It’s also fun to play with the rounded seven-blade diaphragm because it produces cool highlights when working with selective focus.
Not to be that person, but I’m recommending another one of Panasonic’s line for my best prime autofocus lenses.
This LUMIX strikes me as one of the best micro four-thirds lenses because it’s the equivalent of a 35mm, which means it can be used to shoot virtually any subject at pretty much any time of day, and for one of the cheapest prices of any top autofocus lenses.
It comes with a f/1.7 aperture for incredible low light shooting, and doesn’t skimp in strong lighting conditions either due to a Nano Surface Coating which reduces lens flare.
We can’t get into the best prime autofocuses lenses and not at least mention Sigma’s versatile contemporary lens.
The f/1.4 aperture offers wonderful opportunities for minimizing the depth of field for portraits and close-up shots.
This Sigma should also be considered one of the best micro four-thirds lenses because of the aspherical elements in its optical design, which prevent spherical aberrations and produce sharper photos than any one of these other prime autofocus lenses.
The Super Multi-Layer Coating on this Sigma also enables photographers to grab images with incredible contrast without color distortion. It’s a win-win!
Portrait photographers who haven’t worked with the Olympus Zuiko Digital, what are you doing? This is absolutely one of the best autofocus lenses for portrait photographers, thanks to the short-telephoto focal length and the f/1.8 maximum aperture.
With this lens, you no longer need to be worried that golden hour is fading because it handles low-light portraits just as well.
This is also one of the top autofocus lenses for micro four-thirds cameras because of the Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) autofocus system. It shoots video in the same way it shoots photos - quickly and quietly.
Best Zoom Autofocus Lenses
This Lumix is so cheap, yet it’s great for 4K, is the full frame equivalent of 90-300mm, and is comparatively light.
No, I wouldn’t recommend this Lumix as one of the top autofocus lenses for still photographers, but if you so much as dabble in videography, you need to experience shooting with a Mega O.I.S. It basically prevents your hand shake from diminishing the video quality, so you’re shooting better than with any other micro four-thirds lens.
It also comes with a stepping motor to create an almost silent autofocus.
No, this lens isn’t as exciting as the previous Lumix, but it does everything it’s supposed to, which is sometimes a lot to ask of a lens.
It’s small (3.2oz and less than 1in. In depth), quiet and comes with the MSC autofocus.
It does have one downside though: at f/3.5-5.6, it’s not the fastest lens out there. So, if you’re not involved in sports or wildlife photography in which you need to crank up the shutter speed, check this zoom autofocus lens out.
Where to Buy These Top Autofocus Lenses
Whenever I’m bargain shopping for the best micro four-thirds lenses, I always head straight to Lensfinder.
Not only do they have an incredible array of the top autofocus lenses, but they are a resale website so each one of the lenses in their inventory has a caring photographer behind them.
This means you can rest assured your lenses were taken care of before you came across them, and you can also ask any and all questions of the sellers (no more hassling with third-party sellers on eBay).
Plus, Lensfinder ensures the sellers pay all of the fees and you know exactly what your total is going to be up front.
And, if you can’t find the exact lens you are looking for today, you can always come back tomorrow because the chances are it will be there! It’s a one-stop-shop for lenses that could help you save a good bit of money. What’s not to like about that?